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Sailor Profit 1911 Dark Pastel Red
Posted 19 September 2012 - 10:09
- It arrived in the typical Sailor box, with an included converter, and 2 cartridges of black ink.
- Pulled it out, great size, looked fantastic
- It is in the classic cigar shape, that looks very similar to a Montblanc Meisterstuck. t even has similar cap bands, but 2 instead of the usual 3 on a Montblanc. The band reads – Founded 1911 Sailor Japan.
- Started writing with it with the included ink (Sailor Jentle?) and it was a little scratchy which disappointed me, especially because I’ve read a lot of reviews that rave over Sailor nibs. In addition the ink flow seemed to be a little stingy.
Appearance and Design
- I really like the classic cigar design of this pen, which is timeless
- In addition, the contrasting colors of the two ends really bring out the pastel red of the main body.
Weight and Dimensions
- Barrel: 12mm (diameter of cap: 14mm)
- Length: 135mm (cap closed) & 147mm (cap open)
- Weight: 18 gms
Nib and Performance
- 14k gold nib.
- As mentioned, out of the box it was a little scratchy, but I saw on FPN a nib grinder who works in Australia! Which is great because it means I don’t have to post my pen overseas and have to wait weeks (which can be maddening! Especially when you can’t wait to try the new nib )
- I emailed Jack from AussiePenRepair, who is lovely. He really took the time to address my concerns about the nib, and was very thorough in the details he needed to ensure he ground the nib specific to my style of handwriting.
- Turnover was fantastic! It was supposed to take a week but it ended up taking just over 1 day or so, which even included sent pictures of the final grind, which could be changed if I wasn’t happy with it.
- I picked it up and couldn’t wait to try it, and when I opened the box, I found a note handwritten from him.
- I tried the new nib, which he had ground into a stub for me. Its really nice and smooth, with quite a bit of line variation as well.
Cost and Value
- Just under AUD$100 from engeika not including postage which was $15
- $35 for the custom grind from AussiePenRepair
- Overall, I’m very happy with the pen, especially after the custom grind. I can see this being part of my everyday rotation
- I would definitely recommend Jack from Aussie Pen Repair (no affiliations) because of his excellent customer service and great nib grinding skills.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 10:36
And I can echo the praise for Jack at Aussie Pen Repair. I did a review of a Lamy 2000 from him a while ago. I hope to get another nib from him sometime in the future, if possible. Glad to hear from another satisfied customer.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 14:49
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 15:19
Posted 23 September 2012 - 11:19
To breaker, thank you for the kind words. Its my first review so I'm still getting used to the formatting and the uploading of pictures
And to de_pen_dent, I did try from a variety of angles, but I found that none of them really worked or made the nib smoother, unfortunately. But luckily I dont have that problem anymore Out of curiosity, what angle do you hold your nibs at?
Posted 23 September 2012 - 12:12