Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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. :)


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