Have you ever purchased a fountain pen, love it when it was all new and shiny but once the new and shiny feeling has faded found the pen was just wasn’t for you? I don’t think that is a foreign feeling for most pen users. However, have you have changed your mind on something you decide was just wasn’t for you? I have. And that pen is the Pilot Vanishing Point.
I’ve reviewed the Pilot Vanishing Point way back in late 2014. I did enjoy the pen when I first got it. I enjoyed the quick deployment aspect of the Vanishing Point but found the clip way to pesky. However earlier this year (2016) I purchased a variety of covers (Roterfaden Taschenbegletier and Astrida Leather cover) for my Hobonichi. I wanted a pen to be attached with the notebook cover. There wasn’t a single pen I thought would fit this purpose better than the Pilot Vanishing Point. I agonised over the decision for a few months knowing how I felt about the Pilot Vanishing Point. What pushed me over the edge was trying the pen out during our local monthly pen meets and a friend offering to buy one from Japan for me. I placed my order for a silver body Pilot Vanishing Point with a stainless steel F nib.
This time the nib worked way better for me. The stiffer and finer nib choice worked in my favour. I had ordered a 18K M nib the last time that was the mistake. M was too board for my lefty writing add the softer 18K nib to the mix I was having trouble with smudge free handwriting. If I had the knowledge that I have now, I would have paired the pen with a dry ink. Alas, my first Vanishing Point and I parted ways. In my previous review, I wrote about the pesky clip that hinder my grip. The clip is still a pain in the ass but the pen has a purpose now. It lives with my notebooks. It doesn’t get used for anything but short quick notes in my notebooks. With a defined job for the pen, I found I tolerated the clip better.
I went from not liking the Pilot Vanishing Point to having two in my pen collection. Is that a change of mind or what? I must say the Pilot Vanishing Point has become one of my go to pens at work. A true workhorse fountain pen. Do you have any pens that you don’t like but went crawling back to them anyway? Let me know in the comments!