Friday, October 9, 2009
This is another pen that has had a lot of reviews, again please see the reviews at the Fountain Pen Network. Click on N, go to Pilot and Vanishing Point/Capless.
I have two of these pens. The first is an older model, Namiki name, green faceted VP which I purchased about 15 years ago. The second, is a Pilot Black Carbonesque, modern VP which I have had for about 8 years.
Namiki Manufacturing Company was the original name of the Pilot Pen Company, who continued to use the Namiki name for their premium line of writing instruments.
Many people do not like the clip placement on these pens, it interferes with how they hold it. I have never found this to be an issue, but it should be taken into consideration if you are considering buy a VP. I do find that the clip placement is much less noticeable on the older VP since the clip flows into the nib area much more smoothly than the new Carbonesque model.
These pens write smooth, both nibs are M although one of these came with two nib units. I later traded my F nib unit for a Binderized LF oblique, which I was unable to use and later sold.
If I have any complaint about these pens, it is the converter. I have tried and tried to use the converters for these pens and finally gave up. The converters refuse to fill or if they do fill they only fill about 1/2 way and they hold very little ink even when full. I have also found that they leak. Now if I had this experience with only one of these pens I would say that it was operator error, but this happens with both nib units and converters, so I have reverted to cartridges for these pens which I will use and then refill with ink and reuse.
Posted by Julie B at 6:40 AM