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Pilot/ Namiki Nib

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#1 meilinpo


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Posted 14 June 2015 - 00:57

I own a beautiful Pilot/ Namiki "Capless" Vanishing Point pen- it's a Decimo, which is slightly slimmer and lighter than the regular VP pens, but takes the same nib- and I LOVE it.


I have heard that the nibs for these pens are not well standardized. A few weeks after getting my pen, I broke the nib and had to replace it (rather a costly accident, but nevertheless). The nib size of my pen was, and is, a Fine; but I notice the new nib does not write quite as fine a 'Fine' line as the previous, original nib did.


I liked the thinner line (didn't want to go to "Extra Fine", because I thought an EF nib might be too delicate- requires a light hand,)


Is there a way I can have the nib adjusted? Would it cost as much, or nearly, as buying a whole new nib again?

Any thoughts?



 - M

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#2 Algester



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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:39

from where in the world you are this may have to go through a nib-meister for a miniscule grind down else you may have to change the ink

#3 TMK


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Posted 15 June 2015 - 19:25

I have a Vanishing Point, too. The nib is awfully wet and gets long hick-ups every once in a while. As I wrote in another thread, the Pilots are not very reliable. 

#4 Wolverine1


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Posted 16 June 2015 - 00:34

TMK- Pilots not very reliable?  Are you basing your opinion on a sample of one? Because, I must tell you that you are just plain wrong.

#5 Scribble Monboddo

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 08:31

I have a lot of Pilots, and many of their nibs can be wonderful - but yes, they do have pronounced quality control issues, and sometimes you just get a dud.  If you have paid a lot, it's wise to contact your dealer, but Pilot may not offer much more than a long return trip to the factory.  A 'nibmeister' may be worth considering as an alternative.

#6 meilinpo


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Posted 19 June 2015 - 21:53

Don't get me wrong; the nib works beautifully. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it *except* that it writes much more like a Medium, when it's supposed to be a Fine.

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