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Pilot (Namiki) Vanishing Point fine nib -- 3x5 Review

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#1 katfisch



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Posted 07 February 2009 - 05:17

As a personal test of willpower, I've been trying to avoid getting a Vanishing Point for several months. Alas, the quill turned out to be mightier than the will (sorry).
It came promptly with free shipping from Montgomery Pens for $111.96. On their website, they call it a Namiki and I wondered if it would be branded as such, but nope, it says "Pilot". The black lacquer finish is very rich and is complimented by the bright gold trim and nib (or maybe the other way around). It writes well upside down, and right side up, and the clip doesn't bother me in either position -- it actually helps keep the nib oriented properly. I'm going to love this pen.
Remember, the sample card below only measures 3x5 inches, and probably looks a lot bigger on your screen.

Edited by katfisch, 07 February 2009 - 16:43.

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#2 asimplemaestro


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Posted 07 February 2009 - 05:31

Glad it's smooth...my fine nib was too gritty for me and I traded it for a medium.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:49

Thanks for this review. I too had been resisting this pen for some unknown reason. Then a decent used one popped up in the marketplace and I just grabbed it without thinking. It should be arriving in a few days...then I can put it to the test. Thanks again for the 3x5 review and pictures.

#4 Peter from Sherwood Park

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:52

Thank you for this review -- I am amazed at what you can get on a 3 x 5 card. Great pen!

#5 ProsaicParadise


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Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:52

Ouch, I've been working on that willpower thing with this very same pen myself. You're not helping. smile.gif

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 19:42

Great revue. I think everyone owes themselves at least one vanishing point. I have two older Namiki branded ones, one fine and one medium. The fine nibbed one is the ne plus ultra pen for newspaper crossword puzzles.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 20:00

Thanks for the review. One of my carry everywhere pens - it is so convenient to use. Mine has a broad nib and it is sooooooo smooth

Edited by david6, 17 February 2009 - 20:02.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 11:05

A nice review. Which do you use your VP with, a VP twist converter or a cartridge? If you are using a twister converter, do you find it holds ink less than other converters?
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 00:44

Thank you for reviewing one of my personal favorites.

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