Had I purchased a stock nib with the intention of writing with it unmodified, I probably would have gone with a fine. I’ve never had an issue out of the box, and that was the case with the fine 14k gold nib in the 823. I was re-reading your awesome reviews on pilot custom 743 till I reached the part that you mentioned the Falcon nib is not available on 823. That said, the pen is lightweight (the amber material is acrylic, after all) and the cap posts deeply, so I often post this pen when I’m on the go and don’t have a safe place to rest the cap. No, seriously. The pen holds an absolutely massive volume of ink, making it the perfect pen for someone who writes a lot for long stretches without an opportunity to refill. The filling system also makes the Pilot Custom 823 an excellent traveling companion because it's essentially leak-proof. It is. When the blind cap is closed, it seals the ink in the reservoir, preventing leaks caused by pressure changes on an airplane, in a hot car, etc. Posted on January 14, 2014 by Ray. 18 Pad Specs: Description: Probably one of the best pens out there. The vacuum filling system seemingly holds an entire bottle of ink, making it perfect for writers, even Neil Himself.The 14 karat gold nib is flawless and glides across the page, as you would expect from Pilot. Given the length, I’d imagine that most people would want to use this pen unposted, and certainly those with smaller hands. But it’s not for me. You don’t see transparent demonstrators in this color very often at all (I struggle to even think of another example). First impressions: I’m typically not a gold-trim guy, but I find the gold trim very nice-looking here, as it complements the amber acrylic. While I’m not sure Pilot has a “flagship” pen, the Custom 823 sits atop the mainstream Pilot lineup, both in terms of size and price point. Review: Pilot Custom 823. Similarly, pen store Tokyo Quill offers the Custom 823 in specialty nib sizes such as the semi-flex FA nib and the WA (Waverly) nib, which writes a different line depending on the angle at which you hold the pen. This is a grail pen for many. Maybe at the time of review the fa nib option was not available. The Pilot Custom 823 with gold trim and transparent amber acrylic. Pilot Fountain Pen Custom Heritage 92, Clear Body, F-Nib (FKVH-15SRS-NC-F) 4.4 out of 5 stars 105. It does everything well, with no flaws, and no downside. (See my previous review/explanation of the vacumatic filling system here.). Review: Pilot Custom 823. Intro: Pilot makes a variety of different fountain pen models. Aesthetically, there is no arguing its beauty. The Pilot Custom 823 is one of those pens that sat on my “to purchase” list for a very long time before I actually pulled the trigger at the 2016 Atlanta Pen Show. Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen with Architect Grind Review - Handwritten Review - Review Ink:Sheaffer Peacock Blue Review Paper: Rhodia No. (See the writing sample below, and I’ve written more on this here. This combination of features makes the pen worth the money for me. The Pilot Custom 823 is a big pen. I was actually hoping to fall in love with it while it was on loan to me, and while it is an elite writer, I never bonded with it visually. If you choose to go this route, you may have limited recourse if any problems arise. The Gentleman Stationer participates in the Pen Chalet, Appelboom, Etsy, Shareasale, eBay Partner Network, and Huckberry Affiliate Programs. The Pilot Custom 823 is a full-sized vacuum-filler equipped with a sizeable #15 14k nib. In one shot, the barrel was at least 3/4 full. The price point is actually what kept me on the sidelines, since you can find a Pilot pen with a gold nib at almost half that price. And by the one, I mean that this pen could conceivably be the only fountain pen you own. Nib: Medium nib, ground to an architect point by Richard Binder Filling Mechanism: Integrated vacuum plunger Weight: ~29 grams Measurements: 5.85" … I disagree. Once I inked this pen up, I silently kicked myself for waiting so long. Pilot makes this pen in two other models, a transparent black demonstrator and a clear demonstrator, but U.S.-based retailers don’t carry them, leaving you at the mercy of overseas resellers. Every time I write with this pen, it fills me with joy. September 16, 2016 in Fountain Pen, review. I could have saved myself a lot of wasted time and money by paying a little extra for the pen I knew I would like, rather than embarking on a futile quest to find a lower-priced substitute. Get it as soon as Wed, Nov 25. Generally speaking, you cannot go wrong with a gold nib from any of the Japanese big three - Pilot, Platinum, or Sailor - but Pilot nibs are my personal favorite. Same result as the first time. However, since I acquired this pen at a pen show, I purchased the medium so that I could have Mark Bacas add an architect’s grind. 