I noticed that some people are coming to my blog to see writing samples from my Pilot Vanishing Points. In order to give the people what they want, I did up a quick sample of a few of my VPs. I don’t have the medium nib sample on the page because I didn’t have the M nib VP with me today. But I do have a .7 Binderized cursive italic, a .9 Binderized cursive italic and a 18K fine nib from Japan.
Just so you know, the Conway Stewart Turquoise would not skew green in any scanner so I took a picture which is closer to the color of the ink. This has nothing to do with the writing samples but since there is no ink review on FPN for this ink, I thought that I’d mention it. Also, the paper is Rhodia lined #18 pad. Might be #19. I can never remember which is which.
I bought a used Vanishing Point off of FPN (Fountain Pen Network) and had it customized with a .9 Binder Cursive Italic. Later, it went missing and I mourned it. So, I bought a .7 Binder cursive nib and Slate Grey pen body to replace the missing pen which may still turn up somewhere. I inked that pen with Pelikan Edelstein Jade. I’m thinking now that I like this Jade but not the .7 cursive italic nib. To me, it seems like the .7 misses the point of contrast in strokes entirely. Maybe I would have been happy had I bought the .7 first but I didn’t. I bought a .9 first and LURVED IT!! The .7 is just not doing it for me and I’ve had it here just a few hours. The Binderized VP nibs are $91 which may not be much for some but I’m a college librarian with two kids. It’s tons for me. So I’m gonna have to live with this one.
I do like the slate grey body. Seems to be one of those colors that won’t attract attention in a meeting. That is exactly what I was hoping for, I have a decimo in champagne pink which is also a subtle color in a meeting. A few people at work know I’m into fountain pens. One, even takes my leftover samples from the Inkdrop to use in his fountain pens. He found out I was into fountain pens and resurrected his old fountain pens. I now have a fellow convert in the Tallahassee area.
I haven’t had this pen very long. It just came in from Japan but I like this pen very much so far. Or should I say, I like this nib. The entire pen is still out for discussion. I got this pen from Engeika on Ebay. I like Fine and Extra Fine nibs and this nib is exceptional. It is both thin and smooth which is pretty much what I’m looking for. I think that for a budget pen this is a great nib. It skips much less than my extra fine Safari’s. Admittedly, I don’t have a lot of pens and I’ve had this pen for (literally) hours.
In terms of looks, the pen was described on Ebay as a demonstrator. It is not a demonstrator. The only clear portion is the cap. I have filled it with Iroshizuku Tsutsuji which came with the pen. The ink is the same color as the pen which is a fun little twist.
I don’t have a lot of cheap paper so I can’t tell you a lot about how it performs on terrible paper. I can say that it seems very, very thin on a Moleskine. I’m not a fan of this paper/pen/ink combo. On my Paperchase journal, the experience is much more pleasant. I am a lefty and had no problems whatsoever with the ink not being dry. However, this is a very fine nib and fountain pen friendly paper. I’m not sure the exact size of the nib since the auction didn’t specify and I don’t read Japanese however, it is finer than any of my other Extra Fines. It is my first Japanese pen so it could be a Japanese Fine. Dunno.
I’m a fountain pen newbie so I don’t know what this filling system is called but I really like it. You squeeze a section on the cartridge and it fills. Easy Peasy!
The one drawback that I have noticed so far is that the pen is very short and oddly balanced unposted. Posted, it is still an oddly balanced pen. I don’t know how I would like it for long writing sessions. For writing in a journal or writing notes, it is perfectly acceptable.