This Pilot Capless Matte Black fountain pen is a perfect combination of luxury and technology. The Pilot Vanishing Point features a subtle yet modern matte barrel and an 18 Karat gold rhodium plated nib. No cap, the nib retracts with a simple click.
The first retractable fountain pen, the Vanishing Point, spent 6 years in development before its launch in 1963. The upper barrel of this precision instrument alone is made up of 18 components. Winner of the Japanese award for high technology in 1965, this legendary pen has gone on to conquer the world.
One click deploys the nib; a second click retracts the nib, providing perfect leak-tightness, even without a cap. The ink never dries up. An ingenious 'trap door' mechanism opens and closes when nib is extended and retracted, the vanishing point is always ready for use. This is a product of unprecedented appeal and practicality.
Barrel separates by unscrewing at centre, allowing entire nib assembly to be removed for filling. Exchanging between cartridge and convertor filling mechanisms is also carried out when barrel is separated.
Filling system. Uses standard Pilot ink cartridges (single cartridge supplied) or the included CON-50 ink converter for filling from bottled ink .
Pen measures: 140 mm long with nib retracted. 149 mm with nib extended. Barrel diameter (max) 11.9 mm. Weight: 34.0 grams.
Solid 18ct gold, rhodium plated with broad stub writing tip. Stamped 'PILOT - 18K 750 - (SU) - 615’. The nib has reasonable to good flex, and writes with loads of line variation.
No restoration required. Service involved complete dismantling of the pen followed by ultrasonic cleaning. Once dry, components were reassembled and most importantly lubricated, to areas of movement around the nib closure 'trap door'.
Pen barrel and cap are free from scratches, with no dents, or personalisation. Matte black enamel coating shows no sign of ware or chipping. The push button deploys and retracts nib assembly smoothly. Cap to barrel threads positive. We would classify this pen as being in very excellent condition.
Pen imported directly from Japan for the purpose of technical, aesthetic and price point evaluation between other retractable nib fountain pens. This is a well designed and stylish writing instrument.