Vanishing point pens: Guide to the Pilot Vanishing Point Capless Fountain Pen – Goldspot Pens

Guide to the Pilot Vanishing Point Capless Fountain Pen – Goldspot Pens

Now you see it, now you don’t.

The Pilot Vanishing Point, also called the Capless, is the world’s best-known retractable fountain pen. The nib appears and disappears with the simple click of the button on the back-end of the pen. There’s no caps to be had here, just the convenience of a one-handed operation, mimicking the retraction mechanism of a ballpoint pen.

If you can’t beat them, join them.

Ballpoint pens became a commercial success back in the 1950’s, marking the end of the golden age of fountain pens. People embraced the convenience of the Biro, the Parker Jotter and others over the self-filling fountain pens that had been the way of life for decades previous.

The Pilot Vanishing Point answered the call to provide an affordable, convenient writing instrument that would still have the ink flow and writing experience of a liquid ink fountain pen while taking the convenient functionality of it’s retractable competitor.


The Capless was born in 1965 and has since evolved into the modern day Vanishing Point with many body & trim variations, nib options and limited editions.

The part that makes this pen so unique is the complex mechanism behind the effortless click-action. Pressing the push button on the back-end of the pen opens a spring-loaded door at the business end of the pen, revealing the tip of a 18kt gold nib that patiently awaits to perform. Below is a cross section diagram of the Vanishing Point’s mechanism, showing how the magic happens.

Clicking the push button again retracts the nib back into the body of the pen, closing the door to the front-end and stowing the nib away for writing at a later time. The door closes with an air tight seal so that the nib’s ink supply does not dry out.

For some writers, holding a Vanishing Point can take some getting used to. The pen’s clip is positioned to start at the tip area where fingers would grip the pen. The design of the pen anticipates that your fingers would hold the pen on either side of the clip, but if that is not your writing grip style, then you may be fighting with the VP’s protruding clip.

Although the clip is essential to providing the additional convenience feature of this pocket-friendly pen, it is possible to remove the clip through some tinkering.

Filling a Pilot Vanishing Point with ink is a unique experience, as the nib and converter unit must be completely removed from the body of the pen to be filled. If you would choose a cartridge, you can easily plug in a new cartridge and replace the metal cartridge cap (one cartridge & cartridge cap would come with your VP fountain pen to start).

To fill using bottled ink, the converter should be firmly fitted into the nib unit to make sure the connection is secure. Like with any other cartridge converter, screw the turning knob clockwise to move the inner piston, forcing air out of the pen’s feed mechanism. Submerge the entire gold nib into a bottle of ink and screw anti / counter clockwise to draw up the ink.

You may have to repeat this process a few times to completely rid the pen of air and draw up as much ink as possible. Once you are finished filling most of the converter, wipe off any excess ink on the nib unit and insert back into the body of the Vanishing Point.

There is a notch on the barrel of the VP’s body that aligns with the nib unit to make sure you are installing the unit in the proper orientation. It won’t allow you to put it in any other way. One thing to make a note of is to make sure the pen’s push-top clicker is set in the “retracted / closed” position before putting the body back together.

The Pilot Vanishing Point’s nib is made from 18kt gold, offering a smooth and responsive writing experience. Since it is a Japanese style nib, the sizes run a step smaller than their European counterparts. For example, if your preferred nib size is the fine point on your Pelikan, you should aim for using a medium in a Pilot. This follows a similar pattern to when we were discussing the Sailor 1911 collection.

If you prefer a “wetter” writer, opt for the broad or the 1.1mm stub nib. Reading reviews and customer comments indicate that the fine and extra-fine nib sizes tend to be on the drier side to allow for the finer line. Also, the stub nib provides a flair of line variation to your everyday writing.

To pace with current design & color trends, Pilot continues to introduce new colors and designs of the Pilot Vanishing Point. The everyday, classic designs like black & gold are for the formal taste while the more modern metallics with black trims & nib are preferred by younger writers. With new styles appearing in the collection each year (the most recent being the “stormtrooper” white with black trims), there will be a VP for every color preference.

The Decimo is a slimmer version of the Vanishing Point that contains the same mechanism and nib with a narrower body design. The colors of the current Pilot Decimo line are skewed towards feminine tastes, but they could certainly be for anyone who enjoys a thinner version of a Vanishing Point. The Decimo still uses the same 18kt gold replaceable nib unit outfitted in the standard Vanishing Point.

In 2020, Pilot introduced the luxury-level, upgraded Pilot Vanishing Point LS. The LS’ writing experience centers around the tried-and-true 18kt gold nib that writes smoothly and reliably. The nib is accessible by either clicking the top button or twisting the section below the button to the right. The action is seamless and impressive, even if you already own a Vanishing Point fountain pen. Pilot accentuated the luxury of this design by adding a stylized middle ring, a slimmer clip, and tapered front end.

Speaking of different designs, Pilot introduces yearly limited editions that have become a hit with collectors. Each year’s special Vanishing Point is limited and numbered with the corresponding year – 2,021 pieces for the year 2021, for example. If you’re thinking 2,000 pens is enough for Pilot’s worldwide following, think again. Depending on the particular style of the finish, these pens usually don’t last long in the market before pen enthusiasts snatch them up.

Above, you’ll see the 2020 limited edition called “Black Links” this black lacquered metal fountain pen has an intricate guilloche pattern engraved into the body. Black matte trims and a black, ion-plated 18kt gold nib complete the stealthy appeal of this blacked-out design. What will be this year’s design? Comment below and let us know what color/design you would like to see in a Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen.

Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Fountain Pens

The Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen has a unique retractable nib instead of a cap. With the click of a button the nib extends or retracts inside the body of the pen.

Each Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen comes with an 18k gold nib in either gold, rhodium-plated or ruthenium-plated to match the color of the trim.

Buy the Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Fountain Pens for less. Pen Chalet is an authorized Pilot dealer and all of our products including the Vanishing Point Collection by Pilot are guaranteed to be new and authentic.

