Pilot Capless and Capless Decimo Review (AKA Vanishing Point)

Latest Update: Just correcting a typo.

Thanks to our bosses-to-be at Cult Pens, we are in a rather lucky position – being able to revew both the Pilot Capless (Vanishing Point to Americans), and the new Pilot Capless Decimo, which has just been released in the UK. Cult Pens have the first official stocks in the UK, and one of the first batch is right here to be reviewed.

We’re talking about two pens here – the Pilot Capless, and the Pilot Capless Decimo. I’ll just refer to them as Capless and Decimo to keep things shorter, but the Decimo is also a Capless. Because they’re both quite similar, I’ll cover them together for the most part, but where they differ, I’ll try my best to describe how.

26- Pilot Capless and Capless Decimo - Side by Side

What Are They?

Retractable fountain pens. With other fountain pens, you have a cap, which you either pull off or unscrew. Some people put the cap on the end of the barrel when writing (called posting it), others keep it in their other hand, or pop it down somewhere (Sam posts, I don’t). If you’re using a pen on and off for a while, removing and replacing the cap can start to get annoying, and if you don’t post it, it’s easy to forget what you’ve done with it, or end up with it knocked on the floor.

The Capless pens get around that by using a retracting mechanism, like a ballpoint. Because the nib has to be kept away from the air, though, there is also a little sprung ‘door’ that opens as you push the button, allowing the nib to side out.

I never saw removing a cap as being a problem, but when I stood leaning on the wall to sign for a package one day, with the cap of my Sheaffer Saratoga Snorkel in my hand, I found afterwards that I’d leaned on the cap, and made a set of gouges into the plastic. It was about then that I started to see the point of the Capless pens.

The Capless range has been around since the 1960s, though they have been improved and changed over the years. The Decimo is a thinner and lighter version of the Capless, but it still wouldn’t really count as thin or light relative to most other pens. I think the best way to see it is that the Decimo is the ‘normal’ size. The Capless is thicker and heavier, like an oversized version.

Looks

Pilot had a bit of a problem when designing the Capless. The reason fountain pens have the clip on the caps is because they really should be carried with the nib pointing upwards. So, if you’re going to take away the cap, but still have a clip, the clip needs to go at the same place your fingers need to go. The result is a pen that kind of looks the wrong way round. The nib pops out near the clip, with the button for retracting it at the other end. Because the whole insides slide up and down when operated, they are also rather thick pens.

29- Pilot Capless and Capless Decimo - Side by Side - Nibs Out

With all the odd limitations they had to work with, Pilot have done a very nice job of the styling – they are definitely modern pens, and unusual looking pens, but very pretty. Looks are always a subjective thing, and I’m sure you’re drawing your own conclusions from the photos, but the finish is every bit as beautiful as it looks. The shiny parts are all very shiny, and the finish of the barrel had a subtle sparkle to it. If you’re really only into vintage-style pens, they may have no appeal to you, but if you didn’t have some interest in modern pens, you’d have stopped reading a while back, wouldn’t you?

Both pens came in very nice presentation boxes…

06- Pilot Capless and Decimo - Boxes Open

Differences

As far as looks go, there isn’t a huge amount in it. The difference in width and weight are quite noticeable when you’re holding the pen, but doesn’t make a big difference to the looks. The biggest difference in looks is that the Decimo is much more about straight lines, the Capless has more curves. The Decimo is a supermodel – the Capless is more of a ‘glamour’ model. Even after a couple of days, I’m not sure which I prefer – the lines of the Decimo are more elegant, somehow, but the curves of the Capless really do suit it.

You don’t often see them from this angle, which is kind of fortunate – from this end, they have a face like a guppy…

14- Pilot Capless - Guppy Gob

Another difference worth noting is the choice of finishes. In the UK, the standard Capless is available with gold or rhodium trim, each in several colours, and in Carbonesque and Raden finishes. Carbonesque is made to look like carbon fibre – it’s still a pattern hidden under a layer of laquer, so it doesn’t feel like carbon fibre, but looks pretty. Raden is the top-of-the-line finish – ten layers of Urushi laquer, hand applied, with tiny fragments of abalone shell set into it, in all different colours. The Decimo is only available in blue, grey or white. Ours is white, and it’s really quite startlingly different – not like any other pen I’ve seen – it’s a slightly creamy, pearly white, and as with the silver Capless, the white Decimo is a textured surface with layers of laquer over the top.

