Revisited: Pilot Vanishing Point

Have you ever purchased a fountain pen, love it when it was all new and shiny but once the new and shiny feeling has faded found the pen was just wasn’t for you? I don’t think that is a foreign feeling for most pen users. However, have you have changed your mind on something you decide was just wasn’t for you? I have. And that pen is the Pilot Vanishing Point.

Packaging for Pilot Vanishing Point Midnight Blue

I’ve reviewed the Pilot Vanishing Point way back in late 2014. I did enjoy the pen when I first got it. I enjoyed the quick deployment aspect of the Vanishing Point but found the clip way to pesky. However earlier this year (2016) I purchased a variety of covers (Roterfaden Taschenbegletier and Astrida Leather cover) for my Hobonichi. I wanted a pen to be attached with the notebook cover. There wasn’t a single pen I thought would fit this purpose better than the Pilot Vanishing Point. I agonised over the decision for a few months knowing how I felt about the Pilot Vanishing Point. What pushed me over the edge was trying the pen out during our local monthly pen meets and a friend offering to buy one from Japan for me. I placed my order for a silver body Pilot Vanishing Point with a stainless steel F nib.

L to R: Faber-Castell Ondoro, Platinum #3776 Century, Pilot Vanishing Point, Pilot Custom 74, Lamy 2000, Pilot Metropolitan

L to R: Faber-Castell Ondoro, Platinum #3776 Century, Pilot Vanishing Point, Pilot Custom 74, Lamy 2000, Pilot Metropolitan

This time the nib worked way better for me. The stiffer and finer nib choice worked in my favour. I had ordered a 18K M nib the last time that was the mistake. M was too board for my lefty writing add the softer 18K nib to the mix I was having trouble with smudge free handwriting. If I had the knowledge that I have now, I would have paired the pen with a dry ink. Alas, my first Vanishing Point and I parted ways. In my previous review, I wrote about the pesky clip that hinder my grip. The clip is still a pain in the ass but the pen has a purpose now. It lives with my notebooks. It doesn’t get used for anything but short quick notes in my notebooks. With a defined job for the pen, I found I tolerated the clip better.

I went from not liking the Pilot Vanishing Point to having two in my pen collection. Is that a change of mind or what? I must say the Pilot Vanishing Point has become one of my go to pens at work. A true workhorse fountain pen. Do you have any pens that you don’t like but went crawling back to them anyway? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on August 2, 2016 and filed under Fountain Pen, review.