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Pilot Capless Décimo


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#1 Dillo

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 21:16

Hi,

As many of you who have been following my posts here know I have three Pilot Capless Décimo pens. Two pink ones with fine nibs and a purple one with an extra-fine nib.

First, the pictures:

The packaging of the purple pen:
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The packaging of my two pink pens:
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The pens all together with a few other Japanese pens:
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Of course no real review is complete without an intimate look in the pen

Cartridge cap installed:
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Apart

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Nib assembly disassembled

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The nib hits the door when being extended. Quite normal

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Refill options and why you need the cartridge in place when using the cartridge cover.

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Next, for the handwritten review-written with a pink Pilot Capless Décimo with a fine nib and Diamine Claret.

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It's really an excellent pen if you want a lightweight capless fountain pen with an excellent nib that will start up immediately even if left alone for two months. With a Con-20 converter, you can write for a good while even with a 1.0 mm stub nib. (I've tried it, but I don't use those nibs much on a regular basis and sold that pen).

Dillon

Edited by Dillo, 03 January 2013 - 21:17.

Stolen: Aurora Optima Demonstrator Red ends Medium nib. Serial number 1216 and Aurora 98 Cartridge/Converter Black bark finish (Archivi Storici) with gold cap. Reward if found. Please contact me if you have seen these pens.

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#2 Inkwellpens

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 22:40

Beautiful pictures. I have a white one and love it. I am waiting for the EF nibs to come back into stock to order a lilac one like yours.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 00:05

Howd you take the nib unit apart ? O_o

#4 Dillo

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:44

Hi,

There is a special tool that I had custom made for my shop that takes apart Pilot Capless nib assemblies and Pilot short pens including the Myu.

If you are wondering about the fate of that pen, it was reassembled a few minutes after the picture (You can find pictures of the disassembly in the Japanese forum here. I took those pictures about four years ago), and it was the pen I used to write the review which was written two days ago.

That pen is five years old. I've also had it for five years, and it's been a very reliable pen for me. It never skips, complains, or acts up. The same is true with my other Pilot Capless in pink. I got the lavender one fairly recently. It was really pretty and I had to have one in that color, so I broke my rule of not buying new pens and got one.

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Stolen: Aurora Optima Demonstrator Red ends Medium nib. Serial number 1216 and Aurora 98 Cartridge/Converter Black bark finish (Archivi Storici) with gold cap. Reward if found. Please contact me if you have seen these pens.

Please send vial orders and other messages to fpninkvials funny-round-mark-thing gmail strange-mark-thing com. My shop is open once again if you need help with your pen.

Dillon


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:24

Thanks for the great review! Insightful pictures and information!

I recently sold my Vanishing Point to fund buying a Decimo. I had tried two different VP fine nibs, both of which were wet, yet scratchy, and I was never crazy about them. I always found the VP comfortable, but the slimmer and lighter Decimo really appealed to me.

The Decimo is a much lighter pen, and this fine nib is much smoother than my VP nibs were (though definitely drier).

Overall I much prefer the Decimo to the Vanishing Point!

#6 hari317

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:30

Nice review. Thanks! In fact a plain black-chrome Decimo with a B nib filled with a Pilot B-B cart is riding in my shirt pocket to work today.
In case you wish to write to me, pls use ONLY email by clicking here. I do not check PMs. Thank you.

#7 Koyote

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 13:21

I was on the fence about the Vanishing point for over a year before finally buying one (blue, rhodium trim, medium nib). I can't believe I waited so long. Along with the convenience factor, it is just a great writer. But then, I like heavier pens and the clip is no problem for me.

Edited by Koyote, 04 January 2013 - 20:29.


#8 XiaoMG

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:29

Nice review, Dillo!
I should give my Decimos more love. I've got a grey, white, violet, and red now. They are nearly perfect, as far as fountain pens go. I've been negative about a lot of supposedly great pens, but I just can't find much to be disappointed with with the Decimo. Perhaps some of the nib units are ho-hum...but the best ones are among the best nibs made or ground by anyone today. Brilliant pens...and probably the only reason I'm giving attention to other pens is that I like big obvious nibs. Never thought of myself as a size queen, but oh well. Will carry one or two of my Decimos around over the next few days, thanks to your review.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 17:59

Overall I much prefer the Decimo to the Vanishing Point!


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I like my Pilot Vanishing Point but love my Pilot Decimo!

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 15:32

I recently sold my Vanishing Point to fund buying a Decimo. I had tried two different VP fine nibs, both of which were wet, yet scratchy, and I was never crazy about them. I always found the VP comfortable, but the slimmer and lighter Decimo really appealed to me.

The Decimo is a much lighter pen, and this fine nib is much smoother than my VP nibs were (though definitely drier).

Overall I much prefer the Decimo to the Vanishing Point!

What puzzles me with what you said is that the nib assembly is identical. So it shouldn't matter whether it is housed in a VP or a Decimo... you may have just been unlucky with the two VP ones that you tried; perhaps their tines were not aligned.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 16:37

I recently sold my Vanishing Point to fund buying a Decimo. I had tried two different VP fine nibs, both of which were wet, yet scratchy, and I was never crazy about them. I always found the VP comfortable, but the slimmer and lighter Decimo really appealed to me.

The Decimo is a much lighter pen, and this fine nib is much smoother than my VP nibs were (though definitely drier).

Overall I much prefer the Decimo to the Vanishing Point!

What puzzles me with what you said is that the nib assembly is identical. So it shouldn't matter whether it is housed in a VP or a Decimo... you may have just been unlucky with the two VP ones that you tried; perhaps their tines were not aligned.


Right, I didn't mean to imply that the Decimo nibs are better than the VP nibs (since they are the same nib units..), just that, for me, it happened that the Decimo Fine nib I have is much smoother than two VP Fine nibs I had and sold. The VP nibs upon examination under a loupe didn't appear to have any of the characteristic problems with scratchy nibs (misaligned tines, baby bottom, etc.), so I'm not sure what the issue was. I used both of them for quite extended writing with only minimal improvement over time.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 23:55

I recently sold my Vanishing Point to fund buying a Decimo. I had tried two different VP fine nibs, both of which were wet, yet scratchy, and I was never crazy about them. I always found the VP comfortable, but the slimmer and lighter Decimo really appealed to me.

The Decimo is a much lighter pen, and this fine nib is much smoother than my VP nibs were (though definitely drier).

Overall I much prefer the Decimo to the Vanishing Point!

What puzzles me with what you said is that the nib assembly is identical. So it shouldn't matter whether it is housed in a VP or a Decimo... you may have just been unlucky with the two VP ones that you tried; perhaps their tines were not aligned.


Right, I didn't mean to imply that the Decimo nibs are better than the VP nibs (since they are the same nib units..), just that, for me, it happened that the Decimo Fine nib I have is much smoother than two VP Fine nibs I had and sold. The VP nibs upon examination under a loupe didn't appear to have any of the characteristic problems with scratchy nibs (misaligned tines, baby bottom, etc.), so I'm not sure what the issue was. I used both of them for quite extended writing with only minimal improvement over time.


Hmm... I have to agree that my original Decimo nib was smoother than my VP nib. It was also smoother than the replacement VP nib assembly that I purchased to replace the Decimo nib quickly... (That reminds me... I need to send it out for repair - tile floors can make a mess of extended nibs :headsmack: )

But back to the topic - could Pilot be intentionally making a smoother/harder nib for the Decimo???






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