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Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Retractable Fountain Pen, Blue Carbonesque with Rhodium Accents, Blue Ink, Medium Nib (60249)

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Medium Nib
Blue Carbonesque/Rhodium
  • 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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Size: Medium Nib | Color: Blue Carbonesque/Rhodium

Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Retractable Fountain Pen, Blue Carbonesque with Rhodium Accents, Blue Ink, Medium Nib (60249)

Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pens
Vanishing Point comes in a wide array of refined styles and colors.
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Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pens
Vanishing Point features a remarkable retractable nib.
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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.

Technology

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.

Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pens
Perfect for gift giving, Vanishing Point arrives in a handsome gift box with black slip sleeve.
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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.



Product Information

Size: Medium Nib | Color: Blue Carbonesque/Rhodium
Technical Details
Brand NamePilot
Item Weight3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions6 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches
Item model number60249
ColorBlue Carbonesque/Rhodium
Number of Items1
SizeMedium Nib
Point TypeMedium
Ink ColorBlue
Manufacturer Part Number60249
  
Additional Information
ASINB001D3NYHO
Best Sellers Rank #60,259 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First AvailableApril 2, 2004
  
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173 of 185 people found the following review helpful By K. Mahood, Ph.D on September 1, 2006
Size: Medium NibColor: Black/Rhodium
Some of the reviews I've written required much research. This is the exception. The Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen really does have a nib (point) which fully retracts inside the pen-- It is the finest fountain pen I've used in 30 years of being totally immersed (no pun intended) in the world of "Écriture d'Élégance" (ie elegant writing). Yes, I know all about the "other brands" like: Montblancs (not good for heavy handed persons such as myself). Same for Parker (too drab), Dupont (too pricey), Cross (cheap), Pelikans (they leak-even the pricey ones), Waterman (so-so). I've tried all of the aforementioned, but always came back to Namiki, which is why I now have three of them, all with different types of nibs. And speaking of nibs (the point which actually does all the work). Although Namiki makes a wonderful flexible gold nib, I love italics and calligraphic writing styles. The beauty of the Namiki is that custom nibs for this pen are far easier to obtain than others. There are several very excellent pen craftsmen with websites access who will actually measure exactly the way you write and fit you with the proper custom machined Namiki nib. Why Namiki? Ah, that's the beauty of it all. Because this is the ONLY fountain pen which has all of it's "guts" in one small affordable package. The pen is over $100. but that is actually inexpensive compared to some of the brands which run well over $1,000 for ONE fountain pen. However, the entire nib assembly--everything, can be replaced for between $30-$40. That, in my opinion, is well worth the price of this pen. Also, I have NEVER had this pen (in any of my three Namikis) leak. Replacing the cartridge or filling from a bottle is exceptionally carefree and easy .Read more ›
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Randall Helzerman on April 5, 2007
Size: Fine NibColor: Blue Carbonesque/Rhodium
The pictures of this pen don't do it justice--I'll try to describe in words what it is like to hold this pen in your hand. I have the blue carbon fiber model, and the dark navy blue next to the rhodium finish indeed looks very sharp. The bottom of the pen, where the nib comes out, has a vague hint of art deco about it, whereas the rest of the pen, with its unfamilier, yet totally logical geometry and layout, has a fashion-forward air. But the styling of this pen is neither retro nor futuristic. The combination of a (lets face it) archaic writing technology combined with advanced materials like carbon fiber makes a dramatic styling statement--but without a hint of irony. And yet, the look is anything but contemporary---what is it?

The best way to describe it is that this pen looks like an artifact from an alternate world history--it looks like what a high-end fountain pen would look like today had the ball point pen never been invented. It fits, unselfconsciously, into your lifestyle as if you had been using fountain pens all your life. The retractible nib makes for a very practical writing instrument--it is so much quicker to whip the pen out of your pocket and press the clicker to jot something down that you do it much more naturally than uncapping a regular fountain pen. Another click and the nib vanishes just as fast, ready to be cliped back into your pocket.

I bought the model with the fine nib, and I really like the ultra-precise line it can draw, but I can't really recommend the fine nib model to casual or first-time fountain pen buyers. I had to adjust the nib by (very carefully!!!) inserting a razorblade to spread the tines out a bit, in order to get the kind of ink flow I desire. And fine nibs can be finnicky. It is a fountain pen, after all. So newbies please get a model with a medium nib.

But I really love this pen, and can't imagine what I did without it.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Depreciation on April 20, 2012
Size: Fine NibColor: Blue Carbonesque/Rhodium Verified Purchase
I was expecting to take at least a week to receive my order. However, it only took three days. I placed an order on the 17th, then it was shipped on the 18th, and I finally received it on the 20th. Cool!

The product includes a conversion cartridge. So, if you already have a bottle of ink, then just fill it up and it is good to go. If not, it also includes a disposable cartridge. A sheet of user's manual accompanies this product.

Pro: No cap to worry about. Click -- the nib comes out. Click again -- the nib retracts. Its built-in pocket clip makes it very easy to carry around.

Con: Because of the way the pocket clip is located, it can become a source of discomfort since your index finger will be pressing against it.

I have been using two other fountain pen: Waterman Phileas medium nib and Waterman Moonlight Hemisphere fine nib. It took me a while before these two became responsive to my touches. Pilot Vanishing Point, by contrast, did not need to be broken in at all. I was able to write smoothly right after I filled up the conversion cartridge for the very first time. Therefore, insofar as getting started: Pilot Vanishing Point fine nib > Waterman Moonlight Hemisphere fine nib. While Pilot Vanishing Point costs more than Waterman Phileas and Moonlight Hemisphere, I would recommend the former over the latter two.

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Update: 04/24/2012

The twist converter cartridge included with the package can become a source of irritation: It does not hold that much ink. An additional source of irritation is that the transparent portion of the converter cartridge is obscured by the metal cylincer surrounding it.
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