First on the list is the Sailor Ink Bar. I will spare you my poor photography and point you here for some pictures: (no affil. etc.)
There are photos of the nib and pen there. I got mine from JetPens.
Down to brass tacks.
Absolutely no-nonsense white plastic, the Ink Bar looks like it comes straight off an assembly line. The look is minimalist and pragmatic and there isn't a single part of the pen wasted on accoutrements. The cap is a clear plastic with a tighter inner cap, which will pick up some ink over the course of use. This is a disposable pen, of course, so long-term staining isn't an issue.
Plasticky. It's made of plastic and it feels like plastic. The body is long and skinny, and its thickness is uniform throughout. The plastic surface is smooth but not all that slippery. I didn't really care for the overall hand feel, but there's nothing majorly wrong with it.
This was the disappointment of the review. I did not care for the nib's feel and performance. The nib is dry and scratchy, with a great deal of tooth. When it writes, it writes capably, but it sometimes has trouble starting out of the cap. If you leave the pen uncapped for anything longer than thirty seconds to a minute, starting the pen is a pain in the arse - the nib simply dries out. I sometimes had to cap the pen again and wait a little while before pulling it out to write. Looking at the reviews available on JetPens, I see I am not alone in making these observations.
Rich, deep black. The ink looks very satisfying on paper and dries very quickly - three seconds at the most. I experienced bleedthrough on cheap paper, but not on thicker paper. There is some very slight feathering which should not be an issue for most writers. I think the ink is the best part of this pen - readable, rich and satisfying, it is both a writer's and a reader's ink.
I still haven't run out of ink. Fifteen or twenty pages in and counting.
PS. I have heard tales of some people refilling this pen. Apparently there is a foam core inside the pen body which you can pull out and soak in ink.
I'm not impressed by the Ink Bar. The ink is wonderful, but the nib - oh! what a shame! It is simply too toothy and it stops and starts way too often to be a practical, dependable writer. It's a shame, because I've used some pretty good disposable pens. I can't consider the Ink Bar to be one of them.
I hope to progress to some of the others on the list. Perhaps when this pen runs out of ink. I hate wasting ink!
Edited by Kessel, 19 May 2010 - 02:09.