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Review of Sailor Professional Gear Realo


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#1 TechWriter

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 14:29

Hi,

Attached is my review of the new Sailor Professional Gear Realo.

Regards,
Andy

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 14:42

good review. couldn't see the pictures though. maybe that's just my connection. some things are blocked at school... but i never thought flickr was one of them. maybe they just didn't work?

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 15:04

Thanks! I have had my eye on the Realo, and now that there is a PG model, I have a choice!

I, too, couldn't access your photos, though. And I'm from home. Got to Flicker, but to a common page.
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 15:51

Excellent review, sorry I too had problems accessing photographs.
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 15:54

Hi,

Very sorry about pictures disconnect. They are on www.flickr.com under my screen name f8flickr. Originally, I had them embedded in text but that file failed to upload. Will resize pictures and see if I can upload them separately to fountain pen network.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 16:30

Thank you for the excellent review. I just purchased the Pro Gear Realo in Black only mine is a Fine nib anc concur with your comments. Both the balance and size (slightly bigger that ne std Pro), makes it easy to hold for extended invervals. Also, the nib is smooth and the follow is wet.

Great pen! I am enjoying my Pro Gear Realo ...

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 16:44

Thank you for the excellent review. I just purchased the Pro Gear Realo in Black only mine is a Fine nib anc concur with your comments. Both the balance and size (slightly bigger that ne std Pro), makes it easy to hold for extended invervals. Also, the nib is smooth and the follow is wet.

Great pen! I am enjoying my Pro Gear Realo ...

Cordial regards,
Kicks ...


How many pages are you getting on a full fill with the fine nib?

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 17:07

Hi!

It's difficult to determine exactly how mamy pages a fill "tank" will travel in the Sailor Pro Gear Realo since I use my FP for notes, comments and full page writing. But my estimate for the Fine nib averages about 12+ full pages (8 1/2 x 11).

Another guage is how frequently I re-fill my Realo. That averages about 7-8 days, again depending on how much writing is done at work.

Hope that helps ...

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 18:24

Hi,

Attached are the two missing pictures.

Regards,
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Posted 05 May 2010 - 04:07

Thank you for your nice review. I do not have Pro Gear Realo yet. Reading your review, I want to have one.
Is your body of Pro Gear realo semitransparent?

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 07:52

Where are you guys getting hold of these?

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 14:35

Thank you for your nice review. I do not have Pro Gear Realo yet. Reading your review, I want to have one.
Is your body of Pro Gear realo semitransparent?

rokurinpapa

Thank you for your kind comments.

My Pro Gear Realo is a deep lustrous black and neither daylight, tungsten, nor florescent light sources penetrate it when I hold it to those sources. And, I tend to be protective of my possesions so I would hesitate to expose the pen to prolonged exposure to light sources thinking the color quality may fade over time. I don't know if lab tests have been run to determine archival properties of the acrylic resins but, I suspect most pens spend their time indoors or in someones pocket so the question may be moot.

I like the pen and highly recommend it not only because it is well made but, even in the off-chance of a one-off issue, Sailor will back up their product.

Regards,
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Posted 05 May 2010 - 14:40

Where are you guys getting hold of these?

Hi,

I purchased mine from www.melpens.com.

Regards,
Andy

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 00:44

Nice review, thanks!
If you don't mind me asking, why don't you just post the content in your post, since there is no pic in the word document?

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 14:24

Hi,

Attached is my review of the new Sailor Professional Gear Realo.

Regards,
Andy


Here it is online with small corrections about jpg's at flickr and embedded in reply# 9.

Andy

Sailor Professional Gear Realo


Introduction

<picture posted at flickr:f8flickr and in reply #9>

My Professional Gear Realo arrived the Monday morning after my Thursday afternoon online order of the pen, solidly packed by Mel Pens staff to withstand the rigors of the long trip from Kuala Lumpur. Opening the FedEx reinforced bag and removing the insulation and cardboard packing, I slipped off the light tissue paper encircling the midsection of the gold cardboard box reminiscent of Nikon’s gold boxes to open the solidly built inner case containing the cellophaned Realo with its information tag. My initial impression was as though I were in an up-scale department store sizing up the new pen after it was removed from a clear-glass show case.