The white finish, only available on the Decimo…

22- Pilot Capless Decimo - Bands and Finish

The silver finish on the standard Capless…

16- Pilot Capless - Bands and Finish Close-up

Feel

The parts all fit together well, and the retracting mechanism just works. I expected the retracting thing to be a real point of interest – the most exciting part of the pen. The excitement of it wears off surprisingly quickly, though. By the end of the first day, it was just the way of getting the pen open. Quick, and slick, but no excitement there any more.

Fortunately, once its party trick wears thin, it remains a useful feature, and there is plenty more to like about the Capless and Decimo.

You have to unscrew the barrel to get at the actual pen part. The nib, feed and converter (or cartridge) are all in one piece, that can be removed from the barrel. In fact, you need to remove it for filling.

This leads to one handy feature of the Capless pens – these nib units are all interchangeable. You can pop the whole unit out of a Decimo, and swap it for one from a standard Capless. You can buy a pen with a medium nib, and later buy a fine nib unit to swap over. There are other fountain pens where you can swap the nibs around, but not many where it’s so easy, or where the nib units are so easily available. In the US, Richard Binder even sells custom ground nib units – off the shelf stubs and italics, and flex nibs ground to your own preferences.

In Use

OK, so the clicky mechanism got old fairly quickly – is there enough left to the Capless pens to still love them after the clickiness loses its excitement?

Yes. Definitely.

Both pens are comfortable and well balanced to hold. The retracting mechanism is quick and easy to use, and takes away the question of what to do with the cap.

The Clip

28- Pilot Capless and Capless Decimo - Side by Side - Clips

Some people have trouble with the clips. They don’t get in the way for me, but if you grip the pen in an unusual way, so there isn’t space for a clip between your fingers, directly above the top of the nib, you might have problems. Most people don’t have any trouble with it, but some do – especially left handed people. Try holding an existing pen with the clip between your fingers, and see how it would line up – you can probably tell if it will get in your way.

The Nib

Here’s the reason this pen is still so great, when the retractable mechanism gets boring – the nib is a joy to use. They’re much more flexible than almost any modern pen I’ve used. Probably not to the extent that vintage flex fans would even call ‘semi-flex’, but it’s enough to make writing feel slightly cushioned when you’re writing heavily, and enough that you can widen the line with a bit of pressure.

Left with the nib out, the ink seems to dry a bit quickly, and sometimes doesn’t start until the second stroke, but that’s less of a problem when putting the nib away is so quick and easy.

When you’re actually writing, the nib is smooth, responsive, and has a lovely feel to it. I’ve heard that these can be on the dry side, but both of the nib units we have are fairly wet.

One situation that seems to cause the Capless pens more trouble than most is when they’re held at a very shallow angle. I don’t mean by this that if you hold it quite low when writing, but when sitting up in bed making notes, with the pen almost horizontal, it can skip occasionally. Again, it doesn’t usually take much to get it going again, but most fountain pens won’t have any problem, as long as they’re pointing slightly downhill.

Both of the problems mentioned here probably have a common cause. The feed for this pen has to fit into a very narrow gap, so the nib unit can slide back and forth, and the nib and end of the feed can fit through the hole when retracting. Because of the narrow feed, there isn’t a lot of ink held right next to the nib itself. If you write with the pen pointing slightly upwards, there isn’t enough ink in the nib end of the feed to keep flowing for long, and if the pen is sitting uncapped, there isn’t as much ink there to keep the nib wet for long enough. Neither of these problems are likely to get in your way often, though, and the narrow feed is the price you have to pay for the retracting mechanism.

Nib Widths

It’s often said the Japanese pens have thinner nibs than American or European pens, so if you like a medium, you should order a fine, and if you like a fine nib, you should order a medium. That doesn’t seem to hold with the Capless. The pens we have are both medium nibs, and they write with a fairly standard medium line, certainly not a fine.

This has been discussed a couple of times on The Fountain Pen Network. In this discussion, Dillon says that the US nibs are different to the ones supplied in Japan – Pilot are sending out different nib units to match the market. User PinarelloOnly has posted a set of comparison photos, showing medium and fine Capless nibs against some other pens (VP is the Capless – they are sold as Vanishing Point in the US).

