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Old 04-30-2018, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Has anyone here tried to use a Pilot Con 70 as a converter for kitless pens? Does it work well?

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Yes I've done it, and yes it works well.
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Thanks for the reply!

Are there any specific considerations I should be mindful of? It seems most converters fit snuggly right onto the feed and the Con 70 doesnít quite do that. Iím assuming from your reply thatís not much of an issue? No leaks etc?

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It seems most converters fit snuggly right onto the feed and the Con 70 doesnít quite do that. Iím assuming from your reply thatís not much of an issue? No leaks etc?
I didn't use the Con-70 with a "normal" nib unit (as in, not a JoWo or Bock unit with nib/feed/housing) that has a 0.10" diameter nipple that regular converters fit on. I built a section with a nipple specifically sized for the mouth of the Con-70.
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Do you have a picture you can share of the unit? I was toying with the idea of making a plug thatíll fit inside the Con 70 and that plug will fit into the standard nib units. This however will not allow the push action button to work well I donít think...


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Do you have a picture you can share of the unit? I was toying with the idea of making a plug thatíll fit inside the Con 70 and that plug will fit into the standard nib units. This however will not allow the push action button to work well I donít think...
Sorry, it was for a commissioned piece and I didn't take pix of the end of the section.

I now realize that I didn't make this for the Con-70, it was the Con-50 (which is shorter and has a different fill mechanism but the same diameter mouth as the Con-70).

That said -- since the Con-70 pump action is perfectly happy filling itself though the channels in the feed of a Pilot fountain pen, I reckon it should be okay doing it through the similar-sized channels in the feed of a JoWo or Bock nib unit. How big the mouth of the converter is shouldn't make a difference to this.
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Hmmm I may just give it the olícollege try lol. Thanks again for the input!


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In my early days of pen making, I used a con-70 on two occasions: once with a Jowo nib, and once with a Visconti nib. Neither nib was designed to work with the converter, and the converter was tightly friction fit in the back of the section to hold in in place. Both pens I made filled, and I guess were reasonably reliable, since I haven't heard any complaints from either owner. Would I vouch for its reliability and dependability? Knowing what I do know, probably not, since such proprietary parts are often finicky, as their whole purpose is to not be compatible with parts of other manufacture.
By all means have at it though. Experimenting and pushing yourself out of the box what makes this hobby fun.
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Those pens look great! Thatís how I actually pictured itíll look but my main concern was functionality. Thank you giving some insight on that. How do proprietary pens hold the Con 70 if not via friction? I donít own a pen that uses one so Iím in the dark about that. Iíve seen pictures of pilot pens that have a feed lock of sorts ? Perhaps thatís the secret..


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I believe pilot pens have a piece on the back of the section that fits up into the mouth of the converter, as well as being held in place by friction on the outside of the converter.
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