Appearance & Design 10

Appearance is very polished black acrylic resin with gold trim tipped with a 21K Bold nib, marked H-B on left side of nib. The gold rings above and below the ink window are 24K. Also available in burgundy, the Professional Gear Realo has the distinctive cut-away cap with the Sailor anchor logo on top as compared to the rounded endpoints commonly seen on many other pens as well as the 1911 Profit Realo.

With its large feed, the Realo writes a consistent solid line of ink. List price is 30,000 yen, close to the $310 for the 1911 Profit Realo when it was first introduced a year ago. But why did the Profit version precede the Professional Gear Realo by a year? The roll-out order probably stems from the fact that the 1911 Profit is a high quality pen and that it is the most successful of Sailor’s pens; that is, they played the winner first. Currently, Mel Pens retails both the 1911 Profit and the Professional Gear Realos for $295 + $16 to ship to the U.S.

The acronym Realo is a composite of Reliance for heritage and reliability of product and of Locus for clear focus on a defined path and properties of manufacturing excellence. This is reminiscent of Unisys, for united systems (referring to the two computer architectures of the Sperry Rand and Burroughs architectures when the two merged).

Construction & Quality 10

The Realo has a solid but light heft when you take pen in hand, reassuring users that Sailor diligently maintains a consistent standard across their product lines. The look and feel of the Realo is definitely that of a quality pen at ease in a professional persons hands at work or displayed as apart of their dress. Some indicate a preference for silver or rhodium trim but I am comfortable with the subtle contrast of the small use of gold appointments as trim against the larger mass of black acrylic resin.

Weight & Dimensions 10

The Realo is 21.6 g, 135 m in length with cap closed, and 150 m with cap posted. The end result is that the Realo is a comfortable pen for sustained use.

Nib & Performance 9

<picture posted at flickr:f8flickr and in reply #9>

My 21K bold nib writes a line equivalent to my Sheaffer PFM II medium nib which is why I chose a bold nib for my Realo. As a lefty, I am best served by a medium and/or bold nib. There are no signs of ink bleeding, feathering, in my experience with the Realo.

NOTE: It would be nice if there were across the board international standards for nib sizes but the next best option is to understand the choices of the manufacturers in choosing the nib size that best fits your pen needs.

Filling System & Maintenance 9

Often the subject of comment, the Realo ink capacity is 1 ml. Some have expressed concern about this capacity compared to other brands. Certainly, a comparison of pen features is convincing and with the ink window to show fill status coupled with the wish to use different inks points up the advantage of a smaller ink capacity of 1 ml because the turnover time between fills is shorter. Once the ink window is clear of ink, I can still write a page. Compared to my PFM ll, the Realo writes 9.5 pages of 8X10 paper. My PFM ll writes 8.5 pages which, for the complicated snorkel system is good. Piston fillers are simple and reliable. The Realo is tight, no leaks, and reliably repeatable in performance.


Cost & Value 10

As noted, Realo lists for 30,000 yen. I purchased mine for $295 + $16 FedEx International and I got the bold nib as standard without having to special order it. Primarily, it is a pen that will prove itself over many years of usage.

Conclusion 9.6

Sailor is a successful manufacturer of fountain pens. They have an extensive line of products to match market niches, for example, King of Pens, Sapporo’s, Profit Realo, and Professional Gear, among others. They build limited editions, support product performance, and actively participate in pen shows to demonstrate the quality and performance of their nibs and pens.

Comparing my Professional Gear with my 1911 Profit Realo, the 1 ml ink capacity, the piston filler, and the ink window are the same in both pens, as are the 21 K nibs, as well as the 24 K rings. This modular approach, common to many manufacturers, enables Sailor to achieve an economy of scale that delivers a solid and reliable Realo.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 02:06

Thank you for taking the time to review. Are you sure that the rings on the pen are 24k gold, or are they 24k gold-plated?

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 02:32

Thank you for taking the time to review. Are you sure that the rings on the pen are 24k gold, or are they 24k gold-plated?

Based on my reseach ofThe Sailor Co. Ltd website and secondary sources, I understand that it is gold plating. Regards, Andy






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