6. Pilot’s stock nibs run slightly wider than Japanese nibs made by Sailor and Platinum. It has a feel unlike any other Pilot I own. my previous review/explanation of the vacumatic filling system here, The Custom 823 retails for $288, making it a not-inexpensive pen, pen store Tokyo Quill offers the Custom 823 in specialty nib sizes, Ink Review: J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre →, When is a Fountain Pen Too Big? 18 Pad Specs: Description: Probably one of the best pens out there. View fullsize. $138.99 $ 138. Furthermore, vacuum filling systems are somewhat difficult to clean. I’ve not used the ink yet, but it gets excellent reviews, and I’m already a fan of Pilot Blue Black. Other pens, however, don’t have the high-capacity vacuum filling system, and certainly don’t come in the unique amber color. The Pilot Custom 823 is a vacuum-fill pen, not a cartridge/converter or piston filler. (Goldspot Pens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes. 90. Note: A vacuum-filler is different from the vintage “vacumatic” filling system, which is a pump filler. If you'd like to read more on the Pilot Custom 823, I'd recommend these reviews from Brad at the Pen Addict, Ray at FPQuest, and Ed Jelley, who also customized his pen with an architect's grind. Case in point: the Custom 823. Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen with Architect Grind Review - Handwritten Review - Review Ink:Sheaffer Peacock Blue Review Paper: Rhodia No. The Gentleman Stationer contains paid advertising, affiliate links, and paid/sponsored content (which will be plainly disclosed by a Disclaimer when featured). A lot of people think that a grail pen should only be something extraordinarily expensive, something you probably won't ever be able to afford. Sure, you can flush most of the ink out fairly easily, but you’ll always have just a touch of residue around the seal and caught in the silicone grease that seals the threads. The Pilot Custom 823 Vacuum-Fill Fountain Pen, The Pilot Custom 823 is one of those pens that sat on my “to purchase” list for a very long time before I actually pulled the trigger at the 2016 Atlanta Pen Show. Vacuum filling sytems are not that common so my experience is limited, but the way the 823 fills is incredible. I purchased this pen from Brian and Lisa Anderson at Anderson Pens. On the high end pens that I’ve tried such as the Custom 74, the Custom Heritage 92, and now the Custom 823, the nibs need little-to-no-tuning. So much ink! The pen holds a massive amount of ink, and it's fun to watch it slosh around inside the barrel. It’s a large, stiff nib, labeled “No. I haven’t measured, but my understanding is that completely full, the pen holds 2.2ml of ink. And that is the kicker for me with the Pilot Custom 823. The 14 karat gold nib is flawless and glides across the page, as you would expect from Pilot. In the few weeks I spent with the 823 I can see why so many people love this pen. ), L to R: Pilot Custom 92, Custom 91, Custom 912, Custom 823. L to R: Sailor Pro Gear, Pilot Custom 92, Pilot Custom 823, Pelikan Souverän M805, Lamy Safari, Lamy 2000 The Custom 823 is among the largest pens in Pilot's luxury product lineup. So what do I think? Between the two of them, they hold at least a week’s worth of ink. From the moment it touches the page it is good to go with clean, smooth lines. Serial ink changers or neat freaks. Only the Pilot Justus, which sports a nib that adjusts from firm to semi-flex, costs more. 99. Other options New and used from $225.94. Review: Pilot Custom 823. The amber colored barrel with brown end caps and gold furniture is striking, and noticeable from a distance. I’m not based in the US but if I recall correctly the MSRP from Pilot USA is ~$360 USD. I typically end the year with a “nice” pen purchase. I’ve never had an issue with the weight. Deservedly so. If Pilot’s production line could be said to have a flagship pen, the Pilot Custom 823 would probably be it. Matt Posted on January 8, 2017 Posted in Pens, Review 42 Comments. I rarely have a bad experience with Pilot nibs. Or maybe something more like a 'long-term wishlist' pen. I used Pilot Blue Black ink exclusively with this pen and it was an excellent choice.