Product Specifications
Capped Length: 5.5 in.(139.7mm)
Diameter of Body: 0.5 in.(12.7mm)
Weight: 0.9 oz.(25.51g)

Body Material: Metal
Section Material: Metal
Nib Material: Gold

Fill Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Cartridge Type: Proprietary

Demonstrator: No
Clip Style: Spring Metal

Available Sizes & Colors

The Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Fountain Pens usually ships within 1-3 business day unless otherwise specified or marked as special order.

* Special orders typically ship in 7-14 business days.

However, occasionally due to manufacturer inventory, items can take up to 1-3 months. For a specific shipping estimate on your special order contact Customer Care.

Guaranteed Quality
Each Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Fountain Pens we sell is guaranteed to be genuine, authentic and will arrive brand new & unused!

Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Video Script

This is the Pilot Vanishing Point Collection Fountain Pen. We’ve got it shown here in the box which it comes in. It’s a blue leather box which most of the Pilot pens come in. It’s got a hinge on the back so you can tilt that open to display or show the pen if you like to. The particular model we’ve have here is the yellow color and it comes in a wide selection of colors. It comes in red, blue, and black. Each of them come with either the gold or silver accent trim. This is the chrome trim here with the gold.

This is a unique pen and the thing that makes it really unique is the way the nib retracts into the pen and hides the nib. With most fountain pens you’ll have to take the cap off or it has a cap to protect the nib, but this one actually retracts into the pen, similar to a ballpoint pen. This particular pen is either a cartridge or a converter style. It comes with both. The converter is inside the pen and you have to unscrew this top housing and then you can pull the whole section out, which you can replace that converter with a cartridge. This converter is a screw type converter. You have to be real careful putting it back in it that you put the nib the right direction so it doesn’t damage the nib putting it back in. That screws right back onto the pen.

Underneath the false bottom of this box you have the extra cartridge if you would rather use that and it also has the user and care guide.

This is a great pen. It is really unique. You have got to have one of these. Get yours today at!

Fountain Pen Review: Pilot Vanishing Point, Raden Stripe

Review by Laura Cameron

Aesthetically, I’ve never like the look of the Pilot Vanishing Points and Pilot Decimos.  Until recently, I never understood the need to have a retractable fountain pen, and I thought the clip just looked odd in the middle of the pen.

Then I attended a conference and had to take notes in a seminar.  Each time I had to write something down I had to unscrew my pen cap, and then screw it back on when I was done writing, or else my nib would dry out sitting open for too long.  I found the experience frustrating and suddenly understood the need for a retractable fountain pen.

And so I set out on a quest to buy a pen I didn’t have in my collection: a retractable one.   I looked at Vanishing Points and Decimos and then came upon the Raden collection.  Rumor has it that Pilot is discontinuing the Raden collection, so the pens are now a hot item.  I couldn’t find a Raden Galaxy, which was my first choice, but I did find a Raden Stripe on eBay for a reasonable price and spent a lot of time staring at it. Ana cautioned me to wait and try out both the Vanishing Point and the Decimo at a pen show because she thought the Decimo is better sized for my hand, but then eBay had a 20% off coupon and I pounced. And so a Vanishing Point came to live with me for my 40th birthday.

The Vanishing Point is a full size pen with a diameter of 0.5″ (13 mm), a length of 5.5″ (140 mm) and a weight of 1.1 oz (30 g). It has a black lacquered body, with delicate abalone shell hand-placed in stripes around the middle of the pen. All accents are rhodium and the nib is a rhodium-plated 18k gold nib. The craftsmanship on this pen is really amazing.

For my first use, I inked my Raden up with Pilot Iroshizuku Yama Budo, and I wasn’t disappointed. I have a medium nib on this pen and while it’s larger than I usually use, it creates such a thick beautiful line that I love (although this does mean I need to use it with thicker paper to avoid bleeding through to the other side). The nib itself is very springy, but at the same time it just glides across the page. The diameter of the pen is probably just on the edge of comfortable for me to use. In truth, the Decimo is probably a better fit for my small hand, but I just couldn’t resist the Vanishing Point. I’m also grudgingly forced to admit that even though I still don’t like the look of the clip, it doesn’t bother me at all holding the pen to write.

So I guess the lessons here are never say never, try every pen you can get your hands on, and keep an eye out for good deals on eBay!

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Pilot Vanishing Point – The Newsprint

The Pilot Vanishing Point is great enough to be a blog-ending pen.

I wrote Doug Lane a message after receiving a Pilot Vanishing Point from Pen Chalet. He responded pretty frankly minutes later:

Yeah, I actually thought my blog was in jeopardy for a while, since I didn’t want to use any other pen after I got that one.

I doubt it will end The Newsprint, but Doug certainly has a point. This pen is absolutely stellar.

I reached out to Ron at Pen Chalet around Christmas time to wish him a great holiday season and he responded with an opportunity to review the Vanishing Point. Knowing of Doug Lane’s love for the pen, I couldn’t say no. Once again, thank you to Pen Chalet for sending this pen for review.

The Pilot Vanishing Point, first and foremost, is a retractable fountain pen. This appears to be a rarity in the fountain pen world — typing “retractable fountain pen” into Google’s search field yields a fairly unanimous Vanishing Point result. And while there may be many reasons against using a retractable fountain pen, the Vanishing Point has ironed out all possible kinks and excels into the realm of being a perfect pen.

Ron sent me the Gun Metal Vanishing Point and I couldn’t feel more empowered by this version. The gun metal grey has just the right combination of elegance and ruggedness. Nobody will look at me funny if I pull this pen out of a suit jacket or out of my jeans pocket. Whichever side of the fence I end up on, the Gun Metal Vanishing Point will look right at home.

There’s a little magic inside the Vanishing Point’s body which gives the pen the ability to retract.

