Just a quick review of a Pilot Vanishing Point I recently bought:
Appearance & Design (10) I think the pen looks very interesting, I like the design, its something different. I really don't mind the clip, but I know some people hate it. Like others have said, it helps keeps your hand oriented in the correct position as you write.
Construction & Quality (8) The whole pen feels very solid. The only thing it has going against it is the cartridge converter which is pretty flimsy. The case it comes in looks cool, but the felt material on the inside ends up sticking to the barrel of the pen. It's easy to clean it off, but it detracts from the initial experience of opening the case.
Weight & Dimensions (7) I'm not a huge fan of the weight, after writing with it for a few days now I've noticed how much heavier it is compared to my Edison. This translates into more fatigue while writing. However, if you think "weight" equals "quality" this pen would fit the bill great.
Nib & Performance (6) I really wish I could give the nib a better score, but it has one major problem. The smoothness is wonderful, at least on par with my Edison if not better. However, the VP nib skips on upstrokes for me. Even after a thorough cleaning the problem still happens occasionally, I'm hoping it goes away the more I use it. The flow is a little wet, but I prefer that anyways. Overall I'm very happy with how it writes, slightly less broad than my Edison broad nib.
Filling System & Maintenance (6) The downside to the neat clicking mechanism is how little ink the pen holds. I had to refill after a handful of pages, my other pens can keep on writing for much longer, especially the Indian eyedropper I have. The cartridge converter also feels a little cheap compared to the other ones I've used before. I do like how you can buy whole inner nib assembly units though.
Cost & Value (10) Bought my pen from Oscar Braun so I got it for a song, very satisfied for the money I spent on the pen.
Conclusion (Almost an 8) I wanted a pen I could take places and not have to worry so much about loosing it like I would with my Edison. The Pilot Vanishing Point works perfectly for that. I get a very high quality pen that has a neat mechanism which allows me to take notes conveniently without having to worry about the pen drying out/messing with a cap. I think refilling cartridges is going to be the way to go though. The included cartridge converter doesn't hold enough ink to get through a day of notes. Once school starts again I'll really be able to put this pen through its paces and be a test it's writing abilities. Until then I really like using the pen and would highly recommend it.
Edited by Robinhood, 03 August 2011 - 00:13.