The nib is a fine in 14K gold and writes very well. To my eyes (which are not what they used to be tbh) this looks as it did when I bought it new see photos...The imperfections you see are fibers from the polishing cloth. I'm clearly not a pro photographer. It came in a very simple box, which I did not keep. Here are the details from the Pilot website. As one of the most highly-praised fountain pens on the market, Pilot is pleased to offer the Custom 823 fountain pen in a NEW Smoke body color with gold accents giving the classic demonstrator style pen a bold, impressive look. Measuring nearly six inches long when capped, the Custom 823 is long in length, but remarkably well-balanced, making the fountain pen comfortable to use either posted or unposted. Combining a unique demonstrator style with a fun-to-use, vacuum filling system, the Custom 823 contains the largest ink reservoir from Pilot which holds 1.5ml of ink.
It is easy to fill with ink by unscrewing the plunger knob at the end of the barrel and pulling back. Immerse the 14-karat gold nib and grip in the bottled ink then push the plunger down. This will create a vacuum drawing the ink into the pen.The Custom 823 fountain pen should only be used with bottled ink. It is not compatible with cartridges. Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen - Smoke with Gold Trim - Medium Point Features. Cap: Smoke; Resin; Screw-Cap; Gold Clip. The item "Pilot custom 823 fountain pen used in excellent cond. Smoke resin (fine nib)" is in sale since Wednesday, September 29, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Pens\Fountain Pens\Pilot". The seller is "edmil" and is located in Maiden, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.