1964 Capless "Vanishing Point" Fountain Pen, Matte Black
"The Capless Fountain Pen -- Pilot's gift to Modern Living", the ad from 1964, still holds true. Many companies have tried, but only one pen has ever been made successfully with a retractable nib on the push of a click button.
Not surprisingly, the Capless, or Vanishing Point in the US, has one of the most complex click-system mechanisms, the knock-shiki (see illustrated Japanese patent from 1964) which encloses the nib on retraction as to avoid leaks and drying.
Classic design, fundamentally unchanged since the 60s, amazing gadgetry and also stand out nib performance make this pen, possibly the best writing utensil we have come across and we can't recommend it strongly enough.
The nib, made in-house by Pilot, is 18k gold, again a gauge of quality where fountain pens are concerned. Softer than steel, like a well worn ring, the gold nib will ease into the the shape of your handwriting. No scratchiness guaranteed, just pure smoothness. We have decided to stock this pen in a fine nib on the basis of nib feel and balance. Other sizes can be requested by emailing us.
Takes Pilot cartridges which can be found here; or can be used with a converter cartridge and used with bottled fountain pen ink.
Sold in a presentation box
18k gold fine nib, rhodium plated for stealth black colour
Length, 14cm retracted, 12mm diameter body