2009-03-04 21:47:01

Fountain pen: Pilot Vanishing Point 2008 Limited Edition

While I was in Hong Kong last October, I picked up a Pilot Vanishing Point Capless 2008 Limited Edition fountain pen from Feng Yuan Pens in Star House, Kowloon.

Namiki Vanishing Point Capless 2008 LE (purple)

Right now I've got it loaded up with Diamine Violet, which is a pretty close match to the color of the pen barrel. This will probably be my last VP purchase for a while, since I now have 3 of them. The next step is to order some customized nibs from Richard Binder.

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2009-02-13 23:52:13

My "holy grail" pen

This pen is absolutely gorgeous. Silver guilloche overlay in a flame pattern with a red celluloid section and silver trim. I wish it wasn't a limited edition, so it was easier to actually find them. The pen was actually issued in 1999 for Aurora's 80th Anniversary. I'm hoping that their 90th will be as equally sexy.

Aurora 80th Anniversary Limited Edition

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2009-01-18 15:02:12

Visconti Van Gogh Maxi in Cappuccino

Here's a little pen I picked up some time ago ... the Visconti Van Gogh Maxi, in Cappuccino colors with Gold trim.

The pen is really an exceptional writer, and I'm evaluating whether or not I would prefer a medium or a fine nib. It currently has a medium, which is a tad thicker than I normally prefer, but the trade off is that the nib is fantastically smooth and has a huge sweet spot, in comparison to the Asian fine nibs I've been using lately.

Visconti Van Gogh in Cappuccino

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2008-02-17 20:36:35

Fountain pen: Pilot Vanishing Point in Chrome

Here's the first VP that I purchased a while back. I had problems for a while with the clip interfering with my grip, but now I don't even notice it.

I like the VPs quite a bit since it doesn't have a threaded cap like the rest of my pen collection. By having the nib retract and expose by the button on the end of the pen, you don't have to keep taking off and replacing the cap as you take quick notes. Invaluable for long meetings!


Namiki Vanishing Point Capless in Chrome

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2008-02-17 20:36:35

Fountain pen: Marlen (dot)com in Autumn

Here's a nice little external piston filling Italian celluloid pen with a Fine steel nib. It's an incredibly smooth writer, and lays down a fairly wet line for a Western Fine nib. Overall, it's one of my favorites, so I use it as a daily writer.


Marlen (dot)com, Autumn
Marlen (dot)com, Autumn

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2008-02-17 18:39:54

Fountain pen: Delta Tuareg

Here's a fountain pen that I purchased a while ago: The Delta Tuareg. It's a gorgeous piece of Itallian celluloid, with .925 silver accents. The nib is a broad, and it certainly lays down a thick, wet line. Despite having a substantial ink capacity, a full load of ink lasts for maybe 6 pages or so, due to the incredibly wet line.

My only real complaint about the pen is it occasionally false starts. This can probably be easily fixed by a nibmeister, so I'll hit up one of the pen shows in the East this year to get it adjusted.


Delta Tuareg, 1k Silver Limited Edition

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2008-02-17 18:06:11

Fountain pen: Pilot Vanishing Point in Red

For Valentines day, my lovely wife gave me a fountain pen! Specifically, a Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point (aka Capless), in red. As she said "It's easy shopping for people with an obsession."


Namiki Vanishing Point Capless in Red

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2008-01-04 22:30:27

Japanese: Fountain pen nibs

Kana/Kanji Romanji English
ペン先 pen saki Nib
超極細 Super Extra Fine
極細 Extra Fine
細字 Fine
細軟 Fine Flexible
中字 Medium
中軟 Medium Flexible
太字 Broad
極太 Extra Broad
ミュージック miyuujikku Music
斜位 shai Oblique
斜方 shahou Oblique
傾斜 keisha Oblique
オブリイク oburiiku Oblique
スタブ sunubu Snub
イタリック itarikku Italic
切り割り kiriwari Slit
スリット suritto Slit
ハート穴 haato ana Breather Hole
ペンポイント pen pointo Tipping Material
ペン芯 pen shin Feed

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2008-01-04 22:30:27

Japanese: Pen manufacturers

Kana/Kanji Romanji English
セーラー (万年筆) seeraa Sailor (Co. Ltd)
プラチナ purachina Platinum
パイロット pairotto Pilot
ナミキ namiki Namiki

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James Conner