Unscrewing the pen shows the unique nib unit and ink converter. The nib unit is long and fits directly into the pen body via a notch on its top-side. This unit retracts through a crafty trap-door when not in use, keeping the nib from drying out and keeping ink from leaking into your pocket or bag.

The converter sent with the Vanishing Point is smaller than other converters I’ve tried, but I haven’t run my first refill dry just yet.

I found the refill process to be extremely easy and substantially tidier than my refill experiences with the TWSBI 580AL or Lamy Safari. Instead of inserting the entire pen into a bottle of ink, only the nib unit needs to be submerged to get a proper refill. This has kept my Vanishing Point looking more gun metal than blue.

The long nib unit can be pulled out and quickly exchanged for a nib unit with a different size or colour. Pilot sells matte black nib units if you care for colour coordination. At $140 (on sale!), the Vanishing Point isn’t a cheap pen. Having the ability to swap out different nib units will not only save you a couple bucks, it’ll keep the Vanishing Point feeling fresh and new without having to buy an entirely new pen.

The Vanishing Point’s execution of a proper knock is of the utmost importance: If you casually bump the knock while out and about, the nib unit could extend outwards and leave ink pouring into your clothes or bag. Not only does the Vanishing Point’s knock have to combat casual bumps, it has to be long enough to ensure the nib unit is meant to be extended.

And without a doubt, the Vanishing Point’s knock is impeccable. It’s a bit longer than many other retractable ball points I’ve tried, so fully extracting the nib unit is actually a practice in habit-forming. After years of using retractable ball points and poor quality knocks, I had to retrain my muscle memory to more fully depress the knock to extract the nib. Overall, it’s a painless process, but I found myself always thinking about extracting the nib unit when I pulled the pen out to write.

As far as design goes, the knock’s matte black finish is right at home with the rest of the Vanishing Point’s gun metal design and I appreciate the minimalism attached to the knock. There aren’t any superfluous additions to the knock and this allows for a streamlined pen from top to bottom.

Finally, the section and nib. The Vanishing Point’s one glaring design decision is the placement of the clip at the writing end of the pen. This design actually puts the clip right where you grip the pen instead of at the end by the knock.

It makes perfect sense to put the clip at the writing end of the pen though. If this pen is clipped to the inside of a shirt pocket, the clip at the writing end of the pen causes the nib unit to face upwards, eliminating gravity’s effect on ink leaking into your shirt. While the trap-door mechanism is sound at keeping the pen from leaking, the added security of pointing the pen to the sky instead of down your shirt is just the icing on the cake.

Gripping the Vanishing Point will most likely not be affected by the placement of the clip unless you have a non-normal pen grip. I’ve found the placement of the clip to be perfect for resting the tips of my fingers while writing. In fact, the Vanishing Point is the most comfortable pen I’ve ever used because of the placement of the clip. I have a very average pen grip though, so your mileage may vary.

Writing is, as you would expect, top notch. The nib is made of 18 karat gold and is ultra smooth. I’ve used this pen exclusively in my Hobonichi Techo over the past few weeks and I can’t say I’ve had even one hiccup along the way. I never understood how a pen could be smoother than the TWSBI 580AL until I set the Vanishing Point to Tomoe River paper. The combination of Tomoe River and 18 karat gold is a writer’s dream come true.

I ordered a fine nib as I half-expected the Vanishing Point to become my daily driver going forward. My extra-fine Lamy Safari can be too dry and too fine at times and I have yet to be convinced about the benefits of a medium nib. The Vanishing Point’s fine nib is very fine and borders the Lamy Safari’s extra-fine nib. The Vanishing Point is also a fairly dry writer, so drying time is substantially less than what I was seeing with the TWSBI 580AL.

The Vanishing Point’s nib is slightly hooded like the nib on the Lamy 2000. There aren’t any design etchings like TWSBI, Kaweco, or Franklin Christoph nibs on the top-side of the Vanishing Point’s nib unit. In general, the Vanishing Point’s nib unit is pretty and elegant, but it’s not jaw-dropping like many other etched nibs out there.

The actual clip itself is very secure — almost too secure. I had to use two hands to pry it open as far as you see in the above photo and securing it to a shirt or pants pocket has not been as easy as I would like.

Secure clips are not a bad thing, however, as I can’t see myself ever breaking this clip like I would a cheap $0.50 pen. Overall, the security of the clip, like the rest of the high quality body, is top notch and you won’t find your pen slipping or sliding out of your shirt pocket without pulling it out yourself.

Many people have taken to the Vanishing Point and discussed its quality with abundant praise. I’ll add my voice to the crowd.

Not that the Vanishing Point doesn’t deserve more literature, but it’s so hard to talk negatively about a pen that gets almost everything right. The Vanishing Point is one of the most acclaimed pens on the market for both its writing experience and unique retractable features, and people aren’t blowing smoke when they say the Vanishing Point may be one of the best pens period.

From the rockstar gun metal finish, to the 18 karat gold nib, to the placement of the clip, and to the funky trap-door mechanism, the Pilot Vanishing Point has all the avenues covered. I use it in my Hobonichi, in my Field Notes, in my working notebooks at the office, and in my home for casual writing. From top to bottom and start to finish, this Vanishing Point is truly one of a kind.

Is the Vanishing Point blog-ending for The Newsprint? Perhaps not. But, if I was writing solely about pens, it would seriously put into question many of my future purchases. I find it hard to believe a pen can write, feel, and look better than the Vanishing Point for less money than what you can pick it up for right now over at Pen Chalet.

Want a fast way to end your pen collecting habit? Follow my and Doug Lane’s advice and pick up a Vanishing Point right away

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Beautiful work !! … Couple of questions …

How did you make the notch that mates with the key ?

It looks like your barrel has a removable end which, I assume, is for removing/replacing the unit.

The nib section unscrews … would the problem you noted disappear if you removed/replaced the unit by unscrewing the nib section ?

