Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Pilot Vanishing Point 2014 Limited Edition Copper
Every year Pilot releases a numbered Limited Edition Pilot Vanishing Point, and this year it is the color Copper. This video shows a quick look at the pen and what makes it unique.
As Pilot releases their annual VP LE, they engrave a number on each pen, out of a total of whatever that year is. So this year there will be 2014 pens made worldwide, last year there were 2013, you get it. There's a sticker on the outer sleeve of the box that matches that engraving on the pen. These are sent randomly to retailers, so special requests for numbers are nearly impossible to fulfill.
The Copper LE is $192 at GouletPens.com ($240 list). Pilot is only shipping the pens with medium rhodium-plated 14k gold nibs, though you can swap it out with another Vanishing Point nib unit if you have one. These pens write like a dream, especially the medium nibs which run just a little smaller than most other brands' medium nibs.
The box is special with the Copper LE, as well. Normally Pilot does a leatherette box with a belt buckle kind of clasp on it, but they've changed up the box this year. It is white and copper to match the pen, and really looks like a small jewelry box, especially with a slide-out-drawer that holds the cartridge and instruction booklet.
One question I've been asked a surprising amount of times is whether the pen will tarnish or patina, like copper is known to do. The answer I'd have to say is no, in fact I highly doubt there's any actual copper in the pen at all. I believe it's just a copper colored lacquer that covers the pen body.
What do you think of this year's Vanishing Point LE?