Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Retractable Fountain Pen, Black with Rhodium Accents, Blue Ink, Medium Nib (60242)
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- Ingenious patented design allows nib to retract into pen body
- Large, durable metal body
- Beautiful rhodium accents
- Features 18 karat gold nib
- Packaged in an elegant gift box with 1 pre-filled blue ink cartridge and 1 CON-50 twist piston converter
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Vanishing Point comes in a wide array of refined styles and colors.
Vanishing Point features a remarkable retractable nib.
Pilot Vanishing Point
Revolutionary in its origin and unmatched even today, the Vanishing Point fountain pen by Pilot was the first retractable fountain pen on the market. Originally crafted in 1963, the precise engineering of the barrel and internal mechanisms allow the nib to disappear completely when not in use, creating a truly retractable fountain pen. The Vanishing Point nib, expertly fashioned in 18-karat gold for exquisite writing performance, is available in three elegant finishes designed to perfectly coordinate with the accents on the pen: yellow gold, silver-tone Rhodium plating, or a black ion-coating. While others have attempted to imitate the ingenious concept of a retractable fountain pen, the brilliant design of the Vanishing Point has never been surpassed. Simple yet flawless technology allows for a dependable and trusted writing instrument that has withstood the test of time.
Sophisticated Finishes and Limited Editions
Vanishing Point is offered in an array of exquisite, sophisticated finishes and nib sizes for the ultimate in customization. Barrel colors range from traditional solid colors, to subtle patterns, to bold contemporary colors. Choose a Vanishing Point adorned with luxurious embellishments of inlaid Raden (mother-of-pearl) accents. Other premium offerings include annual limited-edition barrel colors and special highly-collectible limited edition designs to commemorate Pilot Corporation anniversaries.
Design innovation puts the Vanishing Point in a class of its own. Assembled by hand, the expertly crafted internal mechanism contains features such as a special trap door to prevent the nib from drying out when retracted. Vanishing Point is exquisitely constructed for reliability and superior writing performance.
Refills and Ink
The Vanishing Point fountain pen can be filled with either the provided blue ink cartridge or by using the included converter with your favorite fountain pen ink. Pilot recommends using Pilot IC50 or IC100 ink cartridges or one of the many beautiful, nature-inspired Pilot Iroshizuku bottled fountain pen inks for an exceptionally expressive and smooth writing experience.
Perfect for gift giving, Vanishing Point arrives in a handsome gift box with black slip sleeve.
The Gift of Pilot Fine Writing
Each Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen arrives packaged in an elegant gift box perfect for presenting to respected colleagues, treasured friends, and loved ones. Pilot is renowned for quality that lasts and superior writing performance. You can feel confident in offering a Pilot Vanishing Point as a gift of distinction. Refills and Ink The Vanishing Point fountain pen can be filled with either the provided blue ink cartridge or by using the included converter with your favorite fountain pen ink. Pilot recommends using Pilot IC50 or IC100 ink cartridges or one of the many beautiful, nature-inspired Pilot Iroshizuku bottled fountain pen inks for an exceptionally expressive and smooth writing experience.
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-The stock nibs are excellent (I've used the extra fine and medium and have settled on the medium).
-The balance and size (for my hand) is great.
-The convenience of no cap makes this versatile for intermittent use (taking notes for example).
-Griping around the clip does not bother me and actually serves as a tactile indication of orientation. (I'm often annoyed by the lack of this indication in most capped fountain pens as there typically is axial symmetry in the grip area, though the nib requires a particular orientation.) I concede that this is a matter of how you grip your pen and address a writing surface, so if you're unsure you should really try one.
-I have not had issues with the pen drying out, nor have I had any issues with filling/cleaning.
-I have not had leak nor ink on the hands issues. (I should note that the "trap door" does rub on the nib and this seems to smear some ink around the nib itself and the "door". These parts are recessed within end of the pen so any "mess" is contained and not touched with normal handling (excluding of course the nib, but you'd expect that to have ink on it right?). If you're bothered just knowing there's a "mess" in there, then you might not want this pen; but then again there's a little vile of ink sloshing around in all fountains so fountain pens might just not be your thing.)
-I suggest avoiding the matte black barrel option. Though I really like the low key look of the matte black, I've had wear issues. The finish appears to be very "soft" and scratches easily. (See photo.) Admittedly, the photo shows wear after three years of regular carry and use, but it is not as though I leave the pen in my pocket with my keys. Thus the -1 star and my perusing for the next most subtle color option that has a gloss finish. (I'm guessing that the gloss finish will wear better.)
"Wow, that's quite a fancy pen," "you're one high speed guy," and "are you writing the next great novel?" are just some of the responses you might hear while carrying and using this pen in the military.
The device itself writes absolutely brilliantly.Even in fine, you have smooth wet lines (I used Pilot Iroshizuku ink) that express lines with enough give to make you write for hours. Remember this is a fountain pen and has the same shortcomings such as taking a little bit of time to dry for example. The great design of the pen however allows you to have the convenience of conventional retractable pens.
The pen is priced at a steal as I would price this pen based on its qualities much higher. If you have never owned a fountain pen, this is a great place to start as your first. If you have more than 7 fountain pens, the unique design and convenience that this pen offers you at the price point makes me wonder why you haven't already bought it.
One thing that I will note, and maybe my eyes are just playing tricks on me is that the nib appears to be coated to be dark and match the overall look of the pen. The pictures associated with the black matte pen seem to show a regular (non coated) nib. I might have to order one of the ones that that specifically say: 18-karat gold nib with black-ion coating coordinates with pen accents to compare. The description for the matte black one just says: 18-karat gold rhodium-plated nib. Mine actually appears 'dark' and not like the picture which is 'light'.
I have $20 black Cross pens for years showing less wear.
Rest is awesome. I'd buy another one w/out hesitation.
At least, that's what I thought. Apparently the tip to which the clip is attached is in fact detachable. I didn't know this and I don't think it's actually supposed to come off. But it did. While it was clipped in my pocket. And the tip fell somewhere without my noticing and is now gone forever!
Without the tip the pen still writes, but it's very awkward and looks odd. Unfortunately this happened only last week, after I'd owned the pen for two months and it is now too late to return it. And I bought it brand new from Amazon, so while I don't think this is a manufacturing defect I know it's not the result of overuse.
Those of you interested in buying the Vanishing Point, I'd still recommend the pen as it's really wonderful to use. But keep your eye on that end-piece! Losing it kind of ruins the whole look and feel of the pen.