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Con-20 Doesn't Fit Pilot Vanishing Point (Which Runs Dry Easily)


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Hi,

 

I have an old Pilot VP faceted form the nineties. It's an amazing pen but it always had a tendency to run dry when left unused, even for a few hours.

 

I always thought it had something to do with the pen not closing correctly. A while ago, I found on Richard Binder's site a tip to fix the precise problem: switch the piston converter that came with the pen for a CON-20 squeeze converter (apparently it allows for the nib section to fully retract and avoids the drying issue).

 

I just received the converter, and it doesn't even fit... :-( It seems to be slightly wider than the converter that came with the pen.

 

Anybody knows what i'm doing wrong? Is there a way to fix the drying issue on these pens?

 

Lord, grant me the serenity to avoid the pens I don't need,

the dough for those I need and the wisdom to know the difference.

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Both the con20 and con50 fit the pen you have. And it is a tight fit. I suspect that you have not applied enough force to seat the converter all the way. This might also be the reason why the door mechanism isn't closing all the way, if indeed this is a problem.

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You need a CON-W converter. It is for the older Caplii.

I am not sure if anyone in America sells them.

They are available at larger stationary shops in Japan.

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You need a CON-W converter. It is for the older Caplii.

I am not sure if anyone in America sells them.

They are available at larger stationary shops in Japan.

 

The model the OP has (1990s) takes a con20 or con50. The conW is for the very early Capless

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The model the OP has (1990s) takes a con20 or con50. The conW is for the very early Capless

This is correct. I also own an early model VP and the CON-20 does fit, but it feels like it won't when inserting. It's a very tight squeeze, and personally I stick with the CON-50.

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Hi,

 

It was indeed a very tight fit. I was just scared to apply that kind of pressure. Thanks and lets hope it fixes the drying issue! :-)

 

Lord, grant me the serenity to avoid the pens I don't need,

the dough for those I need and the wisdom to know the difference.

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It works!!!! No more drying! It only took me slightly less than 2 decades to get this fixed! ;-D

 

Lord, grant me the serenity to avoid the pens I don't need,

the dough for those I need and the wisdom to know the difference.

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It works!!!! No more drying! It only took me slightly less than 2 decades to get this fixed! ;-D

Better late than never, so they say. ;)
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