Filling

Here’s where you pay for all that clicky convenience. If you use cartridges, the Capless pens are no harder to fill than any other – push the cartridge into the nib unit. You do have to pop a metal cover over the cartridge, to take the strain of the springs, but it’s still quick and easy. If you use bottled ink and the supplied converter, though, it’s a bit of a pain. I think it’s worth it, but if you hate filling pens at the best of times, it might be a deal-breaker for you.

30- Pilot Capless and Capless Decimo - In Bits

First of all, you don’t fill the pen, you fill the nib unit. Unscrew the pen, and take the nib unit out for filling. It’s then a fairly standard screw-action piston converter, but with a couple of tricks to watch for…

  • The feed unit has an opening that’s quite a long way back from the nib. Filling from a tall Noodler’s bottle isn’t a problem (unless it’s down to about a third full, as ours is), but with a 30ml Pelikan bottle I had full of my own mix, this opening was out of the ink until the bottle was almost completely full. Even when almost full, I have to prop the bottle up at an angle to make filling easier. I keep a chamois leather handy, which works well for holding the bottle at any angle I need. In the photo above, you can see the nibs wrap around the almost-black feed. You need to submerge the nib in ink all the way up to the round metal part.
  • The piston doesn’t travel the full length of the converter, so it never gets a really full fill. The trick to this seems to be…
  • Fill as full as it goes.
  • Hold the unit nib-upwards, and tap it gently. The air bubble should vanish from the bit you can see, so now all the air is at the top of the converter, next to the feed.
  • Gently and slowly work the piston down (or up, as you’re now holding it), watching the hole at the top of the feed. You probably want to have plenty of tissue handy, and don’t do this part over a valuable antique rug, or that only copy of your quarterly report.
  • As soon as ink appears in the hole, and before it starts dripping out, stop.
  • Wind back a tiny bit, then give the unit a couple of taps to settle the ink.
  • Try winding forward again. If the ink appears back at the hole at about the same point, you may have gone far enough, and got rid of all the air. Until you get used to how far you need to go, wind back and forth a few times, giving it a few taps. Sometimes, you actually have to push ink out until it’s almost ready to drip everywhere, then bubbles come through the ink, getting a bit more of the air out of the converter.
  • Once you’re reasonably sure the ink that’s appearing in the hole is the top of the real ink, not just the top of a bubble, you’ve got rid of all the air in the converter.
  • Now, turn it over again, and put it straight back into the ink, and wind the piston all the way back up.
  • If you’ve got it right, holding the nib unit down, tap the converter a couple of times, and the bit of clear converter you can see should stay full of ink – there shouldn’t be any air to fill it any more.
  • Once you’ve done it, you probably want to wind down enough to let a couple of drops back into the bottle, then wind back up – this makes sure there’s a little bit of air pressure to hold the ink in place, so it doesn’t drip. This step doesn’t matter too much if you’re about to do a good chunk of writing straight away, but if you’re giong to pocket the pen, it’s quite important to make sure it won’t drip.

That long explanation makes the process sound worse than it is – it’s not really much more difficult than most converters, but it’s a bit of an extra hassle.

Differences

When I finally got to try both of these pens out side-by-side, I was hoping for some sort of insight beyond the fact that the Capless is thicker and heavier than the Decimo. Unfortunately, that really is the biggest difference. Even the Decimo, though, is on the thicker side of average – about the same as a Parker 51, for example, or a Lamy AL-star. The full Capless is only slightly thicker, and about half as heavy again, but the difference is quite noticeable in the hand. If you usually buy pens on the thicker side, and still wish they were a bit thicker, the Capless will fill your need and your hand well.

I usually like light pens, but the weight in the Capless is mostly towards the nib end, which feels good to me – I only object to the weight when it’s towards the top.

The other difference really comes down to the clips. The Capless clip is relatively tall, and narrows at the point where your fingers grip, just above the shiny metal part behind the nib. The Decimo clip is much shorter, and flattens more than it narrows where your fingers are supposed to grip, and the flattened part is a bit lower down, closer to the nib. I find I have to stay a little further back for the sake of a good grip. If I slip forward to the metal part, the angle is too steep, and my fingers start to slide down every couple of sentences. Fortunately, because the clip is a bit flatter, it doesn’t matter so much how far up the clip your fingers rest.

If you actually use the clip a lot for keeping the pen in your pocket, it’s also worth noting the the flatness of the Decimo clip comes at the expense of some usability – it won’t fit well over thick fabric, and even sits a bit high in a shirt pocket.

