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Pilot Vanishing Point Ink Leak Behind The Nib


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Hello Forum,


I recently purchased a Pilot Vanishing Point. My initial impression has been positive from buttery smooth nib to convenience of retracting tip.


I have one concern over this pen. It is, I continue to experience a leak behind the nib. Even after I clean the section out, the leak reappears every time I push the nib out to write.


I am wondering if this is a normal behavior or something wrong with the pen. I am using Noodlers Blue ink and using the piston converter that came with the pen.


I have attached the photo of the problem so you can help diagnose it further. Thank you.




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It's hard to tell from the pictures. If the ink is on the body itself regardless of the nib in or out, it is a problem. If it is ink on the feed below the nib it is normal and perfectly correct; in fact essential.


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Hi and welcome to FPN


We have several subforums that are organised partly by brand, partly by country/region.


Your Pilot pen is Japanese.


Chances are you will get more answers in the Japanese subforum so I moved your topic there.





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Hi Everyone.


The problem area is the area right behind the nib (the grey plastic part). From the picture, you can see a streak of blue ink in the middle of the grey plastic piece.


After further examination, I think the ink streak is coming from the nib when it touches the covering cap. I also think this is a normal behavior but wanted the forum's consensuses

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I've had the same with some creepy Noodler's inks, but there's none when I use Pelikan or Diamine. When I use Noodler's, I have to be careful to rinse out the body of the pen each time I fill up or change inks because it's so wet on the feed it can get a bit of ink inside the barrel. It's possible your issue is the same as mine, in which case it's a problem of preference rather than a malfunction.


I don't mind creep, so I still use Noodler's inks in my VP. As Jar said, ink on the feed is essential, but you don't necessarily need a globule of it. If it bothers you, try out a dryer ink (I would suggest Pelikan or Diamine) and see if you prefer that. As long as it doesn't spittle when you let the nib out or leak, and as long as the pen is writing without dumping globs of ink here and there on the paper (I had a cheap pen do that -- awful!), I think you're fine.

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