On the original VP pen a notch is cut in the threads of the body section to guide the “key” in the alignment of the nib/cartridge converter unit. (Remember it is a pen with a traditional “click” pen configuration, i.e., no cap) Rather than do that myslf, I selected a section tenon thread size that gave me enough “meat” to take a small circular rasp bit to cut a small notch large enough to receive the key, but not so large there is play in the fit. This key fit then keeps the nib from rotating. Below is a discussion about why the section is performing several of the roles associated with the traditional body of the pen.

The removable section end serves multiple purposes. As you noted, it is the means to remove and service the cartridge converter; it also serves to keep the pen to a manageable length because a significant part of the nib/cartridge converter unit is in the section and not completely in the pen body; and by placing the cap threads on the section itself in front of the section tenon threads I avoid the traditional arrangement of the pen body tenon being threaded for the cap threads on the top and internal threads to receive the section. On small pens this thread “stacking” runs the risk of creating a thin tenon wall. On the other hand, with pairs of adjacent threads as on my section, you need a long reach to use a die to create the cap thread or you have to turn them on your lathe. The section unit also has to be small enough the cap can cover it, because the cap is serving the function of the trap door closure of the original VP pen. The section can’t be so big that removal of material from inside the cap materially weakens it or makes it transparent.

You could creat a removeable nose cone section to reduce the possibility of wicking. Before I add that layer of complexity I’ll use an appropriately sized drill bit for “just the right amount of clearance.” That also means fewer pieces. The long section length on my pen also enables your fingers to grip the section well past any threads for the cap, more comfortable.

All these are great questions and serve to illustrate all the trade offs we make when we are designing our own pens. I heartily encourage people to try things differently. Sometimes the only way I find a better solution is to do something the wrong way the first time, because that may be the only way you discover it is the wrong way, LOL.

I hope I answered your questions. The opinions are my own, but the mispellings are the iPad’s fault, chuckle.


Pilot Vanishing Point vs Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo – Hand Over That Pen


This is our first time comparing two pens. As such we’d extra appreciate your feedback! Was this helpful? Did we cover the points of comparison you care about? Let us know!

Hand Over That Pen, please!

Katherine: The two pens look pretty similar — the VP is a little wider, the Decimo is a little more sleek. I suspect, for more people, any aesthetic preferences will come from preferences in the different finishes. The VP is available in solids, wood, raden and a whole bunch of special editions. The Decimo is available in pastels. (I didn’t realize it when I painted mine, but there isn’t even a black Decimo anymore — mine is likely from the 80s. Oops.)

Pam:  I was originally quite biased towards the VP because I enjoyed the added weight and width.   However, the Decimo is actually more comfortable with it’s slimmer clip for longer writing sessions. The VP  comes in more colors which include the drool-worthy Radens (hint hint boyfriend of mine…) and my beloved dark grey. The VP is also known as Capless in other territories.  Typically, the VP/Capless is sold with a gold nib, however, there is a “special alloy” (steel) nib available for about half the price.  I can only find the special alloy nib from retailers in Japan.  Unfortunately, the special alloy nib is only available in a handful of Capless models (black, dark blue, yellow, deep red, and silver).

Franz: The Pilot Vanishing Point has always been a pen that’s admired for its retractable nib and quick one hand deployment. Even though I’ve known about the Vanishing Point since I started using fountain pens in 2012, it was only this year that I learned about the Pilot Vanishing Decimo line. The Vanishing Point pens are inked up either by sticking a cartridge onto the nib unit, or by filling ink with its supplied converter. When bought new, both will have a Con-50 piston converter but you may also use a Con-20 squeeze converter which slightly provides more ink capacity.

The Vanishing Point reviewed and pictured above is the Twilight Limited Edition for 2015 which I was lucky enough to obtain on the day it was released. Katherine’s VP Decimo is a standard black model that she glitterfied and is now an Artist’s Proof 1 of 1 pen. Of course, there are a number of colors, materials, and finishes that are available for both pen models. We will try our best to focus on the size differences of these two models.

In the Hand: Pilot Vanishing Point — from left to right: Katherine, Pam, and Franz
In the Hand: Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo — from left to right: Katherine, Pam, and Franz

The Business End

Katherine: Nib units for the two are interchangable, but the VP is available from Japan in certain finishes with a stainless steel nib. Decimos and most VPs sold in the US have gold nibs.

Pam:  For my VP, I switched with a friend my fine gold nib for the fine special alloy nib since the steel kept a more consistent and finer line with my “iron grip” hand.  I found the original gold F nib scratchy for the line width that it produces.  The special alloy F nib was the perfect pilot nib that we all know an love.  It laid down a consistent line that was just wide enough to show off the beautiful color of Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo, the one true ink pairing (OTIP), for my VP.  Currently, I have a gold EF nib in the Decimo.  Yes, the EF nib can be considered scratchy given the size of the nib but due to the feedback, however, I may be writing with less pressure allowing for a more consistent line.  The EF nib performs wonderfully on Tomoe River paper where as I found the F nibs to shine on Midori paper.

Franz: As Katherine mentioned, both Vanishing Points utilize the same nib units and generally gives you the same paper-to-nib experience. The VP Twilight currently has a broad (B) nib and its line width is very close to a western broad nib as well, which I like! The VP Decimo has a fine (F) nib which writes smoothly and lays down a thin line that’s like a western extra-fine (EF). I loved both writing experiences even if they were different line widths.

Vanishing Point – broad nib
Decimo – fine nib
Pilot VP nib unit

Write It Up

Katherine: I can write with either pen for 20 minutes with relative comfort. However, and perhaps out of habit, I do prefer the Decimo. It’s a noticeably slimmer and lighter pen, which I overall prefer. That being said, the VP is perfectly usable and I suspect with time (I borrowed Franz’s VP for a week) I would get used to it and no longer notice the difference.

Pam:  I really miss the weight and width of the VP, but I must admit the size of the Decimo is more comfortable for longer writing session for me.  The Decimo also has a slimmer clip profile so it’s less likely to interfere with anyone’s grip.  I would recommend the VP for average to large hand individuals and the Decimo for those with the petite hand persuasion. All in all, both pens are wonderful pens and suitable for all hands.

