Pilot Custom 912 Black Rhodium

The Pilot Custom 912, with its notched FA (Falcon) nib, serves as the best pen available for our Spencerian customization. But the Custom 912 is more than just a superb tool for copperplate calligraphy - offering the widest array of nib choices available from Pilot, it also serves as a larger companion to the Pilot Falcon Resin and Metal Falcon pens, and with nib choices other than the FA can also be a versatile everyday writer.

If you are looking for a Spencerian customization, select Falcon from the nib list below.

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June 29, 2019



I recently purchased a Pilot Custom 912 with a Spencerian modification. I love calligraphy style writing but I hate having to re dip my pointed pen, especially when I have a good, smooth flow going. So I started searching for a fountain pen that could flex like a pointed pen nib. I purchased a couple of modern "flex" pens, but none of them seemed to flex enough to give me the thick downstrokes that I wanted. When I found this pen, it was a little expensive for me, but I wanted to try it and I was definitely not disappointed. It has an AMAZING flex, just like a pointed pen nib, WITHOUT the hassel of re dipping. I did have some trouble using the ink cartridge that came with the pen because it wouldn't give me a solid flow, but when I switched to bottled ink, I got a lot better flow. It still railroads off and on, but I believe it's something that I'm doing wrong, not the pen. I have only had it for a day or 2, so I'm still getting used to it. But so far it is an AMAZING pen and my only wish is that it came in more colors. I would love to buy more of them in different colors.

The Pilot Custom 912 fountain pen is made available with your choice of six different 14k solid gold rhodium-plated nib including the already-flexible notched "Falcon" nib and the up-swept "Waverly" nib. 



The Custom 912 comes standard with the high capacity CON-70 converter, which provides an ink capacity rivaling that of many piston-fillers. It can be filled with any bottled fountain pen ink, and can also use Pilot brand cartridges.

Pilot offers a wider variety of nibs units in the 912 than in any other model they make available. The Extra Fine is a rigid nib offering the smoothest possible writing experience at such a fine line width, while the Soft Fine has a slightly broader tipping size but provides semi-flex qualities similar to the Falcon Resin and Metal Falcon Fine Soft nibs.  


The newest addition to the tipping points offered with the Custom 912 is the upswept Waverly nib seen here.
On the broader end of the writing spectrum, the 912 also can be provided with a true double-slit Music nib which lays down a juicy ink flow and line-width variation similar to a Stub. Also made available is an actual stock Stub nib itself, which serves as an excellent starting point for our customizations to Left Oblique or to Cursive or Formal Italic.
The biggest attraction for many pen aficionados, however, will be the notched FA nib. The most flexible solid gold nib we know of on any modern pen, it provides a superb starting point for our Spencerian customization, which involves adding additional flex and, most critically, regrinding the nib tip itself to a super extra fine point.

This image illustrates the extreme flexibility of the FA nib even in its stock, unmodified state. It is the most flexible contemporary high quality gold nib we've seen, and can be made even more so with our customization for added flex.

With its sleek black barrel and rhodium trim, the Pilot Custom 912 is simple yet modern. Flat cap ends and a tapered clip complete the look.

The Pilot Custom 912 arrives in a sleek presentation box complete with a converter and starter ink cartridge.

Unless requested otherwise, each pen or nib you purchase from us will be carefully examined, tested, and optimized for your personal writing characteristics before it ships. 

Measurements & Specifications

Closed Length 5.5"
Posted Length 6.2"
Barrel Length 4.1"
Barrel Diameter 0.5"
Section Diameter 0.4"
Ink Capacity 0.9 ml
Filling System Cartridge-Converter
Cap Type Threaded
Clip With Clip
Cartridge Capacity 0.8 ml
Converter Capacity 0.9 ml
Postable Postable
Pen Weight 25 g
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