First Impressions--The pen comes in a pretty standard box, just the pen, no extra ink or other items.
Appearance and Finish--The rounded, bullet-shaped end caps and thick metal band on the cap are typical of the Sailor 1911 series pens. The banding and sturdy pocket clip with ball end are gold plated. There is a transparent ink window in the barrel just under the attached cap so you can view ink levels easily. The ink window is set off by two thin gold rings. Unmistakably Sailor.
Design/size/weight--This is a smallish pen at 5 5/8" capped. However it is just a shade over 6" long when posted making it comfortable even in large hands. Unposted, it a diminutive 4 3/4". Most folks are probably going to prefer to write with this pen posted. Like it's 1911M cousin, this is a very lightweight pen, despite the piston fill. It weighs in at 21.8 g (about 3/4 oz.) full. Knock off about 1-2 g for empty weight.
Nib design and performance--The medium 21K gold nib is typical Sailor, and is neither firm nor soft, simlar to the 1911M. It's a pretty wet nib in medium, but leaves a line similar in width to a Western fine. Like my 1911M Sailors, my particular pen likes to be held a bit flatter for optimum ink flow and smoothness compared to my natural writing angle. I may have the nib tuned up a bit to match my grip. But it is an excellent nib.
Filling system--Hooray for piston fill! This is the best feature of the pen. Now it holds enough ink to match the flow of the Sailor nib. The piston system works similar to the Pelikan filling system, but the capacity is not as great. Nevertheless, it appears to hold enough for a medium nib to have excellent stamina compared to the seemingly always running-empty 1911M. Somehow, the filling system did not that much extra weight so the pen is still light and maneuverable.
Cost/value--I obtained mine from Swisher for $307. This is not an inexpensive pen, but it is very well made, and has the piston fill that was sorely needed in a Sailor model. Since I do a lot of writing/editing/traveling, I've become a "piston-fill snob." It's almost essential for me to have a pen that does not require frequent refilling.
Overall opinion/conclusion--Highly recommended if you like Sailor pens but hate filling them frequently. I'll probably put my 1911M pens up for adoption.
Edited by chemgeek, 25 November 2009 - 20:17.