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Pilot Vanishing Point


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#1 mrsagewise

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 00:28

Hey all, first review I'm posting, please note I can't really say much more than what already been said. This review provides a few High Res shots of the pen, and an example of what a Binder CI 0.7mm nib looks like paired with this pen. I kept my review to one page so I will note here that Binder's work is WELL WORTH the extra few dollars when purchasing this pen. You can get the body from him too, or you can just order the nib unit seperately; either way his nibs are FANTASTIC.

A note about the threading of this pen, although it is built sturdily, my primary concern is that one day in haste I may jam the threads, there is a grove cut in the pen to guide the nib into alignment, creating a thread pinch point, I am not terribly concerned however, and I think this pen will serve me incredibly for years to come.

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#2 Koyote

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:08

I don't think you need to worry about the threads. Just screw the pen back together carefully and it'll be fine.

#3 mrsagewise

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:21

I should point out that this is the weakest point of the pen i found. Like you said, not really an issue, but I had to come up with something to critique it. I absolutely adore this pen, and it has replaced my sonnet as my primary writer.

#4 Frank C

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 18:47

I have several VPs and they get a lot of use. Because of the size of the converter, I end up filling them every day if they are in use. I never had any trouble with the threads. If you do want to find fault with the pen, the pen is not sealed even when closed and ink will dry out faster than with other pens. Some people don't like resting a finger on the clip when writing. Personally, I don't find this to be a problem.
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#5 Audit This

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:05

Nice review and nice pen. As mentioned the threads are not an issue.

#6 mrsagewise

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 18:46

Maybe its just me; the way i put it together I have a tendency to catch it mis-threading. Of course i know right away and back it off; otherwise, it tightens very smoothly.

#7 Charles Skinner

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 15:43

The more I use my almost new Vanishing Point pen, the more I like it!  Should I buy a second one?  C. S. 



#8 LizEF

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 16:52

The more I use my almost new Vanishing Point pen, the more I like it!  Should I buy a second one?  C. S. 

 

I think the answer to that question depends on a lot of things - like how many pens do you currently have that you don't use, but would like to use more often?  Is there really something for which you would use the second VP, or is it a case of "oooo, I love this, must have more!"?  Do you have an over abundance of spare cash?



#9 Inkling13

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 18:58

I wish Pilot would make a holder for extra nib units, much like a cigar case. Run dry? just swap inserts, and you are good to go. A fantastic pen, no complaints here. The big brother Fermo, is also lovely. 



#10 inkstainedruth

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 04:07

I found a used one in an antiques store about an hour north of where I live.  It's too big and heavy, so I gave it to my husband (trying to coax him over to the "dark side" -- we have cookies!  and ink!  B)).  But the F nib didn't grab him (although he liked it a bit better once I gave him some Rhodia pads.  
Now I have a VP's little brother -- a Decimo -- on it's way to me within the next week or so.  I got one with an EF nib so I can swap the nibs/assemblies between the two pens.  I can deal with a Japanese F just fine  :rolleyes:, and we'll see how he likes the EF nib instead.

I figured getting a pen for me was more cost effective in the long run than just buying an EF nib assembly.  Of course the Lord only knows what shape his pen is in -- probably completely out of ink and in need of a really thorough soaking....  :( 

Now trying (in advance) to find a good ink to use for the initial fill once I swap nibs.  The Decimo is grey (I didn't like any of the US marketed colors).  Would Yama-budo be too silly (or too wet?)  I gave my husband a sample of Namiki Black, but I'm not big on black inks.  I also have a sample of Kon-peki I haven't tried yet.

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#11 FountainPenGuru

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 08:22

The more I use my almost new Vanishing Point pen, the more I like it!  Should I buy a second one?  C. S. 


I own 6 Vanishing Points, so I don't see why not. Buy one in each nib size. That's what I did in black laquer and stainless steel and also in black lacquer and gold.

#12 minddance

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 08:55

Collect a tray of these :)






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