Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Nib - Black Matte Body

Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Nib - Black Matte Body

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4.8 (4 reviews)
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This Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen from Pilot features a beautifully designed metal body with a modern, sophisticated matte black finish. The 18k-gold nib is plated in a dark metal, and retracts with a push of the top knock button. The pen is weighted well for comfortable writing.

One CON-50 converter and one blue ink cartridge are included. A metal cartridge cap is also included, for covering the ink cartridge to protect it from the nib retraction mechanism. The pen comes packaged in a gift box.

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This review is written...
May 26, 2015
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This review is written off first impressions and a full day of use. I will revise this review if extended and continued use changes my opinion. Let me also qualify my review. This is my first fountain pen. I cannot compare it to other fountain pens. I CAN, however, compare it to other fine writing instruments. My favorite, to date, has been the Pilot Hi-Tec C Cavalier pens. Japanese pens tend to be the only ones fine enough to accommodate my handwriting, so I have stuck with them. Let me first speak to the appearance of the pen. The matte black is very contemporary, sleek, and attractive. I can see how it might scuff easily, but I have not had that problem as of yet. the pen comes with the rhodium nib which is a gunmetal gray color.

Now, to the real meat of the review. This pen writes BEAUTIFULLY. The flow is continuous but efficient. It neither skips nor blots. You DO have to be very gentle with your pressure against the paper, but my opinion is that all fountain pens must be this way, given the nature of the ink delivery. The clip is in a reverse position, which is a subtle but great design to help with function and to prevent potential leaks (of which I have had none). The pen is a GREAT weight. I do not like plastic pens. I like a heavier pen that pushes your strokes to be more deliberate. That being said, this pen is not too heavy. I don't get tired holding it for extended periods of time, and it is wide enough that gripping it doesn't cause my hand to cramp too quickly.

I switched the converter out for the CON-20, a squeeze converter. I like this converter quite a bit. I filled it with Diamine Blue-Black, which I find flows well, has yet to dry on me, and with a rich color. It has not clogged my nib yet. The price point for this pen is quite high, but if you write as much as I do or enjoy writing as much as I do, then you will find this very worth the money. You can instantly tell it is made of high quality materials, and was designed with a great deal of thought. I love that the nib is retractable.

As it compares to Hi-Tec C pen refills, easily the most popular pen in Asia, the Extra Fine nib is on very close to the 0.3mm, but it is not too scratchy. The nib is JUST a hair thicker than the 0.3 (close to 0.35mm?). The pen is approximately 4.5 inches long when retracted.

I am exceptionally happy with this purchase. I will be trying the pen with Pilot Iroshizuku Bottled Fountain Pen Ink, Shin-Kai - Deep Sea AND Deep Azure, Noodler's Midnight Blue, and J. Herbin Black.
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October 7, 2015
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I bought this pen for longer writing sessions, the sort where long pauses had me shaking my other pens to get them going again. I figured the retractable nib would be better for this than needing to remember to cap/uncap the pen.

The verdict: I love this pen so much! I was on the fence for a long time about getting one (mostly because of the cost), but I have to say I have zero buyer's remorse now that I've had it a few weeks. I loaded it up immediately with some Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo, and it writes like a dream. There's a little feedback, but not much -- certainly not enough that I'd call it "scratchy", by any means.

If you've got the cash to spare, it's definitely a worthwhile investment!
This is hands down the...
August 31, 2015
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This is hands down the best pen I've ever had my hands on. Smooth, hardcore, awesome!
Let me first qualify...
July 3, 2015
Let me first qualify I'm new to fountain pens and this is my second one. My first pen was a Kaweco Sport Classic EF. When they say this Pilot is EF boy is it ever! It's like writing with a pin needle. I have small handwriting so I like the EF nibs but this one is just a little too fine. The Kaweco on the other hand writes beautifully. I did some reading before buying the Pilot and I understood the difference between Western and Japanese nibs. Now I know first hand the difference 0.2mm can make. I was originally contemplating this Pilot with a fine nib and I regret not going that route. The pen itself is beautifully crafted but just throwing out a warning on this super extra fine nib. If I could got back I would opt for the fine nib.
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