Conclusion

These are both very nice pens, very well made, and wonderfully responsive nibs. As I said, looks are subjective, but they look good to me, and they’re unusual enough to get a second look from people, which I like.

Comparing the size with some other pens – click the pic to see it in Flickr, with notes to tell you what all the pens are…

38- Pilot Caples and Decimo - and the Usual Suspects

Worth the Money?

That’s a tricky one to answer – they are expensive pens. They are clearly better quality than any of the cheaper pens I’ve tried, but you can only decide for yourself if you really want to spend that much money on a pen. If you have the money to spare, and you do want to spend it on a pen, I think you could do a lot worse than these. The retractable mechanism does make a difference, but even without it, the quality of the nib, and the overall feel of the pen, is excellent.

Which One?

That really is another tricky one. Considering the Decimo costs more than the standard Capless, the Capless would be my choice. If you find pens that thick uncomfortable to use, or just don’t want something so bulky, the Decimo is a great option, but if you like thick pens, and don’t mind the weight, I think the Capless is more comfortable to write with.

Where From?

Tried One?

Anyone out there tried a Capless or Decimo? What did you think? Was the clip a problem for you? Do you use bottled ink, or cartridges?

Living With the Caplesses

After Two Weeks

We’ve had these pens for two weeks now, so how are they holding up to use? For me, very well indeed. I’ve used it as my main pen for the entire time. When doing a lot of writing (handwriting out my college work prior to typing it up), I found the Decimo to be very comfortable. I tried switching back over to my previous favourite, a vintage Parker 51, and soon realised that I wanted to switch back to the Capless because I enjoyed writing with it more. Which is very impressive, considering how good that 51 is. I’m still carrying the Capless all the time, and it’s almost the only pen I use.

The fact that it occasionally skips when writing in bed is a bit of an annoyance – I tend to go through my notes in bed, and scribble down more things as I’m thinking of them. So far, it’s not enough of a problem to bother picking up a different pen, or even just leaving one by the bed, but it can be a minor irritation at times. I just have to keep the pen angled down a little more than I naturally would. This problem also seems to happen less since switching over to Noodler’s Walnut ink, from our own mix of Quink Blue-Black and Noodler’s Eternal Black, so the ink you use might make this more or less of a problem – along with whether you sit around in bed writing with your fountain pen ;)

Sam doesn’t get on as well with them as I do. She prefers very firm nibs, and the Capless has a bit more flex than she’s really comfortable with. It’s still out and used a fair bit, but it’s not the first pen she’ll reach for. See her thoughts in Fountain Pen Field Test.

After Almost Six Months

I still love these pens, and they still stand out for their quality, even after trying quite a few other good quality fountain pens. The nibs are still probably the best I’ve used anywhere.

However, neither of them is my main pen for daily use. I bought a Lamy 2000 a while after getting these, and the day-to-day experience with that is slightly better for me. I like capped pens, most of the time, so the retractable mechanism was never a great selling point for me. The Lamy holds more ink, and is easier and less fussy to fill, with its piston mechanism. It’s lighter, which suits me better, and the styling is very minimal – that won’t appeal to everyone, but I like it. If you ever want to use cartridges, the Lamy 2000 would be no good to you, and if you want a pen in anything other than plain matt black, it won’t appeal, but it’s a very nice pen.

The Capless Decimo is still my second favourite fountain pen, and would probably be a better buy than the Lamy for most people.

Related

  • Pens
  • Capless and Decimo Photo Set on Flickr, with lots more pics.
  • Comparing Caplesses from Dan, posted on FPN – mainly looking at the Decimo and the new Fermo, but he mentions the standard Capless, and some older models too – a very useful post if you’re trying to choose.
  • Getting Used to my VP – a post by goodguy on The Fountain Pen Network, with quite a few responses and tips. User HDoug mentions the ‘syringe’ filling technique, which is pretty much what I’ve described above.

20 thoughts on “Pilot Capless and Capless Decimo Review (AKA Vanishing Point)

  1. Well, the converter on mine is stuck in the nib portion pretty well…I tried to pull it off but the threading on the clear plastic piece broke and the plunger and metal part came off, leaving me with just the clear plastic stuck inside. There’s no way I can get a decent grip on it now, and my fingers are raw from trying. :(

  2. Oh dear. That sounds pretty stuck. I’ve never seen one that badly jammed before. I guess if you can’t get the converter out at all, the whole nib unit will have to be replaced. Fortunately, they’re not too expensive, and at least they’re easy to replace.

