A month ago, in A new pen deliberation, I mentioned that I was wrestling with a desire to buy a Pilot Capless.
Not for the first time, temptation got the better of me and I placed an order with The Writing Desk, in time for my birthday. A birthday present to myself. Or should I say, from the UK government, as I was on furlough at the time? (Actually, I resented those news announcements that said “The government is now paying the wages of 9.5 million employees”, because I am and have been for decades, a UK tax payer and it was my own money).
Anyhow, this was a slightly odd purchase for me because I had long ago formed the view that this was not a pen that I would like. This is because I am left handed and generally write in an “overwriter” style, with the nib rotated inwards slightly. This means that I do not grip my pens in a perfectly symmetrical alignment around the centre (as required of Lamy Safari users) but a little off centre. As you might imagine, this means that the pocket clip of a Pilot Capless would get in my way.
Earlier in the year, I bought a Platinum Curidas, which proved to be a very successful purchase. However, I very quickly removed its detachable pocket clip and then filed down the fin which, for me made my pen a whole lot more comfortable.
This is not an option on the Pilot Capless. Nevertheless, I had convinced myself that it was a worthwhile purchase, even if I might be restricted to using it in underwriter mode.
I had always thought that, if I did ever buy a Capless, it would be the lovely yellow one with rhodium plated fittings. However, this preference changed once I saw the matt black version, with black fittings. A stealth pen, except for the nib which is still rhodium plated, over 18k gold. I thought that this looked very nice indeed, and had the advantage of making the upside down clip less obvious when the pen is in writing mode.
First impressions of the pen were very favourable. All looked perfect. In particular the medium nib that I had chosen, was superb – soft and smooth and juicy. What’s more, it was quite forgiving in even allowing me to write in my customary overwriter style without needing to roll the nib inwards to find a sweet spot. The generous round tipping and the soft gold tines enabled the pen to write well at a wide range of angles.
The offer at The Writing Desk included a box of 12 Pilot cartridges. There was no option to select the ink colour (or if there was, I missed it), but the pen arrived with blue black ink – which is exactly what I would have chosen. There was also a converter. I christened the pen with a blue black cartridge and enjoyed every drop. When that finished, I tried a blue cartridge but decided that I prefer the blue black and will stick to those in future.
Well, I can report that I have been thrilled to bits with my Capless! Happier even than I had hoped to be. I still enjoy the Platinum Curidas immensely and the experience is different, as the Pilot Capless is a metal pen and with a gold nib. I must be one of the last fountain pen enthusiasts on the planet to buy one, but better late than never.
6 thoughts on “Early thoughts on the Pilot Capless, matt black.”
After 20+ years of my faceted Capless, I finally purchased the current model…and love it just as much. Kudus to a lovely pen & the perfect color ink!
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Thank you Jen. I have not seen a faceted Capless. It is great that yours served you for so long.
Glad to hear you gave it a try and enjoyed it! The stealth look really is the best
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Thanks. I liked your yellow version too.
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Hello Rupert, would you tell us more about that beautiful notebook, please!
Thank you. Yes, the notebook in the first picture with the Pilot Capless, is from Taroko Design, in Taiwan. This model is called the Breeze Notebook and features 183 pages of Tomoe River paper, paginated and with a dot grid pattern. It is A5 size. I ordered a couple online and they cost around £20.00 each as I recall. The paper is very nice for fountain pens.
Just in case you were referring to the other notebook featured in the last photo, that was an A5 Black Flexi Bonded Leather journal from Paperchase, costing £12.00 and with 384 pages of quite thick paper, lined at 10mm row height (18 rows per page).