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Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box


Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box

Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box   Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box
Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box. This longer version of the classic Pilot Elite is an earlier model, probably from the 60s or 70s. I haven't removed the nib and feed so I can't see the date stamp.

This model whilst not incredibly rare is still much less common than the shorter body versions. This pen is in near perfect condition, except for a scratch to the black paint work on the ring between the body and section. This part is the same size and colour as the ring on the Pilot Custom Silver and Stainless steel models, but for some reason only the paint on the Elite models chip. It is replaceable but in the U. A replacement is hard to find, I haven't seen any of the long body elites with an unchipped ring.

Apart from this there's only minor surface scratches to the barrel, cap and section, the nib is in very good condition and writes nicely on smooth paper. The test cards used are textured, and not great for finer nibs.

After I wrote on normal writing paper I found it didn't skip and laid down a nice, even line. The con 40 is either new or nearly new, I order them in batches and try to use as few of them as possible to test the pens. Both pen and converter were cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner after testing, although it's always best to rinse before use. If you're curious about the Script nib, here is some more information.

In the late 1950's Pilot phased out the Stenographer nib and replaced it with their Script nib. This nib was very similar to the Stenographer's nib, but with a rounder grind on a larger ball of iridium.

They were designed for people who had to write quickly for long periods of time. Stenographer nibs had to be made so that the stenographer could write as quickly as possible. At the same time, Japanese business writing preferred sharp line characters. Pilot's stenographer nib utilized a long nib blank with medium fine point and with very little flex.

The iridium was ground to make it smooth, but still a little square. These nibs had a little tooth to them, but not enough to slow down the writing speed.


Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box   Pilot Elite 18k Script Nib'Flat Top' long Barrel Black Gold Trim Con 40 and box