Pilot Decimo: Quick Look

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Color Options – (:38)
Features – (1:23)
Weight – (2:09)
Nib Options – (2:27)
How They Write – (3:20)
Filling Mechanism – (3:59)
Ink Capacity – (4:17)
Price – (4:25)

It’s an exciting day here at Goulet Pens! I’ve had my eye on the Pilot Decimo ever since we started carrying the Pilot Vanishing Point years ago. But, at the time, the Decimo wasn’t being imported into the US. It wasn’t until 2016 that the pens were set to be released here in the States, and now, here we are. The Decimo is very, very similar to the popular Vanishing Point, but slightly thinner and lighter in weight, offering a smaller option for those who still want the convenience of the retractable nib. Let’s take a look…

Retractable Fountain Pen

     Color/Finishes available:

    In hand:

    • Slimmer than VP 
    • 11.3mm diameter vs 13mm VP 
    • Clip is on grip end, can take some getting used to 
    • Some people don’t like it, but fewer than you’d probably think 
    • If getting it new, try a “dry run” before inking it so if you do have to return it, you get full credit
    • Smooth, no threads to worry about! 
    Retractable Fountain Pen

    Retractable Fountain Pen


    • 20.4g overall 
    • Noticeably lighter than 31g Pilot Vanishing Point 
    • Feels very balanced in hand

    Nib Options:

    • 18k gold nibs, rhodium-plated 
    • Extra-Fine- very fine, feels toothiest
    • Fine- still quite fine, but smoother
    • Medium- more like a European medium, quite a jump from the Fine
    • Broad and Stub available as separate nib units, Broad is a true Broad, while the 1.0mm stub is smooth and pretty forgiving
    • Exact same nibs as the VP, swappable nib units are $81.15

     Filling Mechanism:

    Retractable Fountain Pen

    This has been a long time coming, so we’re really excited to now be able to offer the Pilot Decimo! This pen has an MSRP of $175, but you can find it available for $140 at GouletPens.com.

    What questions do you have about the Pilot Decimo?

    Write on, 
    Brian Goulet

    2017-10-11T14:31:13+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Pen Reviews|15 Comments
    • Oh that deep red burgundy 💕💕💕

      • Lydia At Goulet Pens

        It is so gorgeous!

    • Roseann

      I was hoping for more color selection with this one. But the size difference isn’t that much from the VP.

      • Lydia At Goulet Pens

        The size difference doesn’t seem like a lot but it does feel different in the hand. It’s a little more manageable for smaller hands. 🙂

      • Henry

        When I use my Decimos they have a pocket pen feel to it. It’s the weight and slightly thinner diameter that gives it that every day type of pen feel versus the normal VPs.

    • Myrto

      The burgundy looks sweet. How does it compare to the Stargazer red finish?

      • Lydia At Goulet Pens

        I haven’t seen the pens side by side, but it looks to me like the Stargazer is a few shades darker. I’ll have to check on that. 🙂

    • Otter

      I recently bought the Vanishing Point Twilight from Goulet, and it’s a gorgeous pen which writes wonderfully. I don’t regret purchasing it, but the grip section is a tiny bit “fat” for my hands. The Decimo looks like it would be much more comfortable….gonna have to add that to my wish list!

      • Lydia At Goulet Pens

        The subtle size difference makes it a totally different feeling 🙂

    • Kate Marshall

      I’ve had a few regular-sized VPs but wind up selling them off b/c they just don’t become “forever” pens. I had a pink Decimo that I sold off a few years ago but now I’m kicking myself for that. And now they come in purple!!!!

      • Lydia At Goulet Pens

        I love the purple. It’s so pretty 🙂

    • Grace M.

      I’m seriously considering a champagne Decimo (since you don’t carry the dark gray one), but how does the color compare to the 2014 LE Copper Vanishing Point? I’m worried that this one might be too pink for my tastes.

      • Lydia At Goulet Pens

        Hi, Grace. I’m not entirely certain as I haven’t seen the pens side by side but from what I can tell the champagne decimo is paler and not as coppery orange toned as the 2014 LE copper vanishing point. I wouldn’t say it has an overly pink tone to it but it is ultimately a personal preference thing. 🙂 Hope that helps!

      • Stacy Jones

        Actually, I own the champagne pen. It is noticably pink. The first thing my friend said about it when I showed it to him was “That’s a pink pen!” It is a classy pink. It’s understated and not at all little girl pink, but it is still kinda pink.

    • Mei-Lin Po

      I *LOVE* my Decimo!
      My only issue is related to the nib: I broke mine, and replaced it with what should have also been a ‘Fine’ nib like the original, but writes more like a Medium. It is my understanding that the nib sizes for Capless/VP/Decimo are not very well standardized?