Retractable Fountain Pens: LAMY Dialog 3 vs Pilot Vanishing Point

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Gun Metal Gray w Black Trim
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Gun Metal Gray w Black Trim

Thinking of buying a capless, retractable fountain pen? We’re comparing features of two popular models, the LAMY Dialog 3 and the Pilot Vanishing Point, to help you decide which fountain pen is best suited for your pocket!

Opening/Closing Mechanism

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Blue Carbonesque
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Blue Carbonesque

Vanishing Point: One click of the button on the top of the pen makes the nib appear or disappear. This can easily be done with one hand. When the nib is retracted into the pen body a protective shutter mechanism closes over the tip.

LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen - Palladium
LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen – Palladium

Dialog 3: Grasp opposite ends of the pen with each hand, give the barrel a twist and the nib smoothly glides out the bottom or retracts back into the pen. When retracted, a protective ball valve closes over the nib.

Clip

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Yellow
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Yellow

Vanishing Point: Stationary clip mounted near the nib end of the pen. When clipped to a shirt pocket the nib points up to reduce the chance of any leaks, and when writing the clip points away from your hand.

LAMY Dialog - nib, clip, palladium

Dialog 3: Movable clip mounted near the nib end of the pen. When the nib is advanced the clip recesses slightly into the body, creating an ergonomic writing experience. Once the nib is retracted the clip can be lifted and secured to a bag or pocket. This design is a great example of genius German engineering!

Nib

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Blue Carbonesque
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Blue Carbonesque

Vanishing Point: 18k gold compact hooded nib in either gold or rhodium finish. Extra-fine, fine, medium or broad.

LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen - Matte Black
LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen – Matte Black

Dialog 3: 14k gold, bi-color gold and rhodium finish. Extra-fine, fine, medium or broad.

Filling System

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Black Carbonesque
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Black Carbonesque

Vanishing PointPilot/Namiki IC50, IC100 ink cartridges or a Pilot CON-50 ink converter (included).

LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen - Matte Black
LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen – Matte Black

Dialog 3: LAMY T10 ink cartridges or a LAMY Z26 ink converter (included).

Body Material & Weight

Vanishing Point: Metal, 1.1 oz.
Dialog 3: Metal, 1.69 oz.

Pen Colors

Vanishing PointBlack Matte, Gun Metal Gray, Blue Carbonesque, Black Carbonesque, Yellow, Desert Orange, Copper Red, Mountain Blue, Tropical Purple, Valley Green, Red, White, Black, Blue, Raden, Chrome and more…
Dialog 3: Palladium, Matte Black

Pen Size

Vanishing Point: Pen length when nib is retracted: 5.5″; Nib extended: 5.4″; Diameter (not including clip): 0.5″.
Dialog 3: Pen length when nib is retracted: 5.5″. Nib extended: 6.2″. Diameter (not including clip): 0.5″.

Do you use a retractable capless fountain pen? If so, what do you like about it?

LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen - Palladium
LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen – Palladium
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