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#1 msolok

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:12

Hey guys,

So I am relatively new to fountain pens, but I am very bitten by the bug. I currently have around 20 fountain pens (all bought new) since I started really getting into them. As someone new to Fountain Pens I always got a bit confused when it came to different models and what would suit me. Unfortunately here in Aus we don't have many Pen stores that we can go to and test out the pens. So I rely heavily on reviews and comparisons online.
I found the hardest pens to pick between are the Mid-range pens in the $80 - $150 bracket. There are just so many options out there, it's difficult to pick. So I figured I would give my opinion on some of the pens in this price bracket and give a quick comparison of them.

So the pens I have in the Round Up today are (from cheapest to most expensive):
  • 2x Kaweco AL Sport with M Steal nib (a Blue one and a grey one) - Priced at around $80-$85
  • 1x Sailor 1911m GT with 14k HB (Hard Bold) gold nib - Priced at around $150 (I picked mine up from eBay for $75 plus postage, so a real steal!)
  • 1x Sailor 1911m ST (Rhodium trims) with 14k HM (Hard medium) gold nib - Priced at around $150 (I picked this one up from eBay for around $75 plus postage as well, so another great deal)
  • 1x Lamy Studio LE Royal Red with 14k F gold nib - Priced at around $150 (can be picked up at around the $100-$120 mark from eBay)
  • 1x Lamy 2000 with 14k F gold nib - Priced at around $150 (can be picked up on eBay for around $120)

And I have also included a Noodlers Ahab in the fix. Now I know the Ahab does not fit into the price range of the other pens (it is only a $20 pen after all), but I think it's good to show people the size, quality and performance you can get from a Noodlers pen IF you give it some time, attention and work.

The paper I have used for this comparison is a Rhodia Pad (standard, not R). I have also tested all these pens with standard copy paper, some good quality Dasio paper (for those of us in Australia near a Daiso store and can get this bargin quality paper), a Picadilly journal (a much cheaper Moleskine looking journal which is VERY fountain pen safe) and a Clairefontaine Metric 1951 (same paper as the Essentials books, just a different cover). This, I think, gives me a good idea on how each of the pens behaves and feels in use.

So let's start off with a few pictures of the the pens together (sorry about the pictures. I don't have a great lens for taking Macro photo's in relatively low light, but have done my best).

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So here is a photo with them all in. Going from left to right we have a Sailor 1911m, a Sailor 1911m ST, Lamy 2000, Lamy Studio LE, Noodlers Ahab, Kaweco AL Sport Blue, Kaweco AL Sport Grey.

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And here is a photo with all the pens with their nibs out! Same order as above, but obviously the Kawecos are above the other pens.

On with the review itself!
PACKAGING
Kaweco AL Sport - The Kaweco AL Sports come arrive in a little plastic box (slightly shorter than the length of a Sailor 1911m) with a printed cardboard slipcover over it. The slip cover and box both have old-school styling, obviously as a throwback to the Sports origins. It's a really cool concept. Open the box and you are presented with the pen in a plastic bag and that's it. There is no extra pomp, no extra fillers, and nothing else other than the pen. I think this is great! Why do we need the other fillers cluttering things up when all we really want is the pen? I think this is a great move by Kaweco.
Even more in Kaweco's favor is the fact that's not it for the box. The box is designed to be a carrying box for 2 Kaweco's (or 1 and a bunch of extra carts), so unlike most other boxes it's use lives on after you open the pen! The Kaweco's packaging, in my opinion, is FAR better than any of the others.

Sailor 1911m - The Sailor 1911m's arrive in a similar fashion to the Kaweco's. You get a cardboard slip cover (in this case it's just plain white). In the cardboard slip cover is a much larger and heavier box covered in fake leather and Sailor badge in the middle of the top. While this box looks good as a first impression, it doesn't really have a great sense of tradition or usefulness the Kaweco box does. It's more only meant to be used for retail of the pen, and then stored/thrown away. When you open up the box there is a lot of empty space, a small cardboard box with the converter in, and the pen. You can also take out the fake floor the pen is sitting on to find the manuals, papers and 2 ink cartridges.
Honestly, I was not wowed when I opened the box. The big, empty box just took away from the pen. It also gives off a big sense of waste. Sure, the box can be used for carrying the pen around, but it adds a hell of a lot of weight and size, making it pointless. In all honesty I thought the Sailors packaging was the worst of the lot, but such a waste and didn't do the pens justice.

