Review: Pilot Penmanship Fountain Pen (EF nib)

The Pilot Penmanship is a rather affordable fountain pen that features an Extra Fine nib. I bought mine for US $10.50 on eBay with shipping included.

The only nib available with this pen is the EF nib. So if you're looking for a pen that can draw really thin lines, this is one to consider.

This is more portable compared to the Rotring and Platinum desk pens that also use EF nibs.

The pen is available in five colours, black, transparent, transparent black, transparent pink and transparent blue.

Since the whole pen is plastic, it's lightweight, almost too light.

The grip section is contoured for the thumb and index finger.

The cap doesn't have a clip, and it's designed in a way to prevent the pen from rolling around on the table. The cap can be posted.

Like most Pilot fountain pens, this is easy to dismantle completely. I'm not sure if you can swap other pen nibs onto this pen though.

The feed is translucent which is kinda cool.

There are some indents on the feed to help position the nib correctly.

There's no design on the nib except the brand and nib size.

One ink cartridge is provided with the pen. This fountain pen can use the Pilot CON-50 converter (discontinued) or the Pilon CON-40.

Ink flow is good.

Since the nib is EF, this is a good pen for drawing details.

It's also a good pen for hatching. The nib is stiff so there's no flex at all.

For a pen that's around US $10, it's quite worth the money. This is a good pen to get if you don't already have an EF nib.

Other affordable fountain pens you can consider are Lamy Safari, Moonman, Duke 209 with fude nib, Noodlers Konrad and Noodler's Ahab.


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This reminds me of the Pilot Plumix, which is inexpensive, much more stylish, and can be had with a stub nib.

Hi Teoh- would this pen make lines similar to the F01 Copic Drawing Pen? I really enjoy using the fine tip of the F01, but I am looking for a more sustainable option that I can use my Platinum Carbon ink in (for use under watercolor).

I have been using a couple of these since years, now. The Penmanship, though it's not very pretty, with that cap resembling a flying squid, is always a winner. Totally inexpensive (I could get mine for around eight bucks), a real Japanese EF nib, which is really thin and won't disappoint you like western EF nibs often do and it can also be used for technical drawing because the stiffness of the nib keeps the line steady and uniform.
I keep one loaded with black and one with Lexington Grey, in which the thin lines are impressive.

Between the penmanship and kakuno, which one draws finer lines? Would u choose the DP-1000AN over the penmanship and kakuno in terms of drawing fine lines?

Hi, I've been following your YouTube Channel for a while now.
Great advice on pens !!
Thank You.

I have a question today.
Which is the (most affordable) finest Pen Nib you have used.
Preferably not too scratchy.

Doesn't matter if it's:
Hero/ Wing Sung/ Pilot/ Lanbitou/ etc

Thank You.

In reply to by Michael Chick (not verified)

@Michael Chick
This Pilot Penmanship is one of the finest nib at an affordable price. It's also portable. Other EF nibs are the Platinum or Pilot desk pens which are too long and can body can bend accidentally.

In reply to by Teoh Yi Chie

I see. Thank You.
Any thoughts on the Pilot Kakuno EF?

I bought the Medium, and am extremely happy with it.
It has a slight flex, which allows for a little line-variation. Not much, but far better than a stiff nib.

Am also considering the CON-70 for my Kakuno, as the Con-40 runs out of ink too quickly.


In reply to by Julia (not verified)

The nib and nib style is a standard interchangeable up to Perea, Metro, Kakuno
So this EF nib is the same as the kakuno
So you can convert your Metro to an EF

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