Retractable Fountain Pens

1964 was the year of the Tokyo Olympics, and Japan was keen to show off to the world. Pilot were one of the official sponsors, and wanted to have some impressive new products to demonstrate. Their most outstanding creation is still the best known retractable fountain pen today: the Pilot Capless (also known as the Vanishing Point in the USA). The first model used a twist-action at the top to extend and retract the tip, by sliding an internal 'nib unit' forwards and backwards. Later versions introduced the quicker push-button mechanism, still used in the current models.

These aren't cheap pens, so they'd be no good if they were just cute gimmicks - fortunately, they are beautifully-engineered pens, with top-quality nibs, making them practical to use as well as impressive and convenient.

And if you really want something impressive? How about the Italian-made Visconti Pininfarina Carbongrafite - a retractable fountain pen from the same designer who gave the world the Maserati GranTurismo?

Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Carbonesque Blue
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Carbonesque Blue The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Carbonesque Black
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Carbonesque Black The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Only £149.00inc VAT £124.17 ex VAT £190.00inc VAT £158.33 ex VAT Save £41.00inc VAT £34.17 ex VAT 23% off
Namiki Raden Capless Fountain Pen
Namiki Raden Capless Fountain Pen Stunning abalone shell fragments hand-finished into this superior pen
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Only £378.00inc VAT £315.00 ex VAT 24% off
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Gold Trim Black
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Gold Trim Black The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Rhodium Trim Black
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Rhodium Trim Black The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Only £149.00inc VAT £124.17 ex VAT £190.00inc VAT £158.33 ex VAT Save £41.00inc VAT £34.17 ex VAT 23% off
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Rhodium Trim Blue
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Rhodium Trim Blue The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Red Rhodium Trim
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Red Rhodium Trim The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Rhodium Trim Silver
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Rhodium Trim Silver The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Rhodium Trim Yellow
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Rhodium Trim Yellow The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Gold Trim Burgundy
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Gold Trim Burgundy The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Carbonesque White
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Carbonesque White The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Only £149.00inc VAT £124.17 ex VAT £190.00inc VAT £158.33 ex VAT Save £41.00inc VAT £34.17 ex VAT 21% off
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Black and White
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Black and White New Black and White edition of the popular Pilot Capless
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Only £184.99inc VAT £154.16 ex VAT 2% off
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Birch Wood Barrel Black
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Birch Wood Barrel Black The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Only £169.00inc VAT £140.83 ex VAT £219.99inc VAT £183.33 ex VAT Save £50.99inc VAT £42.49 ex VAT 23% off
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Birch Wood Barrel Red
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Birch Wood Barrel Red The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Only £169.00inc VAT £140.83 ex VAT £219.99inc VAT £183.33 ex VAT Save £50.99inc VAT £42.49 ex VAT 23% off
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Carbonesque Green Limited Edition
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Carbonesque Green Limited Edition Limited edition of the renowned retractable fountain pen
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Only £190.00inc VAT £158.33 ex VAT
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Midnight Blue
Pilot Capless Fountain Pen Midnight Blue The renowned retractable fountain pen - one of the best pens you can buy at any price
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Only £149.00inc VAT £124.17 ex VAT £190.00inc VAT £158.33 ex VAT Save £41.00inc VAT £34.17 ex VAT 21% off
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