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This is a beautiful capless...
, February 25, 2009
This is a beautiful capless fountain pen. The Fermo is about the same weight as
the familiar Pilot Vanishing Point, but is a bit sleeker. The body is made of
brass with lacquer overlay, and the color is rich and lovely. The parts have a
very solid feel. This is a pen that will last.
The clip is narrower and has a bit of a nice flair at the end, making it easier
to put in a pocket, and easier to write with since the end of the clip is where
one grasps the pen to write. The twist mechanism is quiet and smooth, but does
take a full turn to move the nib out of the pen, so it doesn't really work with
just one hand. To make it work well, you need both hands to extend the nib. But
this doesn't really seem to be a problem.
The nib is small and smooth, a tradition of this style of Pilot. The nib is
actually a kind of metal insert, and is able to be used in the Fermo, the VP as
well as the Decimo. You have to take the nib portion out of the pen and then
either insert a cartridge or a converter and then reinsert the cartridge to
write. Any of these hold an average amount of ink.
Ultimately, after getting this pen home and writing with it for awhile, I
reluctantly returned it because it is a bit heavy for my hand. I have written
with resin/plastic FP for years, and have grown accustomed to a lighter feel. If
you aren't quite so stuck on pen heft as I am, you will love this FP.
+++++ Quality / Beauty