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Product Code PN60166

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Product Code PN60166

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MSRP $210.00

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This iconic Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen has a shiny blue barrel with gold accents. This fountain pen comes with a retractable 18k gold nib - just click to expose or retract the nib. A hidden trap door helps keep the nib from drying out when not in use. A Pilot CON-40 converter is included with this pen, as well as a Pilot ink cartridge. A metal cartridge cap is also included for use with the ink cartridge. Each Vanishing Point fountain pen is beautifully merchandised in a black gift box.

The Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen is a product rich in both history and performance. Its brilliant design and ingenious technology make it a pen for the new age. A larger size, durable metal body and attractive appointments make the Vanishing Point unmistakably unique.

Click here to shop all compatible Pilot ink cartridges.

Fountain Pens

Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.

Body Material
Lacquered metal
Cap Type

How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).

Compatible inks & refills

Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.

Bottled inks, Proprietary Pilot ink cartridges
Filling Mechanism

How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.

Cartridge, Converter
Grip Material
Nib Size
Fine, Medium
Nib Color
Nib Material
18k Gold

Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.


Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).

Diameter - Body
13mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Grip (mm)

Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.

Length - Body

The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.

140mm (5.5in)
Length - Nib

The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.

8mm (0.3in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
140mm (5.5in)
Weight - Body

If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.

30g (1.1oz)
Weight - Overall (g)
Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a cartridge.

Max Ink Capacity - Converter

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a converter.


Customer Reviews

Based on 35 reviews
Smooth elegant pen for every-day use

This pen is amazing for frequent writing, whether for making lists or journaling or filling out forms - and anything in between. The retractable nib is genius and stands up to frequent clicking. I was worried about the position of the clip but it's been comfortable and easy, even with a small hand. I went with the F nib as I write small. Adore the smooth ease of this gold nib and how it just glides. Lines feel slightly thicker than say the TWSBI Diamond 580 F nib which I use for 'fun' writing. That's not a bad thing in my opinion; it's perfect. The only downside as others have mentioned is the converter it comes with. The CON-40 has a small ink capacity - which I'm ok with since I like switching inks - but I found it hard to fill from 2ml samples. Easier to go with cartridges but I like the tactile mechanics of pistons, vials, and ink bottles.

Alexandar M.
The one to beat them all

Indispensable, this is the best if you are a serious note taker , plus it forces you to properly articulate when you write.Only complaint is that mine developed a slight flow issue when writing up and to the right.

Daniel S.
Amazing, as always

The pen is absolutely remarkable. Your customer care is unequalled. Why go anywhere else?Not me. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Amazing Pen

Reiterating what others have said, this writing instrument is excellent. The nib is smooth, and the ink flow is generous. The clip's position is a bit awkward, right where the index finger rests. However, I've found it useful as a stabilizing handle, allowing me to create impressively straight lines and text that resembles printed output.

Timothy B.
Appreciation Growing for VP (Very Practical)

use case is my work day notebook for mostly engineering. this is my first "nice" as in over $50 (gold nib) pen. i deliberated between fine and medium but fine is the right choice for the way i use it: lots of numbers, calculations, and small sketches. it also serves for now as my sermon note taking pen and does that well. granted, the fine doesn't write as smooth as a medium, but it does it very well. the Pilot pedigree comes through. I definitely am getting more comfortable with my VP. it is a brilliant alternative to the ball point, giving you the delightfulness of a fountain pen with the easy ON/OFF of the ball point. the quick retraction with security door eases fear of damaging the expensive gold nib, increasing the use in less secure work environments than your desk. i like it so much i'm jonesin for the LS version, in ways i didn't understand until after owning the standard VP. i want the LS' quieter clicking, smooth twist activated auto slow close motion, thinner clip, and cleaner styling. Is the con-40 a poor performer? yeah, kind of. but i have learned to accept that and fill it when i think it is getting low so i'm not stranded on no-ink island. and still kinda getting used to having to "flip" the pen around after pulling it out of my pocket. otherwise, brilliance for 60 years. it's a classic.

FAQs about Fountain Pens

How do I fill a fountain pen with ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above. 

Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:

  • Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write! Check out our quick guide here.
  • Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
  • Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
  • Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
  • Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking. Check out our video on how to use a vac filler here.

Check out more info on these filling mechanisms including a video on how to fill each one on our blog.

How do I clean a fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck. 

It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:

How often do I need to clean my fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors. 

Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.

My pen won’t write! What do I do? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.

We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.

If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed. 

If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help! 

What's your return policy? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

You can submit a return request within 30 days of your order date. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.

Please note we are unable to accept a return of any Namiki or Sailor Bespoke fountain pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.