Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

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Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib – When I think of “innovative” and unique pen design, I always think of the Pilot Vanishing Point. What makes it so interesting is the fact that it is an expanding fountain. While there are many others on the market today, Vanishing Point was the first to pioneer this technology 50 or more years ago (which is crazy).

I’ve reviewed several vanishing points here on the blog, the “standard” version as well as the nicer (and more expensive) Fermo, but today’s sample is a model called the Decimo. I was going to see Decimo

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

, and I finally got one because the folks at Penn Chalet were kind enough to send me one to review. We thank them very much!

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At first glance, you might not be able to tell Decimo apart from a typical Vanishing Point. Same general shape, same kick mechanism, same clip placement, same “watery” look (maybe it’s just me), same cutting ring placement… you get the idea.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

The difference is in overall size and ‘packaging’, as the Decimo is a slimmer model for more compact and less bulky writing. But the overall length of both models is almost the same.

For me personally, the standard Vanishing Point isn’t too big because my hands are quite large, but for someone with smaller hands and fingers, I can see it being huge. The Decimo fills that need well, I think, because it’s smaller.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

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That said, the difference isn’t that big in my opinion. To me, that’s like saying a 20 ounce soda is too big, but an 18 ounce is better. But I guess it all depends on perspective and how it fits in your hand, so for many people this will be a huge upgrade.

If you’re new to Vanishing Point pens, they work by pressing and clicking the tap mechanism, just like you would on a collapsible ball or gel pen, extending to a very small point at the bottom of a perfectly formed opening. Inside is a spring and a lever that opens a small door that allows the eyeball to come out intact. Seriously so cool!

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

Did I mention the nib is small…normally the nib would look funny on a pen, but since it has a sort of “hood” effect built into the barrel of the pen, it doesn’t. strange

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One of the advantages of having such small points is the overall cost savings. The Vanishing Point model comes standard with 18k gold points and, for the price, I think it’s pretty good value. Pilot and Platinum are two brands that seem to make good quality pens with affordable gold nibs.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

The nib itself is more of a “nib unit” as it is fitted with a proper metal housing that allows the inner workings of the pen. This is slightly different than most pens where the stock and feed are more independent functions that are not as important to the mechanics of the barrel.

The Decimo, standard Vanishing Point, and Fermo all use the same block unit, so they’re interchangeable if you have different point sizes between these pens.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

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For this model I chose a medium cut, which is a very good size for me personally. It gives a great line but not too wide and is comparable in size to the European fine points you get from llama or pelican. In my experience, the Vanishing Point pads have some flair (not “flexible” per finger) that makes writing relatively smooth. But, with a very small edge, you should not overdo it with pressure.

The pen comes with a newer CON-40 adapter as well as a Pilot/Namiki blue cartridge (chrome cap included). This time, instead of ink from the bottle, I decided to simply place the cartridge enjoying the blue Pilot ink.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

One of the common complaints some people have about Vanishing Point pens is the clip. Since the pen is retractable, this means there is no removable cover to fit the clip in the middle. For me, it’s not a problem because of how I hold the pen. The clip sits perfectly between my thumb and forefinger and doesn’t interfere with my comfort. If someone has more “unique” powers, that could be a problem.

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The only real downside I can see with the Decimo is the lack of color options. From time to time Pilot releases different versions of their models, but the current Decimo series only comes in about half a dozen colors and all are rhodium-plated. Compare this to the standard Vanishing Point, which can have 20+ variations (at least) with ruby, black or gold trim combinations. I agree with the standard matte black version and wish there were more options.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

I went with probably the most boring combination (feels boring) of gloss black and rhodium, but it suits my style and I love it.

Despite the color limitations, I think the Decimo is a good choice if one wants the comfort and “cool” factor of the Vanishing Point, but would be better off with a slimmer model. And, the retail price is $10 less … bonus. There is not much I can add about this pen – it has been reviewed thousands of times. It’s a regular pen for the second pen, or the first gold-tipped pen, or a fountain pen, or whatever. It is often recommended because it is a compact pen.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

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I joined this review – Pilot Custom 74 comes to mind, maybe Pelikan m200. Maybe some Faber-Castell pens here too. Probably cheaper Sailor. Maybe a few more people. But I haven’t, and outside of the Custom 74, this pen is recommended more often. I actually think the Aurora Ipsilon and Pilot e95 are solid pens as well, but they are not recommended and I want to cover them separately.

First of all, the vanishing point. It’s a great working pen and with a capless design, it’s quick to use for taking notes on the go. The pen body itself is more of a carrier that holds the pad unit that all Pilot capless pens share. They are filled via cartridges or pilot adapters. I have a Pilot CON-50 converter in mine because it’s pretty old, but Pilot’s new CON-40 is a dumpster fire – it holds a tiny amount of ink, wobbles because of the stupid agitators, and is basically impossible to fill completely. I would refill the pilot cartridge for more ink capacity and no pesky balls if that was my only option, but I like the CON-50.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

Another thing I can comment on: The pen community has long said, “Japanese pens are more sophisticated! Consider sizing up!” This advice may be somewhat true, but it is inconvenient. Mesh sizes are not standardized and vary between manufacturers. However, we have to tell people that the German pens – Lamy, Pelikan or JoWo nib are

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I know this tip will save me a lot of trouble. If you want, dear reader, and order Pilot or Platinum,

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

If you’re really on the fence, look for a store or seller or company that has a nose exchange policy. Your choice of ink and paper can also affect this.

These Japanese pads aren’t individually thin – they’re actually quite comparable to other companies’ pads. Mud, on the other hand, is generally thicker. Ink choice can affect this as well, but I still find it mostly true.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

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The Platinum 3776 is the most “fountain” pen of the bunch. Classic design, screw cap, beautiful 14K open button with heart shaped breathing hole. They are packed with platinum cartridge/transducer – which is my favorite system from the big three Japanese manufacturers. This pen, although small and light, is designed for writing and is very good.

However, they are persistent writers. Feedback, or teeth, is the tactile sense of sound for the ‘feel’ of hitting the paper – not scratching. A pen can be smooth writing and have teeth or have feedback. Some compare it to writing with a pencil. My rule of thumb is that if the feel decreases when typing with headphones, it’s feedback. Scratches are unpleasant and ruin the paper.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

I love teeth so I love the way the platinum pen writes. Some people hate it. Everyone should personally try to learn.

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The Lamy 2000 is my favorite of the three cap points, smooth registration, crap refill system and basically indestructible. They have been produced since the 1960s. They are classics. A locking lid makes it quick to lift

Pilot Vanishing Point Fine Nib

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