    Since you’re in the US, Richard’s Pens is probably one of the best places to get them. He’s one of the best nib adjusters in the world, and he tests and adjusts each one before it goes out, and still manages to sell them at a good price.

  3. I prefer the old Pilot and Namiki fountain pens which I have used for years. Their look was resolutely 60s modern, which I find more genuine than the upmarket vintage aspiration of the new design… am I the only one to think so?

  4. Hi Michael, Searched for my problem and your site came up. Got a Pilot VP Decimo Fountain Pen for Christmas and cannot seem to get the inside apart to insert a cartridge. Do you know if because they are slimer they are a tighter fit? This is my first Vanishing Point, and I’m hesitant to force it apart. I would be SOOOOOOO grateful for an answer. THANKS! Joan Stephens Pottstown, PA USA

  5. Hi Joan,

    I assume you mean the converter is stuck in the back of the nib unit? They come from Pilot fitted in there, and they can be quite firmly stuck in. The Decimo is no different from the standard Capless – they’re the same nib units.

    It just takes a firm pull, but the trick is to get enough grip, and to make sure you don’t whack the nib against something when it does come free! If you have one of those rubber jar-openers, they can help with the grip, or just wrap some sticky tape around each part. The clear plastic part pulls out from the silver metal part.

  6. I found the performance discrepency between the cartridges versus the refill converter, I emailed Pilot. They sent me a converter that is night and day better than the piece of garbage that came with it. However, at the end of the day, I go to my carts – especially with the blue-black and purple ones. The converter (one where you have a bigger window to assess the volume of ink and you depress this bar on the side to create a vacuum that pretty much fills up the whole tube/converter. They also sent me a box of carts, too. Excellent customer svc. for one my favorite toys. Already got my eyes on an all matte black one. Fact – I will have at least ten of these beauties by the time a kick the bucket!!! BTW,, the lamy version is nice, but much more pricey and IMHO, not as quality of a pen. I know this is a long one, but today I noticed the crown just came right off (which was cool cuz I could see the mechanism), but I clip this pen constantly and I don’t need this to happen at the wrong time.

    scott

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  8. I’ll call it Expensive Pen Performance Anxiety, or to save time, EPPA.

    Both the Capless and Decimo are, as you can see from the exquisite photography there, gorgeous pens. I liked the idea of using one, and was really glad of the opportunity. However… I picked up the pen and I couldn’t write… I was in the grip of EPPA, and could only be rescued by putting the Capless away and continuing to work with my Birdie. I’m convinced that using expensive pens affects my handwriting, too.

    It’s time to research EPPA and find a cure. Maybe our lovely shiny new bosses-to-be could offer a solution. Or a Bic biro. ;)

    Sam Randall
    Devon knows how they make it so squeemy

  9. The VPs are thirsty. In other words, you have to fill them up often if you use the converter. But here’s what I do:

    Buy a box of ink cartridges. They last longer than the converter because they don’t require space for the screw mechanism.

    If you want to use your own Noodlers Ink? (Blue is my favorite.) Do this:

    Empty a few cartridges in the sink and remove the small round plastic seals with tweezers. But a syringe (hypodermic needle) from Walmart and use it to fill one of them with your own ink. Save the other empty cartridges as backups.

    If I use the cartridge, I can write for three weeks (using it everyday) before needing a fill-up.

    …dave
    My Everyday Writing Pen

  10. Very nice review. I have been using this pen for 6 years and really love it. Two drawbacks: 1. you cannot wear it and embrace your wife; the upper part broke; my wife very cleverly repaired it. 2. this summer heat was too much, filling sack gave in; now where can I buy a replacement?

  11. Hi Johan,

    Yes, I can imagine it being a poke in the eye for your wife. I’ve not seen the converters available on their own anywhere. If they’re interchangeable with the Birdie, it would be cheaper to buy a Birdie fountain pen, and just keep the converter, than to buy another nib unit for the Capless. I’m not 100% sure they’re interchangeable – I’ll have to try it at some point, but it’ll mean emptying them both or making quite a mess…

    The Birdie comes with a sac and bar converter, the current UK Capless comes with a piston converter.

  12. thanks very much! I recently sold mine after a year of use. A great pen but I just didn’t use it enough. The only thing I disliked was the relatively small reservoir, but I’ve been spoiled by piston fillers. ;-)

    But a fantastic pen for taking notes. The two nibs I had were among the smoothest I’ve ever used.