Franz: I wrote with both pens for fifteen minutes each. I first wrote with the VP Decimo and it felt a bit too thin and I felt my hand cramp a little bit. I switched to the Vanishing Point and the thicker width felt much better and allowed me to write in my journal more comfortably. Pam is spot on that for larger hands, the Vanishing Point is the way to go.


Katherine: The two are functionally the same to me as EDC pens. I find both very convenient.

Pam:  The click mechanism is just too darn convenient and pen is so well constructed to withstand consistent daily use that it’s practically an EDC must for me.  The VP was in my white coat pocket everyday, up to the day I lost the pen at work.  (Have you ever had such a busy day, you literally have a gap in your memory of that day/afternoon/couple hours?  I literally don’t remember which area of the hospital I was in when I used last used the VP. ARGH!!!)   The VP is, I mean, was, my most used pen in my entire collection.  The Decimo is equally sturdy, but the weight of the VP was reassuring in my pocket.

I don’t have this problem with either model pen, especially since I use F or EF nibs, however, the ink capacity of the VP is pretty small.  Given that it’s a cartridge converter, the ink capacity is typically less than 1 ml.  If you use a wider nib or use the pen for novel writing, it may require multiple fillings in a day.

Franz: For my daily carry purposes, both pens win! Both VP’s easily clips on to my jacket, or shirt pocket and lets me quickly deploy and write with just one hand. All day long it pretty much went like this: Grab VP from pocket, click, scribble-scribble, click, clip back VP in pocket, and repeat.

As for the ink capacity of the Con-50, a full converter lasted about two days for me. Having been spoiled by my piston-filled pens, refilling every two days was something I had to get used to. Not a deal breaker though.

Final Grip-ping Impressions

Katherine: After spending a couple months with a Decimo of my own (and dousing it in glitter) and a week with Franz’s VP… to me the big difference is in the finish you prefer. Everything held equal I prefer the slimness of the Decimo as an EDC or for taking quick notes (and I tend to slightly prefer slightly wider pens for long, lazy journal sessions). But the VP is by no means unusable or uncomfortable for me. If I lost my Decimo tomorrow (I hope not!) I would replace it with whichever I saw first at a price and finish I liked first.

Pam:  I loved the VP enough to buy another variant of the pen, after the appropriate mourning period had passed, of course.  The only caution I would give is to make sure that the VP works well with your grip.  If the VP agrees with you, it will be a GREAT pen and won’t let you down.

Franz: The Pilot Vanishing Point pen is a great pen to have in one’s pen case. My first VP was the Matte Black one that I bought at the 2012 SF Pen Show. This was about a month after I got into fountain pens and I used it at work for almost a year, and I loved it. I have come to appreciate this pen for its versatility, different finishes, and nib sizes. I’m proud to say that I have a couple VP’s in my collection.

Both the VP, and the VP Decimo are fantastic pens for the money. You really just need to hold and write with one to see if it feels right. For some, the clip gets in the way of having a good grip (it does not for me), and because most are lacquered on metal, it can be too heavy for some (not to me). The only drawback as to why I do not use my VP’s on a daily basis anymore is the ink capacity of the supplied converter. But I am always happy when I ink one up for journaling, or doodling purposes.



Pen Comparisons

Closed pens from left to right: Edison Beaumont, Parker 75, Franklin-Christoph Model 20, Pilot Vanishing Point, Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo, Lamy 2000, Pelikan M805, and Lamy Safari
Posted pens from left to right: Edison Beaumont, Parker 75, Franklin-Christoph Model 20, Pilot Vanishing Point, Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo, Lamy 2000, Pelikan M805, and Lamy Safari
Unposted pens from left to right: Edison Beaumont, Parker 75, Franklin-Christoph Model 20, Pilot Vanishing Point, Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo, Lamy 2000, Pelikan M805, and Lamy Safari

Pen Comparisons (click to enlarge)

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – White / Black

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Disappearing ink pen 888

This product will be delivered to you in 1-2 days! Payment upon receipt.

In appearance, this “spy” pen does not give itself away. Regular design, matte plastic body, 0.5mm regular nib, dark blue gel-like ink. It would seem nothing special, but after 40 minutes the inscription begins to disappear. After 2 hours, only a barely noticeable trace will remain from it, and after another hour this trace will disappear.

It is worth noting that when using the 888 pen, you should not write with strong pressure, since the ink will disappear, but the indentations on the paper will remain, and your bold explanatory text about the boil, addressed to the authorities, can be easily restored.

The pen writes well without pressure.

Regarding the speed of ink evaporation, it can vary depending on the humidity in the room, the quality and weight of the paper. But this is only a matter of time: after 40 minutes or 4 hours, the inscription will completely disappear.

And a note to the Sea of ​​Kindness clients: now you know why it is impossible to allow competitors, rivals, opponents and partners to sign important papers with personal pens. Better yet, invite the other party to celebrate the deal with at least 30 minutes of tea, at the end of which it would be nice to check if an important signature has disappeared. 🙂 

Product type: pen with disappearing ink

Ink color : blue

Body color: black

Cap: yes

Material: plastic

Review of the 1971 film “Vanishing Point”.


Vanishing Point is one of the iconic films of the 1970s, which is on a par with Easy Rider and Zabriyski Point. This movie is not about bikers, but bikers appear several times in the frame. This is just a great film, which is worth adding to the list of biker cinema films only because bikers are shown in it simply as one of the elements of an ordinary society, in their environment, and therefore not biased and without exaggeration inherent in biker exploitation cinema.

