I like Pilot fountain pens, they are some of my favourites… I tend to find that Pilot as manufacturers more often than not hit the mark when producing fine fountain pens at various price points. So when I was asked by the guys over at Penchalet.com to write a review on this pen, the Pilot Knight, I was happy to oblige, and took the luxury of taking some time over it (sorry guys). But then again I think a good review demands time, I find that initial reactions can sometimes be misleading and tastes and feelings tend to change as a pen is used and then used again, and I wanted my thoughts on this pen to come from a position of some serious use. So here we go…
Description: This is a very good looking pen. I was immediately impressed with the the package when it arrived as the box which contains the pen is of a good quality, It has a soft faux-leather cover with the Pilot brand name in bold relief on the lid. Open the box and the pen is impressive to look at. The one I’m reviewing is finished in matte silver with chrome trim. It is very tactile and has an impressively solid and substantial feel.
The pen has a silver steel nib, similar I think to the aforementioned Metropolitan, which is reassuring as I have had good experiences with this type of nib. The body of the pen has a nice taper on each end. The clip is interestingly attractive for such a hefty, polished chrome affair, and very secure and smooth in use. It easily clips onto a shirt or inside jacket pocket firmly. The cap fits snugly on the body of the pen with a firm click. It has a plastic inner which makes this and osting smooth without fear of scratching. The grip section is black and quite short. The Knight is comfortable to hold and feels well balanced whether posted or unposted. The pen comes with a proprietary cartridge and a large squeeze converter as standard.
Dimensions: One of the first things I noticed about this pen was its weight; it weighed in at 36g. That’s not overly heavy but noticeably heavier than say the Pilot Metropolitan (MR in the UK). The pen is 135mm long when capped and 116mm long uncapped. The pen posts comfortably and when posted is about 145mm long.
On Test: On the whole I found the pen comfortable to use. Initially the nib, which is a Japanese medium (let the reader understand) ran a little dry for my taste but this was soon rectified with a little adjustment. In general I do prefer fine pens so this was just up my alley. The writing was crisp and precise, quite smooth with a little feedback, which again I prefer.
I’ve used this pen for a while now and must say that as well as becoming a regular it has drawn some nice comments from others as I’ve been out and about. A good pen does say something after all! Others who have asked to use it have commented on its style, reassuring weight and crisp writing.
The pen is perfectly usable either posted or not. I prefer to use the pen posted as it was more suited to my hand that way. Over time I’ve found that the nib and feed prefer inks that run more freely, this is somewhat subjective I know but to each their own.
Summary: When I last looked this pen was being sold at the amazing offer price of $24 on the pen chalet web site, here’s the link. That is a steal for this formidably stylish pen. It normally retails at $48 which means it is priced competitively in the relatively affordable bracket but where it also needs to be a serious pen. Thankfully it is just that.