|Item Weight||9.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5 x 1 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||60144|
|Number of Items||1|
|Point Type||Fine Point|
|Manufacturer Part Number||60144|
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Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Retractable Fountain Pen, Red with Rhodium Accents, Blue Ink, Fine Nib (60144)
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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.
This Pilot Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen is a product rich in both history and performance. Its brilliant design and ingenious technology make it a pen for the new age. A larger size, durable metal body and attractive appointments make the Vanishing Point unmistakably unique. This exquisite pen has a red barrel with silver accents and is available with an 18 karat gold extra fine nib. For the valued client, friend or family member, it will be the gift of a lifetime. Each Vanishing Point fountain pen is beautifully packaged in a gift box.
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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.)
Now, to the real meat of the review. This pen writes BEAUTIFULLY. The flow is continuous but efficient. It neither skips nor blots. You DO have to be very gentle with your pressure against the paper, but my opinion is that all fountain pens must be this way, given the nature of the ink delivery. The clip is in a reverse position, which is a subtle but great design to help with function and to prevent potential leaks (of which I have had none). The pen is a GREAT weight. I do not like plastic pens. I like a heavier pen that pushes your strokes to be more deliberate. That being said, this pen is not too heavy. I don't get tired holding it for extended periods of time, and it is wide enough that gripping it doesn't cause my hand to cramp too quickly.
I switched the converter out for the CON-20, a squeeze converter. I like this converter quite a bit. I filled it with Diamine Blue-Black, which I find flows well, has yet to dry on me, and with a rich color. It has not clogged my nib yet. The price point for this pen is quite high, but if you write as much as I do or enjoy writing as much as I do, then you will find this very worth the money. You can instantly tell it is made of high quality materials, and was designed with a great deal of thought. I love that the nib is retractable.
As it compares to Hi-Tec C pen refills, easily the most popular pen in Asia, the Extra Fine nib is on very close to the 0.3mm, but it is not too scratchy. The nib is JUST a hair thicker than the 0.3 (close to 0.35mm?). Please see the attached photos. (Ignore that I wrote the 0.4mm with the other pen--I incorrectly thought the 0.4mm refill was included, when, in fact, it was a 0.3mm refill. The pen is approximately 4.5 inches long when retracted.
I am exceptionally happy with this purchase. I will be trying the pen with Pilot Iroshizuku Bottled Fountain Pen Ink, Shin-Kai - Deep Sea AND Deep Azure, Noodler's Midnight Blue, and J. Herbin Black.
I have $20 black Cross pens for years showing less wear.
Rest is awesome. I'd buy another one w/out hesitation.
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'.