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Nibs Most Like A Vp?


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Hi.

 

I have several pens, mostly Japanese. I find that I keep coming back to the Vanishing Point/Capless pens that I have, and I am trying to figure out what it is that I love so much about writing with them. I THINK the word I am looking for is "springy." I know that the shape and size of the nib are significant departures from most others, so I am wondering what other nibs are most similar from an experience perspective. FWIW, I also love my Sailor Pro Gear Slims (Sapporos). I use mostly F and XF nibs, but I look for smooth, not toothy.

 

Thank you!

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I had this same question, as I love my VP so much--I got a Custom 74, and find it very similar.

Hi LuckyKate! May I ask how the VP is similar to the Custom 74? Is it the springiness only, smoothness of the nib or both? How about the overall writing experience? Thanks

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The Pilot Celemo, by the way, is an astounding pen.

If you buy from Rakuten, you can get them for ~35 USD.

Fits CON 20/50 and Pilot cartridge.

It's very light and portable, and the 14k nib is excellent (at least the three I bought were).

The medium nib is a very nice starting point for a CI or stub.

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You could try the PIlot e95s. It's a thinner inlaid nib that kind of resembles a VP. My fine writes very smoothly and has a good feel to it.

http://files.gouletpens.com/Pictures/Blog/Pilot-E95s-BurgundyIvory-6.jpg

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Vp nibs are not necessarily springy but feels so because of the give in the mechanism whereby the nib unit can move inside the body.

 

The closest I can think of are Pilot #15 nibs (e.g 823). If you want something more springier, than maybe a Pilot soft nib.

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Hi.

 

I have several pens, mostly Japanese. I find that I keep coming back to the Vanishing Point/Capless pens that I have, and I am trying to figure out what it is that I love so much about writing with them. I THINK the word I am looking for is "springy." I know that the shape and size of the nib are significant departures from most others, so I am wondering what other nibs are most similar from an experience perspective. FWIW, I also love my Sailor Pro Gear Slims (Sapporos). I use mostly F and XF nibs, but I look for smooth, not toothy.

 

Thank you!

 

truelefty: this is a quest that can drive one mad! :)

 

VP nibs are truly my most favorite nibs on the market. I spent a lot of time trying to find other nibs that felt like these nibs.

 

I will be the dissenting voice here, I fear: IMHO there is no nib "most like" a VP nib. It is unique in feel and writing experience.

 

That said, if you like "springy" nibs, I would try the Pilot soft nibs (assuming you haven't already done so). They are fun.

 

Good luck!

...writing only requires focus, and something to write on. —John August

...and a pen that's comfortable in the hand.—moi

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You could try the PIlot e95s. It's a thinner inlaid nib that kind of resembles a VP. My fine writes very smoothly and has a good feel to it.

http://files.gouletpens.com/Pictures/Blog/Pilot-E95s-BurgundyIvory-6.jpg

I agree. I just got an E95S with a medium nib from Goulet Pens (just like the photo) and it is a lot like my M Vanishing Point nibs. A wonderful writing pen. Though, not exactly like the VP.

 

I think the VP nibs are a littler "springier" feeling, but the degree of wetness and line width are close. I think the inlaid nib design keeps the nib from being as springy as the VP nibs. Also, the VP nibs are narrower than most nibs and not held as rigid as an inlaid or hooded nib. My first VP nib is 14k gold (circa 1999, all my newer nibs are 18k gold) yet does not seem to have the very slight degree of flexibility as the ES95S nib does (it is 14k gold too). Note: the E95S IS NOT A FLEX NIB. It just has a small degree of line variation with writing pressure.

 

But jde is right, you'll never match the VP nibs exactly. I have six: EF, F, M (two), B, and stub.

Eschew Sesquipedalian Obfuscation

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I have six: EF, F, M (two), B, and stub.

 

Nice, one of each, ay? I meant to encourage trulylefty to just get more VP nibs! I've only 4: EF, F, and two italics. Love them all.

 

Meant to say that my VPs live in a Decimo (the Sesenta LE), and a Fermo.

 

Cheers!

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...writing only requires focus, and something to write on. —John August

...and a pen that's comfortable in the hand.—moi

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My current favorite is one that was customized as a DailyItalic by IndyPenDance. I am waiting for a friend to visit me soon, and she is bringing me the new stock stub. I have an EF and a F in addition. I love them all.

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