Pilot Vanishing Point: As timeless as it is capless

Pilot Vanishing Point Review Photo

There are few pens stranger than retractable fountain pens. They’re like a contradiction; fountain pens are cumbersome and complex by design, so why bother making one retractable? Well, I think it’s mainly because they can, but also because doing so forms one of the most iconic and unusual writing instruments in recent memory, whilst also making something so hopelessly practical that it’s a wonder why Pilot are the only ones to mass market such a product.

Pilot Vanishing Point Review Photo

The Vanishing Point (VP from hereon out), or “Capless” as it’s known in some countries, marries the writing pleasure of a fountain pen, with the convenience of one-handed operation. Slip itĀ from a breast pocket, click the button, and begin writing in one swift motion, and with one hand. What is considered by some to be a gimmick in fact enhances the whole experience of an entirely extraordinary pen, one that even without the capless mechanism would be fantastic in its own right.

So, it’s a noteworthy product, and one that I can wholly recommend; something I hope to show you in this review.

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Platinum President Review

Platinum President Photo

Yeah, this review was a long time coming, I know, but do forgive me as I’ve been so busy writing with this pen that I had no time to blog about it! I swear!

As many of you know, Platinum is just about my favourite pen brand in the world. Never have I ever taken a Platinum pen out of its box and been disappointed with how it writes. Never.

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For sale: A huge lot of vintage pens – Part 2, Vintage FLEX (all sold!)

Pen trays courtesy of Charlotte! See how to make them here.

Now that I’ve gotten right into pen restoration and photography, it seems only natural to take some great pictures of pens and then give you the opportunity to have those pens! I have spent the past few weeks busily restoring a heap of old pens: polishing them up; straightening, smoothing, polishing, even grinding nibs; and restoring filling systems, from snorkels to sac fillers.

There are a mixture of prices from $15 to $200, so there’s something for everyone!

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For sale: A huge lot of vintage pens – Part 1, Parkers and Sheaffers

Now that I’ve gotten right into pen restoration and photography, it seems only natural to take some great pictures of pens and then give you the opportunity to have those pens! I have spent the past few weeks busily restoring a heap of old pens: polishing them up; straightening, smoothing, polishing, even grinding nibs; and restoring filling systems, from snorkels to sac fillers.

There are a mixture of prices from $15 to $200, so there’s something for everyone!

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Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 1: Nibs, Feeds, and How They Come Together

 

Next Session: Filling Systems ->
Fountain Pen Guide Series - Nibs, Feeds, And How They Come Together Photo

This is the first in a long list of guides all about fountain pens, ink, and everything that makes a fountain pen what it is. Fountain pens are one of the most difficult writing instruments to get used to after coming from ballpoints or pencils, and maintaining them can sometimes be just as confusing. This series is designed to help you get the most out of your pens and become versed with what makes them tick. I will also delve into other topics, such as how to buy a fountain pen, how to pick a quality pen, different inks for your pen, and much, much more!

Each section will be split up into separate posts, and I will include a table of contents at the top of each post. You don’t have to follow along word by word (but please do if you can!), just skip to the section that interests you most by clicking the link in the contents.

During these guides I will introduce new words, but don’t worry! I will star any new ones and at the very bottom of the post will be a glossary of the starred terms. If I neglect to mark any confusing words, or if you have any questions at all about what I have written or elaboration on a particular topic, please comment or send me an emailĀ using my Contact Me page.

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Platinum 3776 Music Nib Fountain Pen Review

Platinum. The name of a super precious metal, and one of the largest pen companies in Japan. Part of the Big Three: the trifecta of Japanese pen companies that make almost all of the quality writing instruments in Japan; Pilot, Sailor, and Platinum.

This means that when you pick up a pen from one of these three you’re bound to be holding a very good one. Of course, such quality isn’t born overnight. Each company has been working on perfecting the writing instrument for around 100 years, and every pen is born from that collection of experience.

Platinum is no exception.

Music Nib Pen Photo

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