Just wanted to post something I discovered today, a small but significant difference between the standard Namiki Vanishing Point, and the identically priced "carbonesque" version. I have had the standard version -- black with rhodium trim, medium -- for a while and it's my daily office-carry implement of choice. I like it and use it so much so that I "needed" another one with a fine nib.
I went to Honolulu Pen Shop looking for a dark blue version, but Father's Day had sold the blue ones out. They did have a carbonesque version at the same price, though. The carbonesque finish has always bugged me a bit because, well, it's not really carbon fiber. The two look very similar:
After handling one, I noticed a big difference, one you can't see in photos no matter how high the resolution: Unlike the smooth, slick, laquery feel of the standard's acrylic, the carbonesque has a slightly textured surface . The thing that surprised me, and motivated me to post this, is that it's also much softer and warmer to the touch. It feels much different and is easier to grasp. This tactile characteristic hasn't been mentioned in reviews (I think) so I thought it worth mentioning here. I wonder what that "carbonesque" stuff really is. It is the only pen I have (albeit acrylics, the rest) with such texture and warmth.
I have it currently loaded up with Noodler's Legal Lapis and it's writing this reviewlet. Such a nice feel that I've turned a one sentence review into several paragraphs! Sorry...
Addendum of 04/02/07. Knowing that people use these reviews as a reference before buying pens, I thought that I would update this review by mentioning that the "Carbonesque" finish is known as "Kasuri" in Japan. The interesting thing is that kasuri refers to a kind of cloth design used in kimonos and what not. This makes a lot of sense to me because the finish did not look anything like carbon fiber to me. There is some discussion a few pages (maybe 3) into this thread with some interesting photos of actual kasuri.
The Namiki Vanishing Point (VP) and Pilot Capless nomenclature is confusing enough. I notice that most here like referring to the pens by it's export market Namiki name. As I write, some have also agreed to refer to the carbonesque model as "kasuri." I think I will do that myself, since that's actually what it was designed to look like. So a "Pilot Capless Kasuri" is the same thing as a "Namiki Vanishing Point Carbonesque" and probably more frequently, a "VP kasuri."
Edited by HDoug, 03 April 2007 - 05:18.