Review Redux – Four Years with the Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Review Redux-1

Review Redux
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen

  • Review Paper: Nanami Paper Seven Seas Writer

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Review Redux-7Specs:

  • Time Owned: ~4 Years (since 7/13/2012)
  • Nib: 18k gold
  • Material: Metal Body and components
  • Filling Mechanism: Cartridge / Converter
  • Weight: 30 grams
  • Measurements: 140mm
  • Ink Capactiy: ~0.7-0.9ml
  • Link to Original Review
  • Buy on Amazon

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Intro/About:

The whole point of the “Review Redux” series is to tell you if a pen has held up over the years, especially once that honeymoon period is over. You can check out my last entry in the series on the Lamy 2000 here. This time, I’m revisiting the Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen in matte black. I’ve owned the pen for just over four years, read on to see how it’s held up!Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Review Redux-1

Appearance:

The matte black finish on the VP has its fair share of complaints. Some users report that the finish wears off, and others went as far as sending theirs back to Pilot for replacement. I haven’t sent mine back, but admittedly I usually carried the pen in a case. You can start to see some spots where the brass is showing beneath the surface of the finish, and honestly I can’t wait for more of it to show through. It reminds me of an old black Leica where the brassing comes through the finish, resulting in a beautiful vintage look. I hope that my VP gets there some day! The metal body has been quite durable, no major dings, scratches, or dents. Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Review Redux-8

Performance:

The nib on the VPs tend to run a bit dry, and the fine nib on mine was no exception. Since it’s a Japanese pen, the nib sizes tend to run a full size smaller than their Western counterparts. After a few months with the fine, I sold it off and bought a medium nib unit from Richard Binder that was adjusted for smoothness and increased ink flow. Boy is it great. It’s glassy smooth, lays down a ton of ink, and is a pleasure to write with. Since the ink capacity is on the lower end, it does need to be topped off more frequently. I’m much happier with the pen since swapping the nib out, I’m glad I went for it. Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Review Redux-10

Mechanically, the pen has performed well. The click mechanism is operating just as well as it did on day one. There are a lot of moving parts in the VP, and I’m happy to report that none of them have broken. Between the click mechanism, trap door that keeps the nib wet, and awkwardly (for some, not me) placed clip there’s a lot going on. I haven’t had any problems with the pen and I’m sure it will continue to serve me well for years to come.

Usage/Opinion:

The Pilot Vanishing Point was my second expensive pen purchase. Way back when I first started the site, I was between the Lamy 2000 and the Vanishing Point. I opted for the Lamy 2000 initially, but it didn’t take long for me to add the VP to my cart. The pen is convenient for quick notes and was great throughout classes in college. I still use the pen, but admittedly not as much as I used to. I’m not even entirely sure why, as it’s a great writer that’s nice and portable. Redoing this review prompted me to ink up the pen and I’m excited to use it at work this upcoming week. Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Review Redux-5

Pros:

  • Unique design and sleek looks
  • Retractable nib for quick notes
  • Metal construction has held up

Cons:

  • Fine nib was dry and scratchy
  • Finish isn’t so durable (not a problem for me)
  • Small ink capacity

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Review Redux-3Does It Hold Up?

Yes, I believe it does. The Pilot VP has been around in one form or another for many years now, and I don’t think it’s going anywhere. Since my initial purchase I’ve acquired two more VPs (but sold them – I didn’t need three) because I liked the first one so much. Pilot regularly releases different colors and finishes, so there’s no hints that they’re abandoning the form factor. Over time, I’ve used my VP less and less, but after spending some time with it I am excited again to use it. It’s been durable and convenient over the years, definitely pick this one up with confidence.

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7 thoughts on “Review Redux – Four Years with the Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen

  1. Thanks for the redux review! I have a VP of similar vintage and get a similar “I should use this more often” feeling when I pick it up. Mine is gray with the matte black trim, and the main place I’ve noticed the brassing is on the nock plunger from sliding in and out. In your pictures it looks like that area is still pretty black.

  2. As I am only 6 months into my Vanishing Point ownership, I read your review with great interest. I noticed you list the 2mL ink capacity as a con but your review redux of the Lamy 2000 lists the same 2mL ink capacity as a pro. Does this reflect a change in your thinking or is your VP nib, which you had adjusted to increase flow, just blow through the ink faster? Incredible photography as always.

    1. That’s actually a typo! I copied the format of the Lamy post (for consistency) and neglected to update the ink capacity. I’ve updated the post.

      The VP takes a converter, and the Pilot ones hold between 0.7 and 0.9ml of ink. I don’t think I made the wrong choice in getting the nib adjusted, as I like the way it writes MUCH better. It would definitely go longer between fillings if I had kept the original fine nib.

      Thank you for the kind words!

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