I bought this pen from our very own Betty a few months ago.
She had it imported from Japan at a nice premium.
Never having contributed with a review, I thought this pen
would be perfect since it is my favorite of all time, next to my Conklin Duragraph! (Thank you again Apollo) Both of this pens have become my standards, and I love them. I have instructed my wife to put them in the grave with me when I go. Well here we go, upon first looking at the pen, one gets the feel and look of a Mont Blanc 149. It is big and shiny but not heavy at all. The cap goes on and off smoothly never crossing the threads.
The pen comes in a beautiful box with the filling and care instructions in Japanese only. Gorgeous look and just makes one mouth water.
Appearance/ Finish 5 out of 5
The resin is super shiny, the Platinum appointments just luster like I have never seen before. The contrast of the Platinum and Black is just striking. The inscription on the band is smooth and well cut out. It looks and feels like a million bucks!
Design/Size/Weight 5 out of 5
It is a full-size pen, much like the MB 149, but not heavy at all. It has a torpedo shape that evens allows the cap to be posted with out a problem, not that I ever post my pens, but it fits nice without marking the resin. Measures a bit over 5.5 inches capped and about 6.25 inches posted
Fits nicely in my bear-like hand. As I have stated the cap comes on and off with ease. It is not thin on the lip at all. Tough and durable? Well unlike my old MB 146 that I dropped a few years ago off my desk, this pen was dropped to the floor at a Sears by my son Angelo Jr., I thought that the pen was a gonner, but nothing of the sort, I took the pen and it took to paper like a champ. Almost as well as my hand wanting to make contact with Jr’s butt. Bur neither Jr. nor the Pen had any damage done on them.
Nib Design and Performance 5 out of 5
I love the nib, it is Asian fine so more like a needle-point fine for us! It does not allow me to make mistakes, I have to slow down when I write else, I get distortion. I love the fact that it keeps me concentrated on the paper and at the same time I can take my time and write my thoughts better.
The nib is fine white gold 21K. The nib looks like it could pierce a piece of wood and continue writing like a dream. As I have said it is super fine and very discriminating, I have to slow down almost half speed to form all of the characters correctly.
The Filling System 4.5 out of 5
This is the only thing about the pen that I would love to change. Piston Filler! The pen uses Sailor’s own converter, thus I hope I never loose mine! Nothing to disappointing, but this pen would really rock with an internal filling syste,
Cost 5 out of 5
Well, about $200 which I think that it is not to bad when you pair it next to like a MB. However, this is the Asian version of the pen and I have not been able to find a second pen like it.
As I have stated this is one of the pens that will follow me to the after-life. I am willing to bet that it will continue to write after I am exhumed. I call this pen the Glock of Pendom.
If you are lucky to find a similar pen, you will love it. I had a 1911M with a music nib and I was not crazy at all about it. When I had both pens in my hand I noticed the quality difference from the get-go. I love my Sailor, and I think I am going to find a second one, …some day, perhaps in Red!
Edited for Pic Size
Edited by Angelo Bedolla, 03 August 2006 - 14:40.