Can you believe this beautiful piece of engineering is now 53 years old.
The Capless or Vanishing Point was originally released in 1964 by the Japanese company Pilot to celebrate the impending Tokyo Olympics. It remains to this day one of the most iconic and unusual writing instruments available.
As the photograph shows it is insanely beautiful (shown here in a very stealthy Matte Black) - but it is the video, which will shock the initiated with its tiny retractable nib which pops in and out with the simple click of a button, making this a fountain pen which is as easy to use as a ball point.
When the nib is retracted into the body it produces an air tight seal which not only protects it's owner from an inky shirt or blouse, but also cleverly prevents the ink from drying out, so the Capless is always ready to go.
The Capless can be used with ink cartridges, but also comes with a converter allowing the pen to be filled with fabulous range of Pilot Iroshizuku inks which come in a wide range of incredible colours to suit your personality or business needs.
I find that these pens write extremely smoothly and with a quality that surprises given the price tag. The nibs being Japanese come up a little finer than some european brands, but not considerably so.
The Capless is a design classic - it is truly unique being the only true mass market retractable fountain pen. It comes in a wide range of colours and finishes, and each year a limited numbered edition is produced. The 2017 version is a fab Crimson Red and will be available from Paul's Paper and Pens in September.