Pilot Capless Decimo Retractable Fountain Pen.
(Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink).
(Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink).
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- Yep, Decimo is a bit thinner and lighter, hard to tell the difference from just looking at the two together.Aug 31, 2016
- Alan K+1Bit more than a paragraph but hopefully you can get what you need from it:
Namiki / Pilot first started producing the Vanishing Point / Capless line of retractable fountain pens back in 1964. This is the Capless Decimo which is slightly lighter and narrower than the standard Capless but shares the same design and nib unit.
Mine is the medium 18k gold nib but the pen is also available with broad, fine, extra fine and a stub nib units which are interchangeable between pens. Can be filled with bottled ink or Pilot cartridges can be used.
Not the cheapest of pens but extremely well built and I'd argue precision engineered. When closed the nib is protected behind a flap which is sealed to prevent drying out. Pressing the button opens the flap, the nib extends and clicks solidly into the writing position. Writing is very smooth, the nib has a little flex and is probably slightly finer than standard European mediums. Not had any issues with drying out, not starting etc, always ready at the click of a button.
This is one of those items that given the price you don't purchase lightly but having taken the plunge and used it every day for the past few months I can't see me ever parting with and given the build quality I expect it to last a lifetime. Put simply it feels like something special, different and quirky that I've come to rely upon and it makes the working day that bit more pleasurable.
If fountain pen talk has reignited childhood schooltime memories for anybody and you don't want to spend Moto G money on a pen try the Pilot Varsity (V Pen), also a daily workhorse for me, a sealed disposable fountain pen with smooth high quality nib for around £2 to £4 in supermarkets and stationery stores.Aug 31, 2016
- Ted SalmonOwner+1Thanks very much, Alan, for taking the time. Will move to show :-)Aug 31, 2016
- Thanks Ted.Aug 31, 2016
- Out of interest which one did you go for? I like the medium nib but am tempted by the 1.0 stub nib unit.Aug 31, 2016
- Great writeup Alan!
I went for a medium as well. I like writing with fountain pens, but was slightly frustrated with capping and uncapping my current pens if I had to pause in taking notes in meetings &c. (Or not capping them, and doing a frantic scribble to get the ink flowing again :) ) I chose the medium on the basis that it would work for notes, and for a pocket planner too. I thought that for writing uninterrupted, I would probably use something else, although the nib on the capless is nice enough to write a lot with. I use mine with Pilot Blue/Black cartridges - once they run out, I'll refill them (probably with Pelikan blue/black, as it's tolerant of quite poor paper, and I already have a bottle of it).
The purchase of a capless/vanishing point is also a bit of a fountain pen rite of passage, I feel :)
I'd demur slightly from the recommendation of the varsity - I usually recommend something like the Schneider Base, an unusual looking pen that takes the ubiquitous international cartridge, comes in medium or broad, and retails for £8-£11. I have two of those myself, and have given a few away. The nibs are stiff, but nicely smooth, and the broad is wet enough to show off fancier ink nicely.Sep 1, 2016