Pilot 百乐 Vanishing Point Metallics 系列可伸缩钢笔 Medium Nib Black Carbonesque/Rhodium
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Brilliant design and ingenious engineering combine in the refined, elegant style of the world’s first and favorite retractable fountain pen — the Vanishing Point by Pilot. The internal mechanism of this exceptionally crafted fountain pen allows the 18-karat gold nib to retract fully into the barrel when not in use.
Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink
Refill your Pilot Fine Writing fountain pen with our Iroshizuku inks. The name “Iroshizuku” is a combination of the Japanese words “Iro" (coloring), expressing high standards and variation of colors, and “Shizuku" (droplet), that embodies the very image of dripping water. Each ink name derives from the expressions of beautiful Japanese natural landscapes and plants, all of which contribute to the depth of each individual hue.
-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.)
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.
"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.
I have $20 black Cross pens for years showing less wear.
Rest is awesome. I'd buy another one w/out hesitation.