Lamy Studio and 2000 - I have put both of these in the same group as the packaging on both is identical. Following the same theme as above, you get the pens in a box with a cardboard slip case (in this case it's a brown recycled cardboard slip case). The box for the Lamy's is pretty plain and made of plain black cardboard. The texture kind of reminds me of the Lamy 2000's finish, kind of brushed look. The only bit of decoration on the box is a silver plastic Lamy logo on the middle of the top of the box, which acts as a clasp to keep the box closed. I do like this minimalist and recyclable design. No waste. When you open the box you are presented in the pen right in the middle of a wavy piece of cardboard. It does present the pen will with very little distraction from the pen. It also isn't so big that the pen get's lost in it. Under the wavy cardboard sits the papers and such.
All up I think this packaging comes second to Kaweco's. It's plain, it really frames the pen, and it's recyclable (so no waste).

Noodlers Ahab - There really isn't much to say about the /b] - There really isn't much to say about the packaging for the Noodlers pens. They come in a small cardboard box, only slightly bigger than the pen itself. In the box the pen sits in a plastic sleeve and is wrapped in the pen's instructions. Nice, easy packing, but not much to write home about.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Kaweco - My first impressions of the Kaweco, looking down on it in its box, where it's tiny but so nice looking. Pictures on the internet do NOT do this pen justice! They are nice, well finished pens. Pick them up and you can feel their heft. They are nice and heavy, but with great balance. The cap screws on and off nice and smoothly and there are no gaps or blemishes on the pen at all. They are truly top notch pens!

Sailor - As I said above, my first impressions on the Sailors was not one of awe. Looking down at them in their large boxes they simply looked lost. A smaller box with a bit less pomp would really show of the Sailors better. Once you pick them up you start to really appreciate them more. They feel like good quality instruments, have no blemishes and are a reasonable weight. Once out of the box I loved the Sailors, but my first impression of them was slightly marred by the box.

Lamy - My first impression of both Lamys was, in all honesty, 'WOW!'. There they sat in their little, unassuming box. They both instantly looked to be high quality instruments. Picking up the Studio and feeling its weight it was clear it was very sturdy and made to last. The 2000, while it didn't have the same weight as the Studio, felt no less sturdy or of lower quality. Both are simply stunning pens and make a first impression that lasts!

Noodlers - Noodlers first impressions are so-so. The pens have a bit of weight to them and feel sturdy, but there can be evidence of the injection molding on the bottom. Nothing that really stands out unless you really look for it, but it can still be there.

WEIGHT AND SIZE
OK weight and size is a REALLY subjective topic. What is perfect for one person is horrible for the next. So I will give you my opinion on this.
My hands are large. I would not say they are very large, but they are certainly bigger than most. For this reason I prefer slightly bigger pens with a bit more weight to them.

To my hands pens in order of lightest to heaviest are:
Noodlers
Sailors
Lamy 2000
Kaweco AL Sport
Lamy Studio

Although all the pens have different weight, I find them ALL comfortable to use. Noodlers is probably the least comfortable of the group, but that's a hard call as it is still comfortable to use. However I can say with confidence I find the weight of the Lamy 2000 to be the best of them all. Combine that with its ample girth and length, and it is the perfect pen in my hand.

NIB PERFORMANCE AND FILLING
OK, so here is a sample page I wrote with all the pens and indicated the Ink used:
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Kaweco - The Kaweco's are, by a fair margin, the cheapest of the mid-range pens. It's right at the lower end of the scale. However the nib is very nice to write with. They are pretty smooth and offer a pretty good ink flow. They do seem to struggle with the Clairefontaine and Rhodia paper at times, giving some hard starts and some skipping, but are fine on other papers. While the nibs are smooth, there is something about the way the nib writes which makes it feel a little strange. I do like the way the Kaweco's write, but it does not have the high quality feel that the other pens do.
The filling system for the Kaweco's is the worst of the bunch. It can ONLY use Mini International carts. Kaweco does have its own carts (and the ink in them is FANTASTIC), but they only hold a very little amount of ink and you are limited on what inks you can use. It is possible to refill the used carts with your choice of inks, but this is a bit fiddly and messy. The tradeoff on with the great small Kaweco's is you are limited to carts. Bit of a pain, but I think it's a fair compromise.