  13. Thanks, Chris. I think the whole filling mechanism is a bit of a weak point. It’s awkward to fill, doesn’t hold a lot of ink, and you can only see a tiny bit of the converter, so you don’t get a good idea of how full it is. So far, though, I think I can forgive it all that for the convenience, easy to swap nib units, and those wonderful nibs.

    I don’t think the ink capacity is any lower than most other converter fillers, and I’ve used plenty where you can’t see how much ink is left at all, too, so these are hardly unique problems.

    What do you actually use most, btw? Pelikans?

  14. Hi Paul,

    I’ve had no problems with Noodler’s Eternal Black in it – never even seen any ink on the nib. I’ve got some Walnut coming soon (hopefully tomorrow), so I’ll see what it’s like with that too.

    I can’t see any reason why cleaning it would be too much of a problem – I imagine you could just run it under the tap in both directions, then shake it out well – maybe even gentle heat from a hair drier to get it properly dry before putting it together again. If it did get ink in the front part, though, it might be a dripping risk.

    I’m glad you’ve mentioned the nibs, actually – I’ve read in several places that the nibs are on the fine side, but our mediums seem to be fairly standard medium – certainly not fine. Mind you, I’ve also heard them described as fairly dry, and neither of these are dry writers – maybe the newer 18k nibs are a bit different, or maybe they’re doing different nib units for the international market now.

    As far as the filling trick goes, I couldn’t find it documented anywhere, so I thought it was worth doing – hopefully it’ll save someone else having to stumble on it themselves.

  15. A friend of mine gave me one of the black plastic “stealth” Capless pens a year ago and it’s become one of my daily writers. Rugged, reliable, and definitely a conversation starter. I’m glad you mentioned the filling technique (pushing out the bubbles); it seems that Capless users all end up stumbling on the idea independently and then later find out “oh, you do that too?”

    One thing to mention is that the nibs seem to be a bit wider than other nibs. Mine came with a M that laid down a very fat line; I bought a F and its line is comparable to my Parker 51’s M.

    You mentioned Noodler’s ink. I’ve been reluctant to try my Eternal Brown (which I love) in the pen because the ink tends to coat the nibs of my other pens, and I’m concerned about having to clean out the innards of the Capless’s “nose.” Have you had any problems?

  16. Thanks for this review – I didn’t know the Decimo existed! I have a blue carbonesque Capless with silver finishings, and it’s one of my favourite pens. I originally got a F nib with it but found it slightly scratchy. Have since got Binder-ised M and B nibs and love them. I have used both cartridges and the converter and agree that the small amount of ink the capless holds when compared to other pens is a shortcoming. I don’t find the placement of the clip to be a problem at all. It’s quite a special pen, IMHO.

    As for whether the converter is interchangeable with a Birdie, I have one and no, the capless converter is not interchangeable.

  17. Another excellent review Michael – thank you.

    I have just picked up a couple of VP’s (Capless’) at half price. No more left by the looks of it. Too good an offer to pass up on I thought! Not my first choices of colour, but hey-ho! I was worried about how to fill them, but thanks to the review my mind is now at rest. I chose the broad nibs. I have also moved over to a Lamy 2000 recently and it is a really good pen, but I sometimes struggle to get the alignment of the OM nib. Hooded nibs being difficult to see as you will know. It will be interesting to see if the VP replaces the Lamy.

    Just awaiting the seller to send them now ………….

  18. Hi Andy – hope you like them. From Richie, presumably (Cyberpens) – I’ve seen he’s selling quite a few of them on eBay at the moment. My Lamy 2000s came from him, nice and quick, and brand new.

    Filling is the only down side of the Capless, I think. It’s a bit of a pain to really get it full, and you can’t easily tell how much ink is left, either. Great pens, though, and wonderful nibs. I’ve never actually written with a broad, but they certainly feel very smooth when testing dry. I still think the Capless nibs are better than almost anything else I’ve used.

    I sold my Lamy 2000 XF, once I was thoroughly hooked on the Pelikan M600, so we only have the OM left now, and it is a little awkward in comparison. A bit too wet and wide, too, for my liking. Maybe we should have sold that one and kept the XF. Ah, well, never mind.

    I’ve been pen shopping this weekend, too – awaiting delivery of a nice Sheaffer Tucky set – my first Tucky, and my first vacuum-fil. Should be fun. Actually, it will be my first matching pen and pencil set, too, I think.

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