The Custom 74 gets part of its name from the year it was first offered– Pilot’s seventy-fourth year in business. The design itself is not particularly evocative of pens made in 1918, but it is certainly a very conservative pen design. It is, in fact, not a pen meant to drive users into a particular passion over its looks, although there is enough brightwork in the trim that it’s not completely dull. It is essentially a basic pen with a rather nice gold point. Pilot offers a bewildering array of points for it, in fact, eleven different grades; this is, for those who have looked into the assortment of points most makers offered in the first half of the 20th century, also something of a throwback.
Production Run: 1992 to present.
Cost When New: ¥10,000 (¥12,000 extra-broad points).
Size: 14.2 cm long capped, 16.0 cm posted, 12.9 cm uncapped.
If you are relying on the preceding information to win a bet or impress a teacher, you should read the site’s scholarly caveat. Remember, this is the internet, and it’s full of bad information.