The plot of the film represents two days in the life of a car ferryman Kowalski, who drives a charged Dodge Challenger from Denver to Cisco. He does not stop at the demands of the police, he just knocks at full speed, avoiding chases and driving through police raids. The whole film is a continuous action, the plot is replete with flashbacks and memories of heroes, full of colorful characters, such as a blind black DJ Super Soul, hippie biker Angel and naked Gilda Texter on a Honda, who managed to appear in the role of a murdered hippie in Angels “.Because of this, in general, a non-trivial plot is almost impossible to retell, and it is not necessary. Just watch, the film keeps you in suspense, permeated with an atmosphere of freedom and alienation, perfectly filmed, and the music that Super Soul plays throughout the film is just worthy of a separate article, but not on this site 🙂

Yes, and Super Soul conducts its show so charismatically that the film, if the knowledge of the language allows, is better to watch in the original, without translation. You will not regret! 🙂

Bikers in the film are represented by a small crowd, which Kowalski drives up to to buy some speed for the road from one of them.

Then Kowalski chases with two police officers in Harleys, who safely fly into the ravine. Then, after a while, hippie biker Angel catches up with him in a Harley chopper with a long fork! 🙂 Kowalski, right on the go, through the window of the car, asks Angel about speed, he accompanies Kowalski to his hut in the desert, where he presents speed and helps to get through the police cordon on the road in a very peculiar way. In the same place, Kowalski meets with the naked Gilda Texter, who drove up to him in her Honda in the desert.

I just think that it was hot for her to sit on a hot leather motorcycle saddle with bare booty 🙂

Well, basically, that’s all. In an amicable way, all the main characters of the film are in the following frames from the film.

In 1997, a television remake of the film “Vanishing Point” was filmed, but it is not interesting to us, because … it is not interesting at all too much, but enough to distort the main idea.The fact is that in the remake, Kowalski drove across the country on a Challenger in order to quickly get to the hospital to his wife, whose childbirth was proceeding with complications. In the original, Kowalski tried to escape from society, to become free. It’s sad, but apparently, since 1971, the broad masses have ceased to understand such a simple background, and adjustments had to be made to the remake script, just to please the audience.


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Mole Removal Pen Red . This device is used to remove visible skin defects (warts, blackheads, papillomas, condylomas, moles). The use of the device provides a point effect only on the affected area, there is no risk of harming the adjacent layers of the dermis.During the tests, it was proved that the tool copes even with old tattoos that could not be removed in the salon. Only in our store, you buy a device complete with a cream for local anesthesia, an additional set of needles.

Indications for use.

Warts . Active substances act on the stratum corneum, provoke local changes on it and exfoliate a large number of “dangerous layers”. With the systematic use of the product, the traces of warts disappear and no longer bother you.In reviews about the drug, people write that they even got rid of obsolete areas and large defects.

Papillomas . They appear on the face, neck, chest and décolleté. If the aesthetic issue is not worried, then the functional can be a serious problem. Due to external influence on the skin, papillomas are constantly damaged, injured, hurt and bleed. There is a risk that one small papilloma will cause cancer. You don’t want to face cancer at 18, 19, 20, 25, or 30, do you?

Freckles .If “kisses of the sun” seem superfluous and terrible to you, then you have to use different ways to get rid of them (or at least make them less noticeable). You can dab with lemon juice, apply a bite, mask blemishes with foundation, and more. But it’s better to try the Mole Removal Pen. The effect of using the pen is noticeable after 2-3 applications (if not earlier). The quality of the impact will pleasantly please.

Darkening . Do strange birthmarks and gray patches appear on your face? To cope with them, you no longer need to buy a cream, apply a gel or take a whitening mask.

Tattoo . Did you get a tattoo in honor of a loved one, and after parting with him would you like to display a picture? Or did the image make sense to you before, but is useless now? In tattoo parlors, you may be offered to “interrupt the picture”, but they will not get rid of the problem. With this product there is a chance to remove the paint, but keep the perfect appearance of the skin.

Acne and Blackheads . Red dots that hurt terribly when touched; white pimples all over the face and body, black dots on half of the nose … To cope with such defects, it is not enough to make an appointment with a beautician at the salon.We’ll have to use special formulations (gels, masks, cream). To restore the balance of the dermis, it is worth trying the Mole Removal Pen.

Moles . Huge brown and gray patches can appear on the hips, waist, abdomen, legs, face, neck, and chest. It is not recommended to remove moles with a laser, chemical burning can cause problems with adjacent areas of the dermis, and cutting with a knife leads to a relapse (i.e., a recurrence of the problem). To minimize the risks, it is worth using a pencil to remove dermatological defects.

Dodge Challenger – Vanishing Point

The 1970 Dodge Challenger was inspired by the Tarantino film “Death Proof” as a movie hero car. I think everyone who saw this film immediately remembered the crazy stunt girls who decided to take a ride “in the stern” of the legendary wheelbarrow. However, Challenger plays his main role not only in this film. In general, for which I am grateful to Tarantino is that each of his films opens up a lot of other, rather interesting films.So the “proof of death” prompted me to watch such movie delicacies as “Used Cars”, “Bullitt”, “Gone in 60 Seconds” (not the one with Cage, but the old 1974), “Vanishing Point”. All these films, in one way or another, are connected with cars, and in some of them the legendary Challenger appears. However, only at the “vanishing point” – this model is given 90% of the film’s time.
Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider” Phil Ilm Race has become iconic for the American audience, and the Dodge Challenger has become a symbol of freedom.Numerous chases became the standard of the genre, and were shamelessly used by many directors when it was necessary to create a spectacular scene. And Tarantino in Death Proof, paying tribute to the memory of the legendary film, practically copies his pursuit from the “vanishing point”.
Our hero was, as it were, the response of the Chrysler concern, which included Dodge, to such cars that had already conquered the market, such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, and Ford Mustang. From the latter, by the way, came the slang name of compact cars with a sporty design – Pony car.And so in 1970, the Chrysler concern, although belatedly, still responds to the market with two new models – the Plymouth barracuda and our hero – the Dodge Challenger. However, by the time Challenger was released, interest in ponies had already begun to wane. Despite this, the car found its fans and about seventy seven thousand cars were sold in the first year. The lineup was represented by four variants of the Challenger Six, Challenger V8, Challenger T / A and Challenger R / T. The line of installed engines was also widely represented – from 275 to 425 horses.Also, to order, lovers of the “handle” could supply a four-speed manual transmission, instead of the base machine. The R / T (Road / track) version, the most powerful of the civilians, it is on it that Kowalski rides in the “vanishing point”, in the base version it was equipped with a Chrysler 383 Magnum V8 engine with a power of 335 hp. which allowed this monster to accelerate to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds. An interesting feature of this configuration was the hood, which had a rather nice air intake, the beauty of which was that it was a simple decor.But, again, for an additional fee, the Challenger R / T could be equipped with a real air intake, which gave a good additional power.
The T / A racing equipment (Trans Am) was one of the first production vehicles to use tires of different diameters. E60x15 at the front and G60x15 at the rear. However, due to the large mass of the body, the car was not competitive in its segment, although it developed 100 km / h in just 5.9 seconds.
Challenger was modernized, changed its appearance until 1974, when production was discontinued.However, in 2008, the legendary pony car experienced a rebirth. Dodge released a new second generation Challenger into the series, which, like his older brother, won the hearts of many, and also became the hero of numerous films and computer games, but … that’s another story.

