PW is celebrating blog readers with a little holiday giveaway! For those of you wondering about fountain pens and may still persist in your disposable writing instruments, or those of you curious about a Japanese nib with finer writing characteristics, or those of you who just need a gift for yourself or a friend: maybe you’d like to try a bottle of one of my favorite inks and nice, basic writing pen? Anyone who wants a go is welcome to enter this giveaway!
The winners (chosen by using randomnumber.org to generate random #’s and matching to comment post order #) are:
Victoria (unclaimed) Jack and 123andme! They’ve been contacted via email.
Thanks to everyone who participated. It was great to read of your enthusiasm for fountain pens!
I’m turning off new comments through the remaining holiday season. They’ll be back on with new posts in the New Year.
Hoping to spread a little love for Japanese fountain pen and ink, a set will be given away to 2 readers:
- Black Pilot 78G medium nib, and 60ml bottle of Namiki Blue
- Black Pilot 78G bold stub nib, and 60ml bottle of Namiki Blue
Between now and Sunday 12:00pm EST December 16, 2012: Please leave a comment at the end of this post. Tell me something about you, if you’ve never tried a fountain pen, if you’re new to FPs, you’re a long-time aficionado, or something else you care to share! After all, you know far more about me than I know about you, eh? Also, while there’s no guarantee you’ll get it, please feel free to list your preference in nib size. The winners will be contacted via email and announced herein by December 17th. (We’ll do the random number generator thing…your post # will be your raffle ticket, as it were.) A valid email address is required in order to help avert the s-p-a-m-m-e-r-s.
Made in Japan, the Pilot 78G is a great, inexpensive beginner’s fountain pen when it writes properly. (There can be ink starting/flow issues or scratchy misaligned nibs.) These two pens have been tested by moi to ensure that they will write for you without issue! Both are smooth and sweet pens with steel nibs. While many covet the bold stub nib, the medium is highly underrated nib, IMHO.
The pens are lightweight: 13g capped/posted; 9g uncapped. Length: capped 5 3/8″; uncapped 4 1/8″; posted almost 6″. All weights and sizes approximate.
The Pilot 78G is not available via a USA authorized Namiki/Pilot dealer. The pen will come with a squeeze converter. If that’s not to your liking, you could replace that with a CON-50 converter or Pilot/Namiki ink cartridges—both of which are available from authorized Namiki/Pilot dealers. Namiki Blue can be found as Pilot Blue outside many countries. Both versions are widely available from authorized dealers.
Happy holidays to all who patiently read PW’s ever so long pontifications, and especially to those of you I’ve come to know through the blog and FPN! Here’s wishing for better, brighter days ahead for all of us in the New Year.
A Smattering of Thoughts about the Pilot 78G
- Ink of Me Fondly, Pilot 78G Fountain Pen Fine Nib Black Body, November 2012
- Bana Sıkça Yaz (Write to Me Often), Pilot 78G, April 2012
- Video: S.B.R.E. Brown’s Pilot 78G Eyedropper Conversion, January 2012
- FPN, Pilot 78G Pluses and Minuses, December 2011
- Mis plumas estilograficás, Pilot 78G, December 2011 (English translation here)
- Rants of the Archer, B is for Bold, October 2009
- Okami’s Pilot 78G Review, November 2009
A Bit About Namiki Blue