Sailor 14k Gold Nib - Hard-Bold - Ahh yes, Sailor nibs. They are well talked about here on FPN. They are often boasted as being the smoothest nibs currently being made. While I am not sure on this claim, I do know the HB nib is very smooth, with a little bit of feedback to let you know you are writing. The sweet spot on the HB is fairly large, so it is rather forgiving on the writing angle. To be honest, writing with the Sailor HB Nib is a treat. It feels great and works well. No skipping, hard starts or anything. The flow is not wet and not dry either. The line comes out to what i think is a nice width, not too thin and not too thick. It's just right. The only detractor from the HB nib is how stiff it is. There is no spring to it. It's as hard as a nail. This isn't a deal breaker, but I think with a bit of spring this nib could have been the best in the world!
Filling system is either Sailor Carts or a converter (convert comes with the pen). I don't mind converts in Fountain Pens, they seem to work well. Only detractor is the relatively small capacity, but that's not a huge issue.

Sailor 14k Gold Nib - Hard-Medium - My experience with the HM nib is very similar to the HB. The HM nib is smooth, however it has a bit more feedback than the MB nib and a smaller sweet spot. This can lead people to think the nib is scratchy, which it isn't. You have to be a bit more careful to hold the nib at the right angle, or the feedback will increase a bit and the line width will narrow. The line width is pretty thin, but not spindly. I think it is just a bit too thin for my ideal width, but still pretty good. The flow, same as the HB, is not wet and not dry. It is slightly less wet than the HB nib, but nothing that really impacts using the pen.
Filling is the same as above.

Lamy Studio 14k F Gold Nib - It's been said over and over on FPN that the Lamy Gold nibs run a bit thicker than their steel brethren, and based on my experience I would say that is true. The nib writes about the same width as the Lamy M nibs, maybe a little bit thinner. This is the PERFECT width for me and is a dream. The nib is as smooth on the paper as the Salior nibs, with slightly less feedback. The sweet spot on this nib is far bigger than even the Sailors HB nib, so it is very forgiving of the angle of the nib. Flow is really good, maybe a little on the wet side. The nib is nice and springy, not stiff, giving a fantastic writing experience. To be honest it is pure bliss with the Lamy nib.
The fiolling system with the Lamy Studio is either Lamy Carts or the converter. Lamy's ink colours aren't the best (Blue-Black and Turquise are good, the rest are just OK), but the included converter works well. All up the filling system on the Studio is pretty good.

Lamy 2000 14k F Gold Nib - If the Lamy Studio's nib is bliss, The 2000's nib is heaven. It is out of this world. Smooth, crisp, springy, it ash it all. All I can really say about this nib is - You Need It! I can find no faults AT ALL with the nib, and it is perfect on all paper. The 2000's nib is better than the Saliors.
The filling system on the 2000 is Piston - You unscrew the end-cap on the end of the body (you REALLY have to look to see it on the 2000, it is almost impossible to see the end IS separate to the rest), put the nib into some ink, and then screw the end-cap back down and the ink is sucked into the pen. HUGE ink capacity in the 2000 (something like 2.6ml) so you won't run out of ink any time soon! The only problem with the 2000 and the piston is the ink Window in the body is a bit hard to use, but this is not the end of the world.

Noodlers Konrad - Ahh the Konrad. A cheap little pen with so much promise. First thing I will say, and I have said it before, if you are buying any Noodlers pen and expect it to work perfectly out of the box YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG. The Noodlers pens are MADE to be fiddled with. Out of the box not many of the 11 Noodlers we have at home wrote well. After I spent some time with them and cleaned them, tweaked them, and tweaked them some more they are fantastic pens, better than most pens worth many times their price. The nibs are simple Steel things, and the more they get used the easier the flex becomes and the smoother they get. They aren't the smoothest nibs, but they are fairly good. With no pressure you can write an EEF line, with moderate pressure you can get a good F-M line, and with a bit more pressure (and if you have tweaked it right) you can get a really thick smooth line (take a look at my picture above). While the Noodlers will never equal the nibs on the Sailors or the Lamy's, it does a FANTASTIC job compared to other pens in the Midrange.
With Time and effort you can get a great pen, more than worthy of the title of a mid level pen. But you have to accept you NEED to put the time in. This will also give you a much clearer idea of what happens in the a fountain pen and how it works. For a $20 pen, the Noodlers are a total steal!

CONCLUSSION
So there we have it. I have judged these popular mid range pens against each other. In all honesty they are all great pens.

The Kaweco, while not the greatest writer, is a great travel pen to take on the go. I use it while writing notes for my stories on the train each day, and when taking notes when I am out at the shops.

The Sailors are great value pens with very smooth nibs. They are a bit more picky than the Lamy nibs, but that's not such a bad thing. They are great every day writers for all types of paper.

The Lamys are absolute stars. The quality of them is undeniable. The nibs are fantastic. I use