Black Pilot Vanishing Point Nibs

Pilot has released black-plated nibs for the Vanishing Point, Fermo, and Decimo (though, unfortunately, the Decimo is not distributed in US). These nibs are identical to the yellow gold and rhodium-plated nibs, made of 18k gold and plated with an undisclosed black metal material. Available in EF, F, M, and B sizes, these nibs will perform the same as the other VP nibs but give you a sleek, dark look to your VP. I show off the nib in several different VP’s in this video.

The black color does look somewhat similar to the rhodium at first glance, but trust me, in person the difference is more striking. Here are the three VP nib color options:

Vanishing Point colors that I think look best with black nibs:

Pens that fit these nibs:

The black Vanishing Point nibs cost the same as the gold and rhodium nibs, $75.70 MSRP ($61 at Gouletpens.com, my store). What’s great about these nibs is they are easily swappable between the pens mentioned above, so you can keep a variety of nib size and colors handy and change up your pens with ease.

What do you think of the new black nibs?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T13:49:48+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Pen Reviews|13 Comments
  • sygyzy

    Love the Vanishing Point pens. I have a Pilot Decimo (surprised you didn’t mention it), but I am thinking a matte black VP would be pretty sexy!

    • I did mention the Decimo, in the text and in the video. But it’s not a pen distributed in the US, so it’s not something I handle a lot. And yeah, the matte black VP jut cried out for this nib 😉

  • sygyzy

    Love the Vanishing Point pens. I have a Pilot Decimo (surprised you didn't mention it), but I am thinking a matte black VP would be pretty sexy!

  • Henry

    Your video (towards the end) suggests that there is a Gold Extra Fine VP nib. I don’t recall ever seeing such a nib. Maybe it came with a limited edition VP?

    Also, what make a pen a limited edition pen? Can we choose the serial number of the pen from you? Who gets pen #0001?

    Finally, what should a person do with their old inks? How do we properly dispose of our old inks?

    • You are correct, sorry I could have worded that better. The yellow gold is only available in F, M, B, but the rhodium is available also in EF, just like the black nib is.

      Each year they do a limited edition pen that’s in a special case, is a material or color that they’ve never used before, and is only made in a certain quantity. They do put the serial number on the pen. There isn’t a way to choose a specific number, at least that I’m aware. When we’ve gotten them before, we just get a random assortment of numbers on the pens, and they’re usually made in the thousands worldwide so trying to get a specific number is nearly impossible.

      Old ink? Well, you can keep it, it can last for decades unless it’s contaminated or has somehow gone bad (mold, sludge, etc). If you do dispose of it, just make sure you dump it with your liquid waste in the toilet, so it gets treated at the treatment plant.

  • Mary C

    I’ve sometimes had issues with the black Lamy nibs (way too dry), but never with the plain steel ones, so I’m guessing that the black coating may affect the “slit.” (You’ve been great about making it right.) I’m thinking about a black VP nib unit for my Matte Black VP, but wonder if it can be QC’ed to make sure all is well prior to shipment.

    • I would have to talk to my team and see if there’s a higher number of dry black Lamy nibs over steel ones, it could just be a coincidence for you. I can say off-hand it’s not something that immediately makes me think “oh yeah, that’s definitely common”. But the Lamy nib finish is different than what’s on the VP nibs. The Lamy nibs have some kind of coating, a lacquer I’d assume. The VP will be a plating, which is far thinner, and won’t affect the flow any more than the rhodium plating would on the VP nibs. So I really don’t expect any issues. It is something I’ll be looking out for, though.

      • Mary C

        Thanks for the info, Brian! Now to pick the nib size. Hmmmmm.

  • Mary C

    I've sometimes had issues with the black Lamy nibs (way too dry), but never with the plain steel ones, so I'm guessing that the black coating may affect the "slit." (You've been great about making it right.) I'm thinking about a black VP nib unit for my Matte Black VP, but wonder if it can be QC'ed to make sure all is well prior to shipment.

  • yipe

    This sums up my thoughts pretty well I think http://i.imgur.com/ZHhasUZ.png

  • yipe

    This sums up my thoughts pretty well I think http://i.imgur.com/ZHhasUZ.png

  • John Fout

    I have a black matte with a black fine sitting at my desk that showed up yesterday. It is a great writer. It is drier than a Pelikan 140 XF but those are really wet.

    The pen already performed wonderfully in my kitchen on a busy night and I can see more VP’s in my future. 🙂

  • John Fout

    I have a black matte with a black fine sitting at my desk that showed up yesterday. It is a great writer. It is drier than a Pelikan 140 XF but those are really wet.

    The pen already performed wonderfully in my kitchen on a busy night and I can see more VP's in my future. 🙂