This pen is commonly advertised as a Sailor 1911 Profit replica. While it is similar to the Sailor 1911, there are several features that are totally disparate. At best, you could say that in appearance this pen is 'similar' to the 1911 Profit. This particular pen was purchased from a reputable Japanese eBay seller for $30 USD that included 7 day airmail delivery to Australia.
The pen came in a plain black cardboard box with foam inlay. There was no printing or logos on the box. It was advertised as including a written guarantee, but that was not provided. I am not enamoured with Chinese pens. Their quality usually is in keeping with their price - very cheap.
APPEARANCE & DESIGN (7/10)
The pen resembles a Sailor 1911 and is the same length and general appearance. It has silver hardware but the clip and width of the bands are unlike the 1911. The black finish is consistent and substantial with a pleasant sheen. while the pen is attractive, I have marked it down for lack of originality.
CONSTRUCTION & QUALITY (8/10)
Unlike other Chinese pens, this pen feels well made. The screw fit cap takes just three quarters of a turn to remove. The threading is very precise and the cap seats very positively against a metal ring in the barrel. The threading securing the barrel is of equal quality, being positive without any slack.
WEIGHT & DIMENSIONS (8/10)
A heavy pen, 36 grams inked. However, 20 gms of that belongs just to the cap. The rest of the pen is only 16 gms. It is 5.5" capped (141 mm), 4 9/16" unposted (117 mm). The cap DOES NOT POST, which is surprising given the unposted length - a tad shy of the unposted length of a Pelikan M205. I have included comparitive photos here of the 333 with an M205 demonstrator to better gauge the dimensions.
You can see from the next photo that the 333 is just long enough for me to use it unposted. The 16 gms. of the unposted pen is well balanced and it does have a good feel in the hand.
The pen is on the thicker side being 5/8" in diameter (15 mm) for the cap and 1/2" (13 mm) for the barrel. The grip is shaped and around 3/8" (10 mm) at its narrowest point.
NIB & PERFORMANCE (9/10)
Advertised as a "22Kt iridium" the nib is large, has the barest amount of give and is a smooth writer. It has an ink flow neither too wet nor too dry. I filled it with Iroshizuku syo-ro.The nib is not affected by the angle of attack and is quite impressive. There are no markings on the nib other than "Kaigelu" so I am not sure of the gauge. The eBay add said "medium" in one paragraph but "fine" in the specs. I view it as a typical Chinese fine which is near identical to the M nib in a Pilot Prera or the EF in a Lamy Safari.
FILLING SYSTEM (9/10)
The 333 came complete with a Kaigelu branded twist converter and the pen also takes universal cartridges.
The converter functioned quite positively and filled to capacity on a single cycle. It is simple to extract for flushing purposes having just the normal press fit.
COST & VALUE (10/10)
For USD $30 airmailed to Australia, the pen represents just about as good as it gets in relation to bang for your buck.
CONCLUSION (51/6 = 8.5)
Apart from one Hero Parker 51 replica, this is only the second Chinese manufactured pen that has impressed me. I am very pleased with all aspects of this pen and it will remain in my inked set for the foreseeable future. The Kaigelu makes for a handsome workhorse pen, one that you could take with you and not freak if you happened to misplace it.
Edited by murfie, 22 July 2010 - 00:41.