Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen - Red Barrel with Gold Trim
The Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen features an unconventional mechanism that is more commonly found in ballpoint pens. With a retractable nib unit that is well hidden and sealed in the metal barrel, the nib will not dry out and you will never have to worry about losing a cap.
The pen has a larger body that is nice to hold on to for extensive period of writing. There is a clip that allows you to securely store the pen in your front pocket with the nib pointing upwards.
It is available in several barrel/trim colour combinations, all featuring an 18K gold nib that has a matching colour with the trim, i.e. gold trim will come with a gold colour nib, rhodium trim will come with a silver colour nib.
Each pen comes with a cartridge and a converter, nicely presented in a gift box. It is compatible with the Pilot IC-50 and IC-100 cartridges.
I write a lot so screwing/unscrewing the cap is not something practical for me, so I tried the renowned Pilot system and I'm very pleased with it.
The gold nib is extremely smooth, and I like the medium nib I bought, which is on the broader size, which I like a lot.
Remains to see if the gold finish is resistant to wear.
Recommended, for a relatively reasonable price.