Pilot Capless/Vanishing Point. In 1963, Pilot released the first ever retractable fountain pen. After clicking the push button, the nib slides forward and pushes the lid down. By clicking the push button again, the nib retracts and the lid springs up, shutting the gap air-tight to prevent the ink from drying out. The nib is slim to fit inside the pen, and it folds down to grab the feed tightly to handle the constant movements.
The very first version of Capless was actually a much more complicated mechanism to twist and expose the nib — and it was a result of 6 years research. It’s also worth noting that after the war in Japan, the businesses were booming, and many brands were willing to invest in product developments. Many brands we mentioned before such as Midori (Dimond Memo), Radar (SEED eraser) and Sailor (first ballpoint, first ink cartridge and first 21K gold nib) all had some notable products around this time. Pilot, too, was busy. Aside from Capless, Elite and Custom Series were introduced, and the first 0.5mm ballpoint with stainless steel tip was introduced by Pilot as well. For the past 50 years, there has been 11 different generations of Capless.
The Black Links edition features a rich polished Guilloche pattern that has a unique, sumptuous texture. This intricate pattern of lines on barrel is created using the classic engine turning process known as Guilloche, and can only be fully appreciated when holding this work of art in your hand. The history of engine turned patterns dates back as far as the 1500s, and this delicate design technique is still cherished by both collectors and skilled craftsman. The Guilloche technique began in 18th Century France, and the method has been reverently handed down from generation to generation.
- Pilot Vanishing Point
- 18k gold nib (black nib)
- Numbered limited edition up to 2020 world wide
- The pen comes with a CON-40 and a cartridge
- Compatible cartridges can be found here: Pilot/Namiki Fountain Pens
- Nib replacement unit: Available in Black, Gold, and Rhodium
- Note: this pen comes with nib with black finish
- Release date: 9/1/2020