20 Jun 2018

introducing: the pilot vanishing point decimo champagne fountain pen in a fine nib

When I graduated from medical school, it felt like a real accomplishment: so many years of hard work getting to this point, striving towards what I had wanted for years. And to commemorate this, I wanted to get something special. One option was jewellery but anything on the wrist or hands would not be allowed at work and necklaces don't go with every outfit.

The obvious choice was therefore... a pen. I bet you didn't expect any less, right?

This pen wasn't purchased until a few months' into my job because I wanted to feel like I really earned it. And as I'm doing some paid teaching of medical students, I used those funds to go towards my chosen pen. A pen I had been yearning after for years... The Pilot Decimo in champagne pink.

It really as beautiful as I had fully expected. The thinner barrel, compared to the standard Vanishing Point, makes for a pleasant writing experience. I find it is more comfortable in the hand compared to the Vanishing Point. The retractable nature of it means a cap can never be lost and if you're writing something where there may be long pauses, retracting the nib isn't as tedious as capping and uncapping.

The champagne pink colour is sophisticated and isn't overly feminine. This pen definitely feels grown up enough to represent a major landmark in my life so far. 

The nib is just... amazing. It writes a smooth, fine line with little to no feedback. Because of the slimmer barrel and fairly lightweight nature of this pen, it would be a comfortable pen to use for longer note taking sessions. However, I tend not to use it for too long and that's maybe because when it comes to things I treasure, I use them sparingly! I guess this thought will have to change.

As always, the clip location isn't for everyone but it encourages you to hold a pen in the conventional way. If you're unsure if the clip will bother you, I'd encourage you to try one of these pens out in person. Though if you did, you'd run the risk of not being able to resist taking one home with you...

Overall, this is a pen that'll always remind me of finishing medical school and starting my life as a doctor. And whether that's a good or bad thing will remain to be seen... But I'm sure this pen will always be too beautiful for me to hate. Thus, making me look back at this period of my life with a heartwarming feeling.

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