The nib and its attached assembly unit is one of the finest Japanese nibs to appear on the market which provides a very smooth writing experience. It is a wonder how this small Fine 14k nib offers a reasonable flex and consistent flow of ink. I prefer a small nib to be able to view what I'm writing. If your pen takes a nose dive, it is simple to order a replacement nib assembly unit. The Carbonesque provides a slight hold through the bonding matte PVD finish (lacquer over metal) to prevent slippage. These pens have been increasing in value over the past years. Namiki discontinued the red colour after only a few were released.
Simply click it as you would a ballpoint and the 14k gold nib retracts, where an interior seal keeps the ink supply moist and the pen nib safe. Brilliant design and ingenious technology are reborn in refined, elegant style. Use a cartridge or converter. Namiki nibs are one half increment finer than those made in Europe and the United States. Several nib repair businesses can remake the nib to an oblique. The nib assembly must be placed all the way into the ink bottle to properly refill.
I write rather quickly with a small script. The VP is not a flex nib, but gives just enough for a beautiful style - even in the Fine nib. I write in a style which is half script and half print. I, unfortunately, write with my hand, and not the proper use of the arm.
"Popular Advertising Slogans For The VP":
"Namiki Vanishing Point - 'TheWorld's Only Retractable Fountain Pen' - the original name of Pilot Pen and its founder Ryosuke Namiki - celebrating 40 years of delighting writers with this ingenious simplicity. The Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen is a product rich in history. Brilliant design and ingenious technology are reborn in refined, elegant style. A larger size, durable metal body and attractive appointments make the Vanishing Point unmistakably unique. The popular Blue or Black Carbonesque finish with rhodium accents are now available in all nib sizes. The new and attractive Red Carbonesque finish has, also, been added to the line in limited quantities. The Vanishing Point maintains a pleasing balance at 1.05 ounces with 14 karat gold nibs. A beautiful black leather presentation/storage box completes the Vanishing Point as a truly remarkable pen for a new age."
Vanishing Point Pilot Namiki Features
Body Material: Black, Red, Blue Carbonesque metal, rhodium accents
Nib Material: 18K gold
Nib Size: Fine, Medium, or Broad
Cap Type: N/A - retractable click mechanism
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/converter. Uses Pilot CON-50 converter (included) or Pilot cartridges.
Overall Weight: 30g (1.06oz)
Cap Weight: N/A
Body Weight: 25g (0.88oz)
Overall Length (extended): 138mm (5.43in)
Overall Length (withdrawn): 140mm (5.5in)
Body Diameter (with clip): 16mm (0.63in)
Body Diameter (no clip): 13mm (0.51in)
Nib Length: 8mm (0.31in)
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1. Romillo Essential SL - inner barrel made of lighter material than bronze; will it outlast the bronze?
overall 15g (0.529 oz)
body 11.5g (0.405 oz)
2. Romillo Essential - inner barrel bronze
overall 23g (0.811 oz)
body 18.5g (0.652 oz)
dia 12.4mm (0.488 in)
3. Namiki Vanishing Point
overall 30g (1.06 oz)
dia 13mm (0.51 in)
4. Namiki Prera
overall 15g (0.53 oz)
body 7g (0.25 oz)
cap 8g (0.28 oz)
dia 12mm (0.47 in)
5. Lamy 2000
overall 25g (0.9 0z)
body 15g (0.5 oz)
cap 10g (0.4 oz)
dia 13mm (0.51 in)
6. Edison Pearlette
overall 18g (0.634 0z)
body 12g (0.423 oz)
cap 6g (0.211 oz)
dia 13mm (0.511 in)
The pics of the Namiki Vanishing Point Carbonesques in three distinct colours are new pens in their original boxes. They have never been inked. I use another black carbonesque for travel and general purposes.
Best Writings To You,
Edited by coffeetoofull, 14 August 2012 - 21:28.