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  2. Does anyone know of an online pen retailer that tests a pen and specifically the nib before sending out a pen. I am looking for a Pilot Vanishing Point in Fine and don't want to purchase a pen that is scratchy out of the box. Thank you
  3. From the album: Size and shape comparisons

    Lamy Safari Lamy CP1 Pilot Capless Vanishing Point Pilot Custom Heritage 91 Pilot Custom 74 Pilot Cocoon (aka Pilot MR Metropolitan) Pilot Elite 95s Sailor Lecoule Delike New Moon 3 Pilot 78G Leonardo Momento Zero Originally posted here: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/343131-looking-for-new-pen-recommendations/?do=findComment&comment=4165594

    © A Smug Dill

  4. essayfaire


    I had a bit of a mishap yesterday; my Vanishing Point F slipped out of my hand and landed embedded in my foot. I thought I might have a tsuki-yo tattoo, but later realized the ink had actually come out but that I had bled. I wonder if it would have done less damage had it been a stub...
  5. I want to get myself my first Vanishing Point. I have read threads about Vanishing Point nib widths running a size wider than other Pilot models. I saw Goulet nib nook but it seems I cant benchmark the nib width. I can't decide whether I should go for a Medium or a Broad. I would like to use it for daily purposes. The only Japanese Medium I own is a Plaisir and a Preppy medium. Can anyone show a written sample of a Vanishing Point Broad compared to a Preppy or some other nib width?
  6. How long does the mechanism on the Vanishing point last with normal daily usage? Has anyone faced any issues with it?
  7. I am trying to think a little ahead, here, and get an idea of a goal I want to start shooting for. I am thinking of getting my next fountain pen in the $50-$100 range in the next several months. Currently I own a Pilot Metro (F), Pilot 78G (B ), and a TWSBI Eco (EF). I tend to write small, and generally with about a 50 degree angle to the page. Eventually I would like to own both a VP and a Lamy 2000. So, here's the dilemma: neither the VP with a gold nib, nor the Lamy 2k are in the desired price range right now, so they'll probably be a couple years out. I am both a student, and a ful
  8. Hello guys, I am a mechanical pencil collector from China. It's my first time posting here in FPN. I have been seeking for a PILOT Automatic H-5005 Vanishing Point Mechanical Pencil for 5 years, and this is the 6th year. I think many of you have heard of it. It's very rare, and I already looked over ALL the websites that have a keyword "PILOT AUTOMATIC H-5005" that I can find on Google. I did see some auctions in Japan for it during the past few years, but I missed it because of many reasons. I have talked to many pencil collectors outside of China. I don't think it had been sold officia
  9. Hello guys, I am a mechanical pencil collector from China. It's my first time posting here in FPN. I have been seeking for a PILOT Automatic H-5005 Vanishing Point Mechanical Pencil for 5 years, and this is the 6th year. I think many of you have heard of it. It's very rare, and I already looked over ALL the websites that have a keyword "PILOT AUTOMATIC H-5005" that I can find on Google. I did see some auctions in Japan for it during the past few years, but I missed it because of many reasons. I have talked to many pencil collectors outside of China. I don't think it had been sold officially
  10. truphae_inc

    Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point

    I can't get enough of this Namiki Vanishing Point!! Do you guys like the more intricate designs in Namikis such as this, or prefer the solid colors?? This one is probably my favorite by far. Feel free to vote in the poll above!
  11. Hi, First time posting - I was just hoping someone could shed some light on whether they think the relatively small ink capacity of the pilot vanishing point is significant or not? I'm just about to start my first job as a junior doctor, and was considering getting this pen for work on the ward. The pen is clearly good for this situation as it's quick to use, not too showy (was going for the black version), and clips to clothing easily. However i'm sure it's not a stretch to see that taking time out to ink up a pen during the working day would both be unprofessional and would make me look a
  12. shekeepsthebees

    Vanishing Point Flow Problem

    Hello! I'm new to the forum and have spent some time looking through the repair Q&A posts that have been pinned relating to this problem. I have had a vanishing point for about three years now, and one summer (I'm a college student) I left my pen unwashed in an apartment without heat, so I believe I had some ink clog up the nib. I have since taken the nib out and let it soak a few times in water--this has not yet seemed to work. I put it in warm water and left it soaking for a week to see if there was some super stuck pigment/dried ink, but today when I went to test it out it did not w
  13. So my EDC Pilot VP had suffered droppage previously and one morning the innards dropped out. I followed Richard Binder's instructions to remove the clip/cap HERE, but squeezed a bit too hard Further efforts were successful, but the cap is toast. I managed to reassemble the spring, trapdoor and rubber boot into the steel cylinder. Using my trusty Emco Unimat lathe, I turned a replacement nose I started with a small through hole, and once I had removed it from the lathe I was able to use a dremel with a burr to carve out the D shaped hole for the nib. I think it looks great!
  14. slurry

