The Pilot Vanishing Point is the most famous of a very rare breed: a retractable fountain pen. The pen has been around since 1963, so it has a long and rich history, as well as a proven track record. The Vanishing Point (VP) uses a push-button design to extend and retract the nib, unlike some other retractable fountain pens that use a twist action.
The pen has amassed a dedicated following because of its convenience and versatility.
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The Pilot V Pen is a disposable fountain pen.
The V Pen name is primarily used in Europe. In the United States it is sold as the Pilot Varsity, which is a much more popular name for the pen.
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Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao is a navy blue color in Pilot’s luxury line of fountain pen inks. The ink, like all the inks in the Iroshizuku family, is named after a piece of nature, in this case a morning glory flower.
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The Pilot Juice Up is a retractable gel pen from Pilot that features a unique writing tip and clip design. It is an improved version of the Pilot Juice Gel pen.
The Juice Up is available in a variety of ink colors and three tip sizes. 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, and 0.5 mm. The most colors are available in the 0.4 mm size. These include standard colors and pastels. You can get a 5-pack of one ink color for about $12 or a 10-color set for about $20-$25.
The Juice Up is one of Unsharpen’s best gel pens.
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The Pilot Capless LS is a Vanishing Point-style retractable fountain pen that will be released on May 20, 2020.
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The Pilot Hi-Tec-C is a popular capped gel pen known for its fine tip needle-point. It is an inexpensive office-style stick pen featuring a clear plastic body and cap, and metal cone piece at the front.
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Converting a fountain pen to an eyedropper is a quick and fun job, so long as you choose the right pen! It’s quick to do, quite cheap, and you can often double or even triple your ink capacity.
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Few people would argue that one of the main draws to fountain pens is the amazing variety of inks on offer. This selection can quickly go from an allure to a curse when the paradox of choice sets in and you are presented with literally hundreds of shades of blue, all of which are relatively affordable and easy to access.
If you don’t quit fountain pens right at that moment you are presented with an interesting dilemma: how can I test inks? Taking things to their logical conclusion, we here at Unsharpen further asked, “How can we test fountain pens inks cheaply, efficiently, and accurately?”
Here’s what we’ve found…
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Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo is a purple color in Pilot’s line of luxury fountain pen inks. Yama-budo is named after the crimson glory vine. It’s a deep magenta color.
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Pilot Iroshizuku Kosumosu is a pink color in Pilot’s family of Iroshizuku luxury inks.
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Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-guri is a dark brown ink in the Iroshizuku family of luxury fountain pen inks.
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Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro is a turquoise fountain pen ink from Pilot’s family of luxury inks. Each of the inks in the line is named after a natural phenomenon, with this one being named after dew on a pine tree.
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Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuyu-kusa is a deep blue color in the Iroshizuku family of fountain pen inks. It’s the closest color in the line to the popular Kon-peki cerulean blue.
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Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same is a grey ink in the Iroshizuku family of luxury inks.
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Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun is a lighter grey fountain pen ink in Pilot’s family of luxury inks. The ink is sometimes referred to as “Old Man Winter” thanks to the wintery color, which is reminiscent of a cloudy sky.
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