Thursday, August 21, 2008
When I first became aware of the Fountain Pen Network, an online community of fountain pen enthusiasts, I did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions about what pen people most recommended as being a smooth daily writer.
If you are using a fountain pen to write on a regular basis, it's preferable to find one that has a nib that has little resistance against the surface of the paper - a smooth writer. The opposite of a smooth writer would be a "toothy nib."
Since fountain pens needs relatively little pressure on the paper to make the ink flow, it's my personal preference to make that experience even more pleasurable by finding the "ultimate" smooth writer.
So after booping around the FPN, I hear talk about this amazing pen called "The Vanishing Point" by Namiki. The Vanishing Point is an unusual pen in that it does not have a cap. It is a pen with a retractable fountain pen nib. People sang it's praises as being one of the smoothest writers, as well as it's unique construction. Others did not like the pen because of the way the clip was at the nib end of the pen, because they found it got in the way of trying to write with the pen. (The clip is at the top of the pen so the nib stays upright in your pocket. Fountain pens should always remain "nib up" to avoid leaks.)
The Vanishing Point is not an inexpensive pen, selling at around $100. Limited edition colors like purple & yellow had been selling for around $180. I found a used one in excellent condition and couldn't wait to receive it.
Once I got it, it didn't last a week.
The pen wrote smooth enough, the clip didn't get it the way, but the pen itself (to me) was very, very heavy. My hand would cramp from using it and I sold it almost as fast as I got it.
Sometimes I get frustrated at the lack of a local pen shop- a place where I could go and see pens in person, try some inks...rather than have to always buy things online.