Pilot Vanishing Point Overview

There are a lot of different Pilot Vanishing Point pens, and I thought it would help to talk about them all in a video. I broke it down into three parts:

  1. All The Pretty Colors– (0:53) showing the whole collection of VP pens that are available right now
  2. The Cases- (8:18) showing how the packaging is for each of the pens (there are 4 different ones)
  3. The Guts- (11:18) showing how to take the VP apart, what this nib is like, and how to operate the pen
LOTS of Vanishing Point colors are available regularly and in LE pens.

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

This is a blog best shown in video form, so I’ll let it do all the explaining for you. I am in the process of doing a short video specifically on filling and using the VP, so look for that soon.

Post in the comments if you have any questions!

2017-10-11T03:13:29+00:00 August 22nd, 2011|Pen Reviews|13 Comments
  • Timely, I just ordered one!  😉

  • kp288908

    another excellent video!  thank you!

  • Nice! They're really cool pens…even though they're compared to the Lamy Dialog 3 most often, there really is nothing else like it.

  • You're very welcome! This is one I've been meaning to do for a really long time.

  • The ugliest FP in known universe IMHO! 🙂 Because of this, Lamy Dialog 3 is much nicer pen. Great video Brian! Think Pilot VP Matte Black will save the line, hopefully…

  • Like this video and that pen!  Just a suggestion on the audio portion. It sounds like you are talking off center in my headphones.  There was a point where you asked Rachel about the operation game.  The audio moved to center and was perfect for that couple of seconds.  I am guessing you are on one side (left) of the camera and this makes the audio move to the left channel. Maybe there is a way to speak into the mic so it is no so off center?  Maybe? Or just turn off stereo audio if you have that setting on your camera. (I work with audio a lot, so don't mind my nit picking.) 😀

  • Wow, tell me how you really feel about it 😉 Hey, it's not for everyone, that's for sure. It is most certainly an unconventional fountain pen, but the functionality is quite unique. The D3 is pretty awesome, though I know others would would say it is the ugliest FP in the universe, haha!

  • I appreciate the suggestion…I know my audio is something I need to work on. I record, edit, and produce all of my videos myself, on top of writing the blog and running GPC, so it's just something I haven't been able to investigate too much yet. I basically have an external mike right at my mouth when I speak that's attached to the tripod that's holding up the camera, which is pointing down at my desk. I'm sitting in my chair, straddling the tripod in between my legs as I'm watching my viewfinder on my camera to make sure everything I show is in frame as I record, all while I'm working to hit all of the major topics I want to cover and speak clearly and intelligently while I record the video in a single take. It's kind of a demanding task!

    I do think that if I can find the audio setting on my camera and change it to mono instead of stereo, that would be ideal, then I wouldn't have one more thing to worry about as I'm filming. I do appreciate the audio tip, but as you can probably tell, it's a small miracle I'm able to do these videos at all with what I have going on! I'll see what I can do, but if it's anything that requires a lot of hoop-jumping, then it'll just stay as it is (though I'll try to talk more directly into the mike).   🙂

  • Karen

    Thanks, Brian.  I've had my VP for quite a few years, but still discovered a few tiny bits of information that cleared up some of my head scratching.  One question: I've found that it's been a hard starter often enough to be a nuisance.  Could that be because it's a F?  Any ideas on how to get it up and running other than shaking it (and risk splattering ink)?  Any other reasons for hard starting?

  • There are a few things that could be causing this. Let me ask you some questions: How long has it been since you wrote with it last when you notice the hard starting? What ink are you using? What is your pen maintenance schedule (how often do you clean/flush it)?

    One thing that may help get it going is to touch a paper towel to the nib..that can suck the ink out and get it flowing without risking splattering ink all over the place. You could tap the nib on the paper lightly, but this is a controversial method and is only recommended at your own discretion. If worst comes to worst, you can always unscrew the back off the pen and force the plunger down in the converter, forcing ink through the nib. This isn't the most effective method, but it's another way to go about it.

  • William McFarland

    I've had one of these for years and love it. I have both a medium and fine nib. The fine is like a nail and as much as I would like to write with it it just doesn't flow and I always end up going back to the medium. Also, I don't find that it holds as much ink as my other pens.

    All that aside, I love this pen, always get comments when I use it, use it every day (I keep it inked with Noodler's Black) and enjoy it.

  • Amanda

    oh that pink is killing me! i think i need one!

  • Orlando Masis

    What a marvelous video. I received my fist fountain pen in my teens, used it for years, tracked down ink pre-internet as a hobby. Then the pen sat for 20 years unused, but never mis-placed. Recently visited a local pen shop and the vanishing point was the first one the owner showed me. What a nice pen! If I hasn't already bought one, I would order one from you. For now, though, I'm going to order a ton of ink, then come back for more pens.