    Converting A Vp Stub To Fine

    Hi All, Any suggestions on modifying a VP stub nib to fine/extra fine. I have successfully transformed a few standard medium nibs to a very smooth fine using a 4K, 8K and 10K honing stones, but the VP stub is a bit nonstandard. Any suggestions, tips, guides, examples etc... are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, .
  15. Hi I have 2 vanishing points in 18k Rhodium plated, one Medium and one Fine. The Fine one is a bit too thin, too dry, while the Medium is wet and on the broad side for me. Attached is comparison to a Metropolitan MR Medium which I like both as a line thickness and as wetness, crispness. Is there a way to modify the VP nibs to write like the Metropolitan, and how?
  16. Maybe I put in one too many puns there, but nevertheless my Pilot Vanishing Point (VP) reminds me very much of this: https://www.playadelcarmen.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/whale-1.png Put a little nib in that mouth (and the nib is little) and you have a Kasuri VP! https://cdn-tp1.mozu.com/6639-8588/cms/8588/files/606a40ad-cf3e-4a3f-b5b2-49a0545ca7a2 (Image from Goulet website) Let me get started in earnest. The VP never really appealed to me, I imagined it was a terribly slim pen with a clip in an irritating position, a small ink capacity and probably just an over designed and over engineer
  17. CheesyWalnut

    Pilot Vp Corrosion/ Nib Staining

    I’ve had this black nib pilot vanishing point for a few months and have only used pilot blue and iroshizuku shin kai in it, but the nib has started to discolor and cannot be cleaned. Does anyone know what could be causing this and what I can do about it? Thanks
  18. OK, cover me, I'm going in...! $20ish (£15 - ¥2160 to be precise) for a seemingly unscratched, sound nibbed (F, 14CT) Pilot Vanishing Point (Capless?). The 'knock' mechanism seems a little stiff, and when I took opened it to check out the inside, the spring came out with the nib/section assembly, but it seems fine otherwise. So, do I? Obviously, the answer is probably 'yes', otherwise I wouldn't come to you guys...! But, as someone who is primarily interested in calligraphy (as in, I write all of my work notes and to-do lists etc in italic/roundhand/summat fancy), who has almost exclusiv
  19. weissa

    Vintage Plastic Vps

    I have three plastic VPs that predate the popular faceted models, and I'm trying to find out if they're considered particularly collectible. I haven't seen ones like these come up for sale or trade in years, but I don't know if that's because they're rare, or because their plastic bodies and less refined internal mechanics make them less desirable. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  20. I'm in the market for a VP, and I'm torn between the matte black and the blue carbonesque. I'm really curious as to how the matte black finish wears off, and I'm not sure if I like it or not. Can you share the wear on your matte black VP? Do you mind the wear or do you think it looks nice? Thanks!
  21. All, I bought a stub as a spare nib for my Pilot Vanishing point. But it seems to me that it wants to write at pretty much a 90-degree angle - nearly perpendicular to the paper. Is this how they're supposed to be? Below are pictures, if a different angle will help, please let me know. (Sorry, they're not all the greatest... I could take pictures of my other stubs to show their more-rounded bottom-to-tip areas...) My questions: 1) Is this normal? Is it really supposed to be used at basically 90-degrees? Or is that little sliver of the edge (see a couple pics below, with comment) real
  22. All; I've recently started collecting a set of Pilot Vanishing Point Limited Editions and trying to figure out which ones I'm missing. Please fill in the blanks below: Limited Editions (Barrel Marked Limited Edition" and cap ring is numbered) 2003 Mandarin Yellow (LE of 1500) 2003 Red Kasuri (Carbonesque) (LE of 1500, possibly for Japan) (Not sure how to distinguish this from current production Kasuri) 2004 ? 2005 ? 2006 Ice Blue (LE of 1235) (unique w/ice blue plastic oval clamshell shaped case) 2007 Orange (LE of 2007) 2008 Purple (LE of 2008) 2009 Vivid
  23. I have an old-style, faceted Namiki Vanishing Point and wanted a factory stub nib for it. I made the mistake of buying one from Amazon that is like this one from Goulet Pens. Pilot Vanishing Point Nib Unit, Black 1.0 mm Stubhttp://www.gouletpens.com/pilot-vanishing-point-nib-unit-black-stub/p/PN71133 I was able to install and use the nib unit, but the pen leaked. After some research, I realized that the CON-50 converter won't work in my old-style pen. I tried to pull the converter from the unit, but it wouldn't budge. Additional research leads me to believe that a nib unit purchased with a
  24. About 7 years ago I became aware of the PILOT vanishing point mechanical pencil. By then it had already been discontinued and was sought after, prices going up rather high compared to the original prices (around $20). The only model numbers I'd heard of were H-1003 and H-1005. The last digit meant 0.3 mm or 0.5 mm. But in time I began to learn that there were more models made. Apparently a good many of them never left the JDM (Japan Domestic Market). H-10xx H-1003 - All black plastic body, with chromed metal parts, lead size 0.3mm H-1005 - Same as H-1003,
  25. As some of you may already know, there was a new stub nib released for the Pilot vanishing point sometime late last year. I did a cursory search around the web and the best price I can find is from Carmen Rivera. You can buy a vanishing point pen with the stub nib for about $60 more ($135 is the cheapest I've found @ Jet Pens). But if you've already got a few vanishing point pens, why bother with the extra expense (if it was $30~40 more, it would be a no-brainer). My question is... how does this 1.0mm stub nib compare to the Mottishaw and Binder customized stubs? I have a Binder example

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