Mole Removal Pen Laser Pen (Black). Apparatus for eliminating visible skin imperfections.

Mole Removal Pen. This device is used to remove visible skin defects (warts, blackheads, papillomas, condylomas, moles).The use of the device provides a point effect only on the affected area, there is no risk of harming the adjacent layers of the dermis. During the tests, it was proved that the tool copes even with old tattoos that could not be removed in the salon. Only in our store, you buy a device complete with a cream for local anesthesia, an additional set of needles.

Basic functions of the laser pen:

Removal of warts. Active substances act on the stratum corneum, provoke local changes on it and exfoliate a large number of “dangerous layers”.With the systematic use of the product, the traces of warts disappear and no longer bother you. In reviews about the drug, people write that they even got rid of obsolete areas and large defects.

Removal of papillomas. They appear on the face, neck, chest and décolleté. If the aesthetic issue is not worried, then the functional can be a serious problem. Due to external influence on the skin, papillomas are constantly damaged, injured, hurt and bleed. There is a risk that one small papilloma will cause cancer.You don’t want to face cancer at 18, 19, 20, 25, or 30, do you?

Removal of freckles. If “kisses of the sun” seem superfluous and terrible to you, then you have to use different ways to get rid of them (or at least make them less noticeable). You can dab with lemon juice, apply a bite, mask blemishes with foundation, and more. But it’s better to try the Mole Removal Pen. The effect of using the pen is noticeable after 2-3 applications (if not earlier). The quality of the impact will pleasantly please.

Removal of darkening on the skin. Do strange birthmarks and gray patches appear on your face? To cope with them, you no longer need to buy a cream, apply a gel or take a whitening mask.

Reduction of tattoos. Did you get a tattoo in honor of a loved one, and after parting with him would you like to display a picture? Or did the image make sense to you before, but is useless now? In tattoo parlors, you may be offered to “interrupt the picture”, but they will not get rid of the problem. With this product there is a chance to remove the paint, but keep the perfect appearance of the skin.

Removal of acne and blackheads. Red dots that hurt terribly when touched; white pimples all over the face and body, black dots on half of the nose … To cope with such defects, it is not enough to make an appointment with a beautician at the salon. We’ll have to use special formulations (gels, masks, cream). To rebalance the dermis, try the Mole Removal Pen.

Removal of moles. Huge brown and gray patches can appear on the hips, waist, abdomen, legs, face, neck, and chest.It is not recommended to remove moles with a laser, chemical burning can cause problems with adjacent areas of the dermis, and cutting with a knife leads to a relapse (i.e., a recurrence of the problem). To minimize the risks, it is worth using a pencil to remove dermatological defects.

Why is it profitable to buy a Mole Removal Pen on

All goods are always in stock. An impressive assortment of cosmetic devices of almost all types. The lowest prices for retail and wholesale.Only in our store, you purchase a complete set of equipment with Russian manual! The kit includes: a rechargeable laser pen, an additional set of needles, anesthetic cream, instructions in Russian, a warranty card. And also: when buying a laser pen, you will receive detailed expert advice on how to use the device!

You can buy inexpensive laser pen “Mole Removal Pen”, with delivery in Moscow or Moscow region, right now. All products are in stock.Place your order by phone: 8 (926) 229-02-02, or on our website. Our courier works around the clock! Delivery in Moscow, in 1-2 hours!

Hidden handles – the current trend

With the start of the production of built-in household appliances and the development of smart home systems, creating an invisible interior has become much easier. Now all designers and architects are vying with each other to advise various elements of an invisible interior, which are very convenient and practical. Integrated handles are one of the important elements of such an interior.


The invisible interior is practically empty space, nothing superfluous. The minimum amount of furniture, disappearing household appliances. The whole space is one, the rooms seem to flow from one to another. Bright design elements are removed, there is no visual noise. All design elements are practical. These are the basic tenets of an invisible interior.

All appliances are hidden in an invisible interior. Televisions resemble mirrors, the music system is transparent, and there is practically nothing in the kitchen.Everything appears with a wave of the hand or with the help of a touch. Sometimes the entire system is known only to the owners of the premises.

Most often, the invisible interior is presented in white. White color is a symbol of purity and freshness, complete minimalism, it characterizes this direction in interior design in the best possible way. But this does not mean at all that you need to turn your home into an operating room. In the invisible interior, beige, blue, milky, chocolate colors are also used. No bright shades or flashy colors.

All light built in. No chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The highest skill in creating lighting in an invisible interior is the case when it is not clear where the light is coming from and where the lamps are. The entire palette of the invisible interior is usually monochrome. This is done so that everything merges into one picture, and nothing stands out. Luminescent paint is very popular when creating an invisible interior, which is not visible in daylight, but decorates the interior with unusual patterns at night.


