Pilot 78G: Add character to your every day writing

By Teri Morris • Pens of Interest, What's New • 18 Oct 2014

Pilot 78Gs at Peyton Street Pens
Looking for inexpensive line variation in order to add more expression to your writing? Many customers come to us on the hunt for flex, when really all they are looking for is a way to add character to their every day writing. The popularity of the custom “cursive italic” grind at pen shows and in work shops (our own included) is a testament to the addictive nature of the subtle italic.

By luck or design, Pilot’s venerable 78G fountain pen sports enjoyable italic nibs on their B and BB pens, and those are the only nib sizes we plan on offering. Instead of big round balls making a big fat line on the paper, you get get more of an italic effect with the flat, chisel-nosed nibs. We get stub-like results with the BB nibs and something more along the lines of a medium cursive italic with the B nibs.

Check out the writing sample below, on Rhodia 5×5 paper.
Writing Sample for B and BB Pilot 78G

There’s some talk about where these pens are made, but as far as we know, they were made in Japan. The cap is marked Japan and the nib is marked “Pilot Super Quality Japan.” They came in trays marked Japan, with instructional handouts also marked Japan. So we think they were made in Japan.


We’ve got them in four colors, and they come fitted with a Pilot squeeze converter. Currently sale priced at $22, they ship free to US addresses. Shipping elsewhere in the world via first class is around $7.

The price will go back to $25 at the end of the year, so don’t delay.

2 Responses

  1. I love the style of this blog post. Perhaps it is of note that a blog on “self-expression” through line variation is written with a fine nose for the vernacular, in several respects. Especially the passage in which “Japan” is repeated in various syntactic positions.
    That said, it’s true that stub or stub-like nibs make one sensitive to variation. As shown here, the Pilot 78G broad has a definition sometimes, in my experience, lacking in Pelikan and Monteverde stub nibs — or maybe that’s just Teri ‘s hand.
    As one with so much to learn, I’m glad I’ve experimented with stubs and may well get this Pilot 78G broad. I’ve come to appreciate the range of expressiveness one may discover in broad nibs, even those lacking the characteristics of italic Japanese nibs.

    • I’m addicted to line variation! I’m so lucky because Nivardo is getting very adept at custom grinds …. I hand him something with enough tipping on it and say “Do something interesting with this.”

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