Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: Pilot Vanishing Point Valley Green Fountain Pen @PilotPenUSA

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ABOUT

Body Material: Metal
Trim: Ruthenium-plated
Length (retracted): 140.7 mm/5.53"
Length (extended): 137.6 mm/5.41"
Barrel Diameter: 12.6 mm/0.49"
Section Diameter: 11.2 mm0.44"
Nib material: 14KT
Weight (all): 30 g
Fill type: Cartridge/converter
Price: $140.00USD
Where to buy: Pen Chalet

APPEARANCE
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This is a very pretty take on the usual Vanishing Points. The back of the pen is a matte black knock and the front end is tapered towards the nib opening, also in matte black. The clip is attached externally, is straight and thin, and sits on top the pen. The center band is higher than the middle and indicates the joining of the front and back of the pen where the barrel separates. The center is two rounded black bands on each side. The barrel is a beautiful, glittery metallic green. The black and green color scheme is really pretty!
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NIB & PERFORMANCE
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The nib is a ruthenium-plated fine. It has a single slit and breather hole, and it's really small. The fine is toothy and not particularly smooth, but it writes consistently and reliably. It's not scratchy though! It isn't a wet writer, but then, it is a Japanese fine! The flow is good and supplies the nib well enough. It's a good flow level for fast notes and on-the-go note taking.
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IN HAND

The clip, ignoring its placement for now, is springy enough to use comfortably. There is little section to write about, as a result of the clip, but gripping this pen could be a deal breaker if the clip gets in your way. It's a strange thing to hold.
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The pen is a comfortable weight and balance for me, but again, the shape of the section is the deal breaker. It works out okay for me, but isn't my favorite for long writing sessions.
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PROS & CONS
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OVERALL

The pen has a great idea, and I've reviewed the raden Vanishing Point before, so this is just different because of the finish. My feelings on the pen haven't changed - I think they're pretty and they are certainly convenient, but the clip placement can really affect ones grip. If you can try one before you buy it, great.
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I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. No affiliate links in this review. 

5 comments:

Alain said...

Interesting... do you know why your model doesn't have the 18k gold nib? I have a Capless (which should be the exact same as the VP) and I would definitely not classify my medium as a Japanese medium, it's quite a full medium. That's the 18k nib though. I use this pen purely for taking notes and it does that beautifully. I wouldn't use this pen to write letters with though. I don't feel it's made for that. The clip (which doesn't bother me) and the small ink capacity seem like worthwhile trade-offs if you use this as a note-taking pen. One other thing that this pen provides is single handed use. For pens like the Dialog 3, you still need two hands to twist the pen to reveal the nib. It's not an alternative in my eyes. Thanks for the review :)

Alain said...

This was my comment. It seemed to post it through the wrong account but deleting it just deleted my name. Oh well.

mjcong said...

hrms.. is this and the raden the only 2 you have? AND.. what ink is that? love the dark green.. weird since i dont really like green much

Azizah Asgarali said...

This one goes up for a giveaway soon... and I just sold my raden o.o
The ink is Sailor Jentle Epinard - it may be discontinued now, not entirely sure... but it's a good green, not horrendously green! lol

mjcong said...

meh just give it to meeeeee :P LOL!

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