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Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen

Price: $148.00
List Price:$185.
Item: AP9250
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Reverse-design Pilot fountain pen prevents ink from leaking
Thinking outside the box and turning it upside-down, the point of our Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen is placed on the same end as the clip — so when it's fastened inside a pocket, the ink simply has no chance of leaking, because it's facing upward.
  • Push-top mechanism to retract — revolutionary for a fountain pen
  • Includes a cartridge and converter
  • 5 9/16L x 1/2 diameter; 1.09 oz
  • We offer Pilot ink refills
  • We also recommend Levenger bottled ink
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Pens:  Shipping is just $6 for any number of pens or pen stations
Ink Refills:  Cartridges and other refills ship free  (bottled ink is $4)

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Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen
 
4.9

(based on 33 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Reviewed by 33 customers

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5.0

Most convenient fountain pen ever!

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from Saint Charles, Illinois

Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

I have always used my vanishing point pens for everything. They're a quick click, and the nib appears in the nick of time when a pen is required.

Even though I am retired, I find that I am writing more. I write children's stories and science fiction stories. I always have notebooks to write in, because I love the feel of writing on high quality paper. The paper comes from Levenger, and most often the pen is a Namiki Vanishing Point Pen which appears when the thoughts do, leaping into action from my shirt pocket. Or the NVP (Namiki Vanishing Point) pen comes out of a pouch of two or three or six. I have seven of these wonderful pens, and grab which ever one my mood demands.

I am a long time fan of cursive writing with the fountain pen. The NVP pen is the handiest example of that instrument type that I have found.

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  • 65 - 74
  • Gender:
  • Male
  • Occupation:
  • Retired
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  • Everyday Work
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4.0

Best fountain pen for quick notes

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from New York

Site Member

Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

One of the few fountain pens that you can use with just one hand, it's perfect for the office when you're only jotting down quick notes and not writing for long sessions. The retracting mechanism works very well, requiring a nice solid push to pop out the nib. Medium nib writes very smoothly and with a slight springy bounce to it. The converter (CON-50) doesn't hold the most ink but considering this pen probably won't be used for extended periods of times that's not a big deal. The only issue people may have is the placement of the clip. For short writing sessions it's not a big deal but can become a bit of an annoyance when using the pen for a very long period of time.

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  • 25 - 34
  • Gender:
  • Male
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  • Architecture, Engineering, Science
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  • Everyday Work
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5.0

Nikimi Bliss

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from New York, NY

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Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

I have owned this pen for more than 5 years. It is crafted with precision and requires far less maintenance than any fountain pen I have ever owned. Because the point retracts, it is very difficult to damage the delicate nib.

The pen has suffered a few inadvertent drops, and remarkably it has landed on areas other than the nib, likely due to the fine weight distribution.

This fine writing instrument is simply remarkable.
It is an investment in your image, as often the pen doth proclaim the man.

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  • 55 - 64
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  • Male
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  • Executive/Management
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  • Everyday Work
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5.0

ABCD

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from Coral Springs, Florida

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Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.
his review is more about Levenger's than a particular product. My retractable pen malfunctioned from heavy use, I had bought it several years ago from Levenger's. I asked Levenger to repair it and instead I got a brand new Namilki to use for years to come. Thank you, glad to have my favorite pen back.

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  • 65 - 74
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  • Female
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  • Retired
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  • Everyday Home
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5.0

Quick with a Click

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from Alamo, CA

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Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

This fountain pen's ever so grand
It fits like a glove in you hand
With a click you'll be writing, expressing, enlightening
With a flair that you'll never find bland.

This pen has a beautiful line
In a modern yet timeless design
You'll find inspiration from its mechanisxal innovation
And finish that's close to sublime

I hate to come off like a drip
But you might curse the placement of the clip
In the way of your fingers, frustration it lingers
As some find it screws up their grip

The nib is so smooth and yet bold
It is plain, yet a joy to behold
It's not very flexy, yet still very sexy
Like a little black dress made of gold.

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  • 35 - 44
  • Gender:
  • Male
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  • Education
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5.0

A Poem for Clean Fingers

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from England

Site Member

Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

We know that Calligraphy
Is the art of writing
Beautifully.

As you will see,
Fingers will remain ink free
When you select the Namiki.

  • Age:
  • 75+
  • Gender:
  • Female
  • Occupation:
  • Artist / Writer / Designer
  • Uses this product For:
  • Everyday Work
 
5.0

was gifted one long ago, and it has served me well.hope...

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from salem,or

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Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

was gifted one long ago, and it has served me well.hope to buy another one some day.love your catalog .

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  • 55 - 64
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  • Male
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  • Retired
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  • Other
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4.0

Such a great idea... needs work

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from St. Augustine, FL

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Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

I'll admit- the idea of a RETRACTABLE fountain pen is pretty incredible. I loved the idea of being able to just "click" and have the nib ready to write.

I've used several fountain pens over the past several years, and I high hopes for this pen. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy using this pen at all. In fact, I returned it to Levenger for a full refund about two weeks after purchasing and using it. Levenger, to their credit, has the best customer care that I've ever encountered... there were no questions asked, return shipping label e-mailed to me on the spot, etc., etc., etc.

Here's my thoughts about the Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen. I have two issues with this pen... the clip and the nib.

THE CLIP- as you can see from the photos above, the clip is located on the end of the pen closest to the nib. This seems like a good idea because when the pen is clipped into a shirt or jacket pocket, it will be upright and the ink will be tipped away from the nib. The problem is apparent when you begin to write; the clip turns into a clumsy piece of metal that you need to contend with in order to get a good grip on the pen. I see in other reviews that several people really like it there- not me! I want a nice, solid barrel to hold without needing to fiddle around with where the metal clip should fit in my hand without becoming a nuisance.

THE NIB- Oy ve. Wet, thick, and far to flexible for my taste. For a medium nib, this seems very broad. I felt like as I was using this pen, there was too much "spring" in the nib touching the paper. This (coupled with not being able to get a good grip on the pen because of the clip) made my handwriting look sloppy, which is definitely not the norm. I also noticed that this pen needed to be at a very specific angle in order for the ink to flow freely. If it wasn't at precisely the right angle, it was scratchy and not much ink was released. I prefer a pen that is a bit more forgiving.

Aside from my comments above, here's a few good points about this pen:
- Beautiful finish
- The "click" is not too tense or loose
- When the pen retracts it is covered by a small piece of metal inside the pen that gives extra reassurance that it will not leak
- Good weight, balanced

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  • 35 - 44
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  • Male
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  • Education
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5.0

Best fountain pen used

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from VA

Site Member

Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

Overall, this is the best pen I've had. No leaks and ruined shirts. Smooth writing M nib. Excellent consistency. Levenger ink works fine in it. Highly recommend.

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  • 45 - 54
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  • Male
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  • Government/Military
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5.0

Love it!

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from Chicago

Site Member

Comments about Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen:

I haven't used a fountain pen since in high school in the 70's. I had bought the Namki/Pilot awhile ago and forgot about it during a move. I found the box before Christmastime and thrilled to be able to write notes with the fluidity fountain pens provide and such beautiful script. So easy to use and store and transport, no leaking or drying or skipping. What a wonderful rediscovery of writing fun! Wish it came in fine too. Your products never fail. Thanks much!

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  • 45 - 54
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  • Female
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  • Business and Financial Operations
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  • Everyday Home
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