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.
31 thoughts on “The Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen in Matte Black – Handwritten Review”
I have an older faceted graphite VP. It’s been a go to pen for me for years.
It really is a great design.
I just recently purchased the same pen but with a fine nib, and can’t stop inking it time after time. Because of this pen, I am contemplating on purchasing a Decimo.
Thank you for a great read.
Thanks for taking the time to read! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the VP.
Nice review! Love the pics too. I was curious about the finish myself… I saw a thread on FPN about chipping and the brass underneath showing… apparently Pilot will repair it? Either way, yours looks in good shape! Pretty pen, that’s for sure.
Yeah, Pilot will fix it, you have to send it back to them or something. I kind of like the idea that it shows wear with use. Mines not in bad shape, but there are a few spots with brass showing through. I’m just going to hold onto it and see what happens.
Fantastic review, thanks!
Ah, looks like I missed this review. Have two VP’s myself, the Matte Black and a ‘standard’ silver one. Far prefer the matte finish to hold and write with. It’s my daily work pen and as such pretty much lives in my messenger bag or resting on a clipboard onsite. I baby it as much as possible and it’s only acquired a few surface marks where the matte finish appears to have been shined to a gloss – no scratches through to the brass yet though.
Mine gets the “throw in pocket” treatment. It’s just so handy having a retractable pen right there when I need it. I kind of like the patina too. The Gun Metal / Matte one I picked up is holding up much better.
I also noticed when I first got the pen that it was extremely rough and dry. I found online that if you draw big circles on a slightly rough surface, like the back of a Five star notebook, it gets much better. After I did that it worked flawlessly and it has become my favorite pen!
Great review. Makes me even more sad to have lost this pen! Grr! I am such an idiot.
hey ed. Just wondering how your matte VP is holding up through the years.. mainly concerned about the wear on the finish. mind showing a picture?
It’s holding up just fine, I’m not too hard on it, but I don’t baby it. There are some scratches and scuffs on it, but barely any exposed brass. It’s a great workhorse pen.
sounds great. have a friend sending me a picture of his with many scuffs and marks – really well-used… in his words “like a well-loved Leica”