Thursday, May 29, 2008

Namiki Vanishing Point

Here’s a plug for a pen shop I must pass along. I was looking for a Namiki Vanishing Point, and Maja recommended Oscar Braun, who are in the Detroit area of USA. She said their prices and service both are second to none. So I checked them out, and can only agree in both respects. I received my pen promptly, and at a very good price. Their website is:

While not a heavy-duty pen collector, I knew I had to have the VP after seeing another member’s. This pen necessarily has quite a heavy barrel, but I like that, plus I was fascinated by the mechanism, as well as the history of this pen – it being virtually unchanged since its arrival in the mid 1960s.

Here it is stripped down. Really it's just a very thin fountain pen, enclosed in a retractable body. And yes, there's a little hatch that closes behind the nib to prevent it drying out.

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