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Hello everyone,

 

This is my first thread after having stalked the forum anonymously for quite some time. I'm buying a Pilot VP Decimo for note-taking in classes, and in the near future, at work. It will be an upgrade from a Sheaffer 100 with M nib as my second, more serious pen. (No grip problem for me)

 

The questions are:

 

1. M or F nib: a line comparison from someone with Sheaffer M is appreciated, I will be writing a lot of mathematical equations on normal to poor quality paper. I'm leaning to F.

 

2. How glossy is the gray one: I prefer matted texture but if the glossiness is not really pronounced, it's acceptable.

 

3. Work condition: how well would the pen fare in a somewhat extreme environment, say, an oil rig in the middle east.

 

4. Ink: Parker Quink, Sheaffer Skrip, Sailor, and Waterman inks are readily available in my region. I have heard that only some inks work well with the pen.

My preference: Blue, smoothness, some permanency. I have used Skrip Black to some degree of success, and I'd be pleased if the blue one works well.

 

5. Shop: Is j-subculture.com good? This deal looks really good: http://shop.j-subculture.com/items/detail/FEE0AEAC0BE27F1. If not, is there any recommendations? (Shipping to Asia)

 

Thank you all in advance and sorry for any grammatical errors (I'm not a native user)

Saran W.

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The VP Decimo is a great pen, and you'll enjoy it. To answer your questions:

  1. For your stated purpose get F
  2. I haven't seen a grey, but my dark red is fairly glossy.
  3. I mean, I wouldn't use it in the middle of a sand storm... We are talking about a tool with fairly precise tolerances here. Bear in mind, too, that extreme temperatures are known to make ink flow wonky.
  4. Get Sailor Sei-Boku and don't look back
  5. Don't know, sorry

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

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The VP Decimo is a great pen, and you'll enjoy it. To answer your questions:

  1. For your stated purpose get F
  2. I haven't seen a grey, but my dark red is fairly glossy.
  3. I mean, I wouldn't use it in the middle of a sand storm... We are talking about a tool with fairly precise tolerances here. Bear in mind, too, that extreme temperatures are known to make ink flow wonky.
  4. Get Sailor Sei-Boku and don't look back
  5. Don't know, sorry

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

Thank you very much! What would be the second choice for Sailor? I've just checked and the local store only stocks black.

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get it you wont regret it i have the rust yellow decimo which use

Pilot custom heritage 74 all nibs, 742 Fa and PO nibs, 823 F 92 F,M, 3776 FM,EF,1911F

And all indian pens

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Regarding the Decimo in grey: Do you mean glossy to the touch or to the eyes? To the touch it's smooth. To the eyes it's more a satin, subtle sparkle. I really like it. A search engine image search gives plenty of photos to look at. Most of the better ones seem reasonably true-to-life. For example, see the jetpens or stationeryart photos.

 

I think F would be the right choice.

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1) Definitely get the fine nib for mathematical equations.

2) It's not a matte finish -- I'd call it semi-glossy.

3) Personally, I wouldn't take it to work on an oil rig. It's not designed for the rugged outdoors.

4) Sailor ink is your friend -- any color will do just fine.

5) I have no experience with them, but I've heard good reports.

Scientia potentia est.

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5) Good. There's a thread about them here. Most people have had good experiences (shipping to the US, I don't know about Asia), and the prices are unbeatable.

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.--Thomas Paine, "The American Crisis", 1776

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Thank you very much! I've just placed an order for a gray one with F nib. This is going to be a loooong week.

 

How does Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao fare with this pen? I've just found a really good deal on it.

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asagao will do fine with this pen enjoy i am using the combo on my decimo

Pilot custom heritage 74 all nibs, 742 Fa and PO nibs, 823 F 92 F,M, 3776 FM,EF,1911F

And all indian pens

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I've had good results with the Iroshizuku inks in my Pilot pens, including VPs.

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.--Thomas Paine, "The American Crisis", 1776

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Just gotten the pen! I can't be more pleased. Also, J-subculture is very good. Fast delivery with a lovely note and paper crane inside the package.

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What color did you go with in the end and how did you find it? I'm considering getting one from Amazon but can't decide betweent the grey, blue, and red

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