  • Creation of a single space in the house, when some rooms smoothly “flow” into others.

  • reduction of “visual noise”. In this case, too bright, sharp details are not used.

  • creating a concentrated yet functional interior. This will be especially true for small apartments.

The main difference between such an interior and high-tech style is that household appliances in this case should be hidden, and not exposed.For example, for the high-tech style, modern TVs are a source of pride, but for an “invisible” interior, such items are superfluous and should be disguised.

What are the features of home decoration in this style?

  • use of plastic or glass furniture. Moreover, it must be transparent;

  • embedded storage systems that become an integral part of the wall;

  • use of built-in household appliances disguised behind furniture;

  • application of the most modern building materials and technologies.

5. use of hidden (integrated) handles in furniture.


The design of the integrated handles is holistic and truly laconic, as evidenced by the simplicity of the form and the clear geometry of the lines. As a result, the furniture structure becomes original, visually attractive, and also easy to maintain. The integrated handles are comfortable and functional elements that help save effort and highlight the cutting edge design.

Especially often hidden handles are used in kitchen furniture, which is made in the spirit of minimalism and has a rectangular appearance and smooth straight planes of the facades, containing no unnecessary details. There are no protruding elements in it, and everyone can choose how the doors open and drawers are pulled out to taste.

Ideal modern kitchens without visible handles are presented differently, but in most cases they believe that they should be practical and easy to use.For example, cabinets should have many sections and compartments in which to store:

  • crockery;
  • kitchen appliances and instructions for their use;

  • cutlery;
  • salt, flour, sugar and certain other products; spice;
  • culinary guides and various recipe books.

And in order to have easy access to everything that is needed at the moment, of course, all doors and drawers must have handles.At the same time, their large number and appearance are unlikely to appeal to lovers of modern minimalist trends in design. That is why today

is so relevant to the recently emerged trend in the field of kitchen furniture design, the main component of which is hidden invisible handles in the interior of kitchens.

Classically beautiful fittings, if you look at them immediately after purchasing the kitchen, at first pleases the eye, but later the metal darkens, and because of the often complex shape of the handles, they are difficult to clean.In addition, we sometimes bump into various protrusions sticking out at the top, bottom or in the middle of the facade of kitchen furniture, which often leads to minor injuries.

For those who want a kitchen without visible handles, there are now kitchen cabinet options in which the doors open in an unconventional way. Including without the use of pens at all. Let’s consider all the options in detail and their advantages over each other.


Opening cabinets without using handles is possible, for example, by using a milled facade.In this case, in fact, a kind of “handle / hook” is created in the facade itself. Milling is carried out over the entire width of the facade, without violating the overall composition of the kitchen, and most often in the form of the English letter “L”.

In essence, this method is a kind of handle that integrates. The most common form is the letter “L”. The element is crafted across its full width to create a single composition. Often this solution is made on surfaces that are created from MDF, but there are other materials as well.Such elements have a wide range of advantages: attractive appearance due to the integrity of the entire kitchen; the ability to choose a color and its combination with the color of the headset; using such a handle, the use of panels can be avoided; thanks to the product, any technical elements can be placed in the kitchen.

  • the appearance of the kitchen remains unified and integral;
  • the color of the “handle” obtained in this way does not differ from the color of the facade;
  • The milled handle does not require a bezel.


This is another option. This profile can be used in the facade and frame parts. It can be presented in various forms, but traditionally it is an alphabetic element in the Latin alphabet. From a practical point of view, L-shaped, C-shaped, T-shaped types are most often used. They can be offered in a wide variety of colors and styles. L-shaped element on kitchen cabinets for opening.

Another option that makes it possible to do without handles in kitchen furniture is to use an aluminum profile to create a “hook”.In this case, in cross-section, such a structural element can be:

  • L-shaped;
  • S-shaped;
  • T-piece.

The color of the profile is usually silver, but it is often chosen in other shades.

  • The use of an aluminum profile does not interfere with the placement of any appliances in the kitchen, including built-in ones, since it is actually part of the facade;

  • you can open cabinet doors without touching the facades, which means without scratching them or leaving prints, which is especially important if you have a white kitchen or a glossy kitchen;

  • additional overlays and false panels are not required;
  • In contrast to the milling version described above, there are more materials suitable for the manufacture of facades.


The application of this solution resembles milling. The element has the property of integration and is equipped with the same width. In this case, it is more convenient and more expedient to consider the S-shaped profile. It is he who is most convenient for opening due to its shape. It is also worth taking into account some of its key advantages in

: the ability to accommodate any type of built-in equipment without restrictions; the possibility of opening cabinets without the front part and getting dirty; the likelihood of preventing the use of false panels, in particular, for corner-type kitchens; a wide range of materials that can be used in conjunction with the profile.They can be made from MDF or chipboard, as well as from plastic material, veneer.


Traditionally, the aluminum type profile is used to be able to open. The process is carried out as in milled facades. However, the application differs in certain features, which is important and necessary to remember when drawing up an appropriate design solution in the kitchen. This solution has a number of characteristic advantages: aluminum material makes it possible to rationalize corner-type kitchens and cabinets located near the wall; facade materials are presented in a wide variety.In fact, you can apply chipboard, veneer, glass, acrylic; the appearance of the kitchen becomes stylish and holistic.


They are usually not placed in the center of the façade plane, but fixed to the sash end. This achieves an excellent visual effect. However, using such pens is not very convenient.


The gloss of the facade surface deteriorates when the doors are opened to a greater extent in the absence of

handles than in the presence of them.Therefore, a notched handle is a good option. Notches on furniture surfaces do not look like dissonance in a kitchen interior, but they are more expensive to create than installing a regular stainless steel handle.


Invisible, or rather almost invisible, you can make a handle if you paint it to match the facade. You can paint any fittings: metal, plastic, wood.


Kitchens are interesting options, in which the doors are opened using touch devices that are controlled by just touching them.

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