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  1. Hi all - I just got a CL300 and the trap door is not closing when the nib is retracted. Based on the diagram posted earlier here (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/271028-how-a-pilot-vanishing-point-works-w-diagrams/), I am assuming that the spring is broken or missing entirely - I haven't had a chance to investigate with anything other than room light and my eyes. Can anyone point me a reference on repairing the trap door, or to someone who performs such services? I can't imagine Pilot has the parts for a 50 year old pen in stock..... Thanks! -Redblur
  2. Hi all - I just got a hold of a Pilot CL300, which is an early vanishing Point. (it also says EI 21, (that's an i), but I haven't been able to find any reference to what that might mean.) Luckily, it came with two NOS cartridges, because these use the old-style small back to back cartridges that are long since out of production. I'll be able to refill them - they actually work - but I would like to get a converter, and I'm wondering what converter might fit this pen? Can anyone help? Thanks! -Redblur
  3. This post serves two purposes. Mostly, I would like to show some differences between the old and new versions of the Pilot Capless/Vanishing Point (which I'll call VP). But I would also like some advice about the converter on my old VP. I bought an old VP last year. I don't know how old it is, but the Japanese price-sticker is still attached - ¥2,000 - which at today's exchange rate is about US$20. I liked the pen so much that I recently bought a new version, in matte black. There are some clear differences between the two, most notably the following (and see pictures, below): • Material: plastic and metal (old) vs. Metal (new) • Weight: 18g (old) vs. 29g (new) • Clip: less obtrusive in older version - flatter, shorter. This is a big deal for me. • Visual balance: front end of pen is much longer with the new VP model • Section: longer section on older model means less interference from the clip when writing - much more comfortable • Girth: older VP is fractionally thinner • Ink delivery: both models use a converter, but the new version is simpler - just stick a converter on, vs. using an additional 'converter cap' to affix the converter to the older nib unit. Conversely, the older VP feels more secure. • Nib size: new nib looks longer and better-affixed, nib size marked on new nib, but not on the old • Nib material: 14k gold (old) vs. 18k gold (new). • Nib unit: older version is much shorter, given the extra 'cap' for the converter Old VP model abover, new VP model below New model on left (silver colour), older model on right (gold colour) New model on left (silver colour), older model on right (gold colour) New model above (longer unit), newer model below (shorter unit) Shows the converter and 'converter cap' on the older model Compatibility: The new converter can be used on the old VP, but it got stuck in the 'converter cap' and was a hassle to remove. The old converter doesn't sit securely on the new VP nib unit and is too long anyway. On the whole, I prefer the older version, as I find it easier to use (that clip!) and really enjoy the usefulness and feel of it. Unfortunately, the converter is cracked, so it holds nearly no ink. That brings me to part 2: does anyone know the specific part number of the old converter, and/or whether it is possible to either repair or replace it? See picture. Motage of pictures to show the crack on the old converter PS: I thought about putting this in the Reviews section, but decided that it isn't quite right for a review. I quite like the idea of comparing old and contemporary versions of the same model.
  4. Zillaxila

    Sailor Or Pilot?

    So I arrived to the last pen to my collection. Well, I think is going to be the last pen hehehehe.... It is going to be a Japanese branded pen, and I am between the Sailor Professional Gear 21kt Broad nib in black with rhodium trim. Or the Pilot Vanishing Point 18kt Broad nib in gun metal. The Sailor is priced at $170, and the Pilot at $115. But I cant decide between the two, what are your recomendations and opinions.....thanks!
  5. So if you know me, I have been iching for a new pen, but instead of getting a cheap pen, I want to save for the higher end pens from Pilot. There are so many from Pilot. Can anyone give me an idea of what pen I should get, and the pros and cons of them. Thanks!!!!!
  6. I posted a few days ago that I bought my first Pilot VP on Ebay. Well, I actually bought TWO Pilot VPs… both fine nibs. One blue with rhodium accents, one red with rhodium accents. I inked up the blue one right away and have been using it non-stop. It's an absolute dream. I haven't used another pen since I inked it. Well, today I thought "I'm going to ink up my new red VP" with a sample of Noodler's Antietam that I got from Goulet a while back. I inked it up, started writing, and immediately thought "Oh, that's not quite right." The nib is very smooth when moving down, or to the left, but when moving to the right it's very clearly scratchy. I can feel it catching on the paper (slightly but consistently) and it makes a scratching sound. I imagine that the tines might be misaligned, but I do not own a loupe, and the fine is so tiny I can't tell with the naked eye. So, I've got two options: 1) Buy a loupe, try to determine the problem, and attempt to fix it myself. (Gasp!) or 2) Send it off to a professional for a tuning. I've been using FPs for a few years, but have never attempted to mess with (I mean, fix) a nib. Thoughts? (One last thought…it seems that if I'm going to get into messing with nibs, perhaps I should practice on a less expensive and bigger nib than the VP fine?)
  7. Are the differences between the Pilot Vaishing Point and the Pilot Capless Decimo enough to justify the extra $100 for the Decimo?
  8. It's official, the Pilot Capless 2013 limited edition fountain pen will be available from November! All Capless limited editions are special, but what makes the 2013 version even more so, is that it's also the 50th anniversary of the Capless fountain pen in Japan! Made from Maple wood and gold trim, the 2013 Capless also comes stylishly packaged in a luxurious matching wooden box. The 2013 Capless will certainly live up to its limited edition title, as only 900 of these pens will be available worldwide, but don't worry you can pre-order yours from us today. The higher cost involved with producing a pen from Maple Wood and the smaller number of pens available increases the exclusive nature of this edition. http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Pilot-Capless-Maple-LE.jpg What do you think of the 2013 Limited Edition?
  9. Celebrating 50 years of the Pilot Capless, the 2013 Jubilee Limited Edition Maple Wood Capless Fountain Pen is now in stock. Made from hollowed maple wood with gold accents and an 18k gold nib, the pen comes presented in an elegant matching gift case. Only 900 of these pens are available worldwide! http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Pilot-Capless-Maple-LE.jpg Find out more here.
  10. Hello, Cult Pens here. We've just signed up to the Fountain Pen Network with a premium account to show our support and are very much looking forward to being part of community. For those of you that don't know us, we are based in the UK and stock the widest range of pens, pencils and refills on the planet! Our site is regularly updated with offers and new products, so there's always something new to check out. In fact, we are kicking off our activity on FPN by annoucing that the Pilot Capless (Vanishing Point) Fountain Pen in White Carbonesque is now available. Pure white with rhodium-plated trim and rhodium-plated 18k gold nib. Although known as the Carbonesque in Europe due to the similarity of the finish with (faux) carbon-fibre trim on some cars, this finish is actually known as the Kasuri in Japan. Kasuri is a textile dyed with a resist technique to create the simple patterns reflected in this pen. The Pilot Capless (Vanishing Point) Carbonesque White Fountain Pen is in stock for fast UK and worldwide delivery. http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Pilot-Capless-Carbonesque-wh-fp.jpg
  11. Howdy folks! So I (finally!) found my beloved Pilot Vanishing Point (after about 5 years!) which got me rather excited... and then very disappointed as it seems to have dried up permanently and won't write anymore! I'm using standard Pilot ink cartridges and have tried everything to get the ink to flow again, but to no avail. Is this a common problem VP? Is there a way to get it writing again? Would appreciate some tips and tricks please!
  12. My friend John is a photographer and asked me if he could borrow a few fountain pens to shoot for his portfolio. I think he did a great job. http://static.squarespace.com/static/51c300c1e4b034c963afc8b8/t/51c48c43e4b0c5a944a39daa/1371835461423/20%20-%20Pennor0564.jpg Pilot Capless, TWSBI Diamond 540, Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo ink, Pilot Custom, Pilot MYU BS-500. http://static.squarespace.com/static/51c300c1e4b034c963afc8b8/t/51c48c2ce4b09ee48eb671cd/1371835437733/20%20-%20Pennor0531.jpg Montblanc Meisterstück 149, Waterman Carène, custom Nakaya, Iroshizuku Chiku-rin and Tsutsuji ink. Photos taken from my blog post. (Translated with Google.)
  13. Okay, so I was outbid on the Sheaffer I was going to get (damn ) and started looking around, and I noticed that a lot of the time, hooded nibs are recommended as an alternative to inlaid/inset nibs. With brings me to my actual question: which is better for me, a Sheaffer Imperial Triumph or a Vanishing Point? The criteria I have: The pen would be used for taking lecture notes, and I can refill every day if necessary. I usually carry my pens clipped to the folder I'm using, or tucked inside if the clip doesn't allow it (looking at you, Parker Vector) The pen needs to be blue (I know, this has no effect on the performance, but I'm OCD and it has to match!) I like a fine to medium nib.The gold nib on the VP interests me because it's a little different, and considering that people have said inlaid nibs can be difficult sometimes, I'm cautious, as I have no skill whatsoever at tweaking pens. So, what do you think? PS if I do get a Vanishing Point is it worth having it tweaked by Mr Binder first?
  14. tomkeb

    Storing A Pilot Vp

    Hello, a Pilot Vanishing Point (Capless) is on the way to my mailbox and I was thinking about this: I am storing all my capped pens with the nib upwards, both when I'm carrying them in my bag and when they're resting in a glass on my desk. I can see the VP placed nicely in a shirt pocket, however, I don't know what would I do if I wanted to put it in a case, or just store it on my desk. Wouldn't I wear the clicking mechanism if I placed it with the nib upwards; or wouldn't the ink leak from the nib if I did it the opposite way? Since many of you have VPs, how do you carry and store them? Thanks in advance for your tips!
  15. PenandDesign

    Vanishing Point Stops Writing...

    Hi FPN, I've encountered a rather unexpected problem with my Medium VP (modern) over the last few days. Sometimes, over the course of a page, the ink flow will dwindle until the pen stops writing. After retracting the nib and lightly shaking the pen a few times, it (quite literally) gushes back to life. I have Noodler's Black in the cartridge, and haven't yet heard of this ink being problematic to the VPs. I've flushed the pen in tap water for 12 hours, and filled it with MB ink, but I'm going to be needing a darker black (MB's is purplish) tomorrow onards. Any suggestions? Thanks! Pen&Design

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