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#1 Sidestreaker

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 20:13

This is my first Japanese Fountain Pen, and I must say, I am really impressed. I have been eyeing on this for a long time, and finally got around buying it from Pen Gallery at The Weld in KL. For about USD 340++, this is still not a cheaper range of pen, but it is one of the best writer I have used so far.

During the time I purchased this, I had the chance to test the Conway Stewart, Churchill FP. I was going to walk out with either the Sailor 1911 or CS, needless to say I chose the former. The CS was too large and sketchy for my taste while the Sailor is a smooth sailing nib.

First Impression - A very modest packaging, no frills and decent. Glad to know I'm not paying more for fancy packaging

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Design 8/10 - I love cigar shape pens. I've been crazy about Meisterstuck Series and this falls into that category. It is similar in size to the current production of 146 but close to the older 146 size, as shown here (my 146R is the older one, I suspect early or mid-90s), smaller by a few mm. Overall, a very decently designed pen, not too flashy and great for everyday use and will match most of my wardrobe. The gold however, is more 'yellow' compared to other brands I have. If only they have a platinum over black, now that I will surely get!

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Construction and Quality 8/10 - Well built, good attention to detail and tightly secured when cap or posted. Nothing much to complain here.

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Weight and Dimension 8/10, again this is one of the lighter pens I've used, perhaps lighter than a 146. Being a shorter pen, it may be more comfortable having it posted while writing, and though I seldom or almost never post my pens while writing, I find it more comfortable to post it.

Refill System - 8/10, Piston! Yes! If it wasn't for Realo's piston system, I may not have bought this pen. It's fast, and simple, just like how we expect it would.

Nib and performance - 9/10. This is one of my favourite writer. I thought that I may be bored with a medium, but this medium nib is great. It suits my handwriting better, not too wet but smooth. Never skips and smooth as silk on most paper. It may be the sole reason that now I am addicted to Sailor nibs! It's a 21 k nib and it looks just gorgeous.

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Value - 8/10. For a PMMA resin pen, at this range it is not one of the cheaper ones. Nonetheless, it is still a great buy. One of the best writer I have ever used and there's definitely are many more expensive ones that may not write as well as this one.

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Summary 8.1/10 I think this will be one of my regular writers, just right size, comfortable to use, and light weight. I got an M nib this time and already I'm considering of getting the Professional Gear Realo and the Burgundy colour of both versions to collect a range of nibs in the future!

This will certainly spark my need to have a collection of Sailor pens!

Thank you for reading. Cheers

Edited by Sidestreaker, 12 July 2011 - 20:21.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 00:50

Lovely pen and a great review. I am eyeing the full size 1911 with a fine nib and this just sealed the deal for me.

That nib really looks great and your writing sample is very nice as well.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 05:53

Great review. I am also waiting for Sailor to get these out with a silver/platinum trim. I do have gold trimmed pens but I much rather silver trim. Please Sailor!! I would buy a Realo then like a shot!
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#4 Sidestreaker

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:43

Thanks guys,

I'm already looking forward to my next Sailor right after my financial has recovered. Yesterday, the 1cc ink capacity has run dry, and it takes about a week for me to finish off the ink. I write maybe about a total of a page and a half a day.

Cleaning and flushing was quick and easy, easier than most of MB piston pen, with less stains between the nib and the block when cleaning.

Trying out different colours today just to see it through the window :)
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:53

Great review Low !

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 16:59

Sailor pens are unbeatable. The best writers! Enjoy it!
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 17:06

It's alright, PMMA resin is a "precious resin".

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 04:42

Great review Low !


Thanks, but I'm not Low :)

Sailor pens are unbeatable. The best writers! Enjoy it!


Yeah, I've always heard good things about it and to experience it first hand is great!

It's alright, PMMA resin is a "precious resin".


Precious indeed :), before I started collected FP, i was not even keen about and all the wonderful chemistry of what resin and acrylic is all about.
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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:00

This pen is on my list, too. Always hoping someone will say something really bad about it so I can make the list shorter. No help here, I see. :doh:

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:57

Thank you Sidestreaker,

My Professional Gear Realo is my best writer. I have a couple of pictures of my PG Realo on; http://lennartwennbe...ear-realo-2010/

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:17

This pen is on my list, too. Always hoping someone will say something really bad about it so I can make the list shorter. No help here, I see. :doh:


It's terrible Maethelwine, terribly good!

Thank you Sidestreaker,My Professional Gear Realo is my best writer. I have a couple of pictures of my PG Realo on; http://lennartwennbe...ear-realo-2010/Lennart


You're welcome, thank you for sharing the link to your blog, looks fantastic! Love that burgundy colour!

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:31

Sorry Sidestreaker for hijacking your topic but...

I have a lot of Sailors and they are all fantastic good writers, but only the Realo feels, for me, as a complete pen.

When it comes to the c/c fill Sailors I prefer the Professional Gear/Sapporo instead of the 1911/1911M. But with the Realo I prefer the 1911 designs though I have the PG Realo. Cannot explain why.

But we are talking details and feelings here....

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 13:11

Yeah, the 1911 is the one I want. Don't like the weird angles on the PG line. But I'll take any piston-filling Japanese pen, if anyone's thinking of giving them away...

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 16:58

I'm also waiting for the silver trim Realo, just can't do gold. I love my full size 1911 in rhodium trim, getting a piston filler would be just about perfect. But not in gold.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 04:32

I'm also waiting for the silver trim Realo, just can't do gold. I love my full size 1911 in rhodium trim, getting a piston filler would be just about perfect. But not in gold.


I've received a quick reply of an email which I've sent earlier to Sailor and the gentleman informed me that there are no plans at the moment to create a silver/platinum trim for REALO yet, but he will discuss this with his colleagues in Japan next week.

Fingers cross :)
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Posted 15 July 2011 - 15:47

I'm also waiting for the silver trim Realo, just can't do gold. I love my full size 1911 in rhodium trim, getting a piston filler would be just about perfect. But not in gold.


I've received a quick reply of an email which I've sent earlier to Sailor and the gentleman informed me that there are no plans at the moment to create a silver/platinum trim for REALO yet, but he will discuss this with his colleagues in Japan next week.

Fingers cross :)


If only, if only...:puddle:

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 18:30

Nice pen, very nice. I usually take MB's 146 as daily wirters. Can you tell how is the ink capacity of the sailor compared to a actual MB 146? I have heard, the Sailors ink amount is less...

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 04:51

Nice pen, very nice. I usually take MB's 146 as daily wirters. Can you tell how is the ink capacity of the sailor compared to a actual MB 146? I have heard, the Sailors ink amount is less...Thanx!


Hi there,

I can't give an exact comparison, but I think the 146 has more capacity compared to the Realo. Based on the instruction manual that comes with the Realo, the capacity is 1 cc.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 16:04

OK, you folks are really enabling me. Definitely going on my list!
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 19:13

Nice review. I have the same pen with a broad nib and I love it. One of my favorites and the nib is just outstanding.
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