A few months ago I broke down and ordered my first Capless, a Fermo in the dark blue. It really was a foregone conclusion - I even had a stub nib from Richard Binder already here waiting for it.
Last night I flushed the pen to let some others have a chance (having just received three back from Richard after some work - early Chrismas ), but since I got the pen in September I have used it every day up to now. No single pen has been in action for so long at a stretch since my accumulaiton reached three. That probably tells you what you need to know
Plenty has been written around here, so I'll just hit the key points.
- It's quite hefty, and for someone like me who never posts a cap it's also quite long. However it took me maybe 5 minutes to get used to the size and weight and I like it.
- The clip is no problem at all for me.
- The piston converter is small and a little temperamental when it comes to flow. The squeezy one works a treat. But Pilot carts appear to be the way forward. I haven't used so much black ink in a long time. I haven't used so many cartridgs in a very long time.
- The twist mechanism is great. Quick to operate, neat, feels solid.
- The pen has taken all kinds of abuse. It spent the three months in my jacket pocket, clipped there with no case or anything. Not a mark on it, and flawless performance.
- The medium nib I ordered it with (excellent service from Ujuku) was very pleasant, but I didn't use it for long.
- The stub from Richard makes a good pen great. The combination of the responsiveness of the Pilot nib and the stub grind from Richard makes for a fantastically expressive point. I've been back to school since the summer (couple of days a month) and I look forward to taking down charts and diagrams in my notes because with this point it's actually fun to do so
The end result is that my other pens are getting jealous of all the use the Fermo has been getting. An excellent buy.