What a mouthful of a name.
I know you're all aficionados, so I'll spare you the lengthy ramble. John Mottishaw's site offers the Sailor speciality nibs on the 1911 model. Curious, I called to ask if they would bolt a speciality nib to a 1911 Realo, since I prefer piston-fill to c/c. The short answer was, "Hmm. We could almost certainly do that."
One week later, and here we are. This is a Sailor 1911 Realo, fitted with a Naginata Cross Concord Emperor nib, 21k. Reviews of this nib are few and far between, and, as far as I can tell, nobody has been idiotic enough to bolt the nib to a Realo. It's me; I'm the lunatic.
Previous reviews of the Realo itself can be found here:
And here, a past review of the CCE nib:
With that, let's get down to brass tacks.
I'll gloss over the pen itself, since that has been amply covered in previous reviews. The 1911 Realo is a black pen, all acrylic and resin as far as I know, with gold trim. There is a small and very functional clear ink window just beneath the cap line that is visible even when the pen is capped. A band, marked "Sailor Japan Founded 1911" runs around the base of the cap. The pen itself is a torpedo: a classic design, with the only unique feature being the ink window. The fit and finish is good, and the pen itself isn't heavy - in fact, I find it rather light even when fully inked. Hand feel is excellent and the material is not slippery.
The Realo is a piston-filler. John Mottishaw's site lists the capacity as 1.5 cc.
Now: the nib.
The Cross Concord Emperor is a speciality nib available from Sailor's Naginata line. Each part of the name designates a particular component of the nib:
Cross: There is a cross-slit in the tip.
Concord: The tip points slightly downward - imagine the Concorde plane's nose.
Emperor: Overfeed system on the top, consisting of a gold bar that lets ink well up above the nib. Results in instant, on-demand inkflow.
A closer picture of the nib can be found here:
Scroll down the page for the picture of the Cross Concord, then mentally add the Emperor bar above it.
Written right-side up, the nib gives a fine line perfectly suited to everyday writing. The nib itself is stiff, as expected of such a complex and built-up nib. A good amount of feedback and a rich flow reward the writer's careful hand.
Turned upside down, however, the nib shows its special flavour. It creates a broad stroke perfect for signatures, or wherever a solid, emphatic line is required. Higher angles create less broad strokes; holding the pen at a lower angle creates ridiculously juicy, rewarding strokes that will please the most picky of broad-nib writers.
I have samples of the nib making even broader, juicier strokes than the sample I scanned. If you like broad writing, you will not be disappointed.
So what do I think? Well, I adore the nib.
It's a nib that grants the writer so many options, and fits so many different writing situations. It has the build quality that Sailor nibs are known for, it's utterly unique and even fountain pen aficionados like us sit up and take notice when a mutated nib like this pops out of someone's pen case.
Essentially, it's ugly as sin and I love it to death. I believe you will, too. Many thanks to John and the rest at Nibs.com for making this one possible!
Edited by Kessel, 28 May 2010 - 22:28.