Well, here’s another handwritten review, this time on a Maruman Mnemosyne B6 notebook. This time it’s for one of my favorite pens, and my smoothest writer, the Pilot Vanishing Point in Matte Black. I was immediately drawn to this pen because of it’s stealth finish. As time goes on, you’re probably going to notice I have an affinity towards all black everything. I’ve had this pen for about six months, and I plan on adding more to my collection (the gunmetal grey with matte black trim).
Anyway, this pen is a step above the rest. I purchased the medium nib unit from RichardsPens.com (no affiliation, he just does great work), where he smooths and adjusts every nib prior to sending it out. This thing is really like butter. Or a hot knife through butter. Or ice. Or something else that’s really really smooth. The clicking mechanism is totally solid, and provides a satifying “CLICK” when extended or closed. The convenience factor of a fountain pen with a retractable nib is way up there. I find myself using this for both quick notes because of it’s convenience, and longer writing sessions because of it’s smoothness, weight and balance.
Enjoy the review!
The Matte Black Pilot Vanishing Point and the Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook. They make a great combo.
There have been complaints about the durability of the finish of this VP model. You can see the brass underneath starting to show through. Personally, I don’t mind it, but it may bother others.
Here, you can see the finish has gotten a bit shiny. This is more than likely due to carrying it around in my pocket. If you’re more careful than I am with it, I’m sure this can be avoided. Once again, I kind of like that the pen shows wear with use.
A head-on shot of the VP’s tiny nib. It took some getting used to at first, but it makes this pen a stand out piece in my collection. The ink seen here is Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron.
Exploded view of the VP. The nib unit can be swapped easily. This must also be done in order to fill the pen. It’s nice that it’s able to be filled without getting ink all over the place too.
Very subtle branding, just a small logo below where the pen comes apart.
The VP’s clip placement has a love/hate relationship through the fountain pen community. Some like the placement because it gives your index finger and thumb somewhere to rest. Others with less traditional grips find it to get in the way. If you’re one of the latter, the older version of the VP has a clip thats tapered into the pen, and tends to be less obtrusive.