And there's the novelty value.
Any time I hand this pen to someone who's asked to borrow it, they're first surprised because it seems to be upside down. Normally the clip is attached at the same end as the clicker. They're thinking to themselves, "Boy, Holsinger even has wierd pens." Then they click the clicker, and a fountain pen nib emerges. "He's even stranger than I thought." Few people write with a fountain pen any more, so it's always kind of fun watching them be so careful with it. And to be honest, this pen is a little tricky. Because its nib is so fine and so firm, it scratches the paper easily. I don't lend it to people when they're trying to sign their name to an important document for that reason.
Here's some of what Fahrney's has to say about it:
For years Fahrney's has recommended the Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen for convenience and value. The patented design allows the nib to retract completely into the barrel after use, protecting the nib and preventing leaks. Of course you get the Vanishing Point firm 18K gold nib (we think the fine point is one of the clearest writing nibs on the market). Choose from the new yellow, black, blue, green or red finish with rhodium or gold accents. Or try the unique Carbonesque finish with the look of lacquered carbon fiber in black or blue with rhodium. Two metallic finishes are also available in brushed chrome or gunmetal both with rhodium trim. uses cartridges or converter.
Of course, I use the converter. My only complaint is that the clip isn't as sturdy as it might be. Of course, I also use this pen a lot, so maybe it's just wear and tear. But I had to replace my first one after about 3-4 years, and I may have to replace my current one before 2010 is out.