Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Filling a Pilot Vanishing Point

This has been one of the most requested videos for me to do, so....here it is! Filling a Pilot Vanishing Point isn't hard once you understand how the pen works. It's quite different than most other fountain pens, so it does take a bit of studying and practice. Once you get the hang of it though, it's as simple as any other fountain pen.

If you'd like to see an overview of the Vanishing Point collection, check out my other blog post, here.
If you'd like to see how the Vanishing Point compares to the Lamy Dialog 3, check out my other post, here.

Pilot Vanishing Point in Raden finish, retractable nib fountain pen.

The Vanishing Point in my larger-than-average hand.

The Vanishing Point nib unit removed from the pen body.

Exploded view of all of the 'guts' of the Vanishing Point.

Very skinny 18k gold nib, but writes surprisingly smooth and springy.

LOTS of choices of colors for these pens, and limited editions come out all the time.

Vanishing Point nib size comparison, done on 80g Rhodia dotpad paper.

Hopefully this helps clear some things up for you. Let me know what you think!


  1. Great! :) Think you should make video about very, I mean very problematic CON-50. From this video, one can not see ink in the CON-50. Some say that it is a surface tension problem...

  2. Exactly what problem are you talking about?

  3. The problem is well addressed on FPN. It seems that air bubble is preventing the ink from running freely to feed, e.g. I must shake my Falcon with CON-50 for air bubble to go up in the converter.

  4. Ah okay, I understand. I haven't had that as an issue for my Falcon or VP yet, but I can definitely see how that would happen. I don't have any advice for you on that, except to consider refilling the cartridge as an alternative to using the converter. I don't know if that's really saving much hassle though! Here's how I do it: http://www.inknouveau.com/2011/04/how-to-use-ink-syringes.html

  5. Some says that ball from Platinum converter would help in breaking the air bubble in CON-50, but I didn't try it yet. Maybe I will, but must order it first... :)

  6. good stuff.  thanks!

  7. I hadn't thought of that, I'll have to experiment with it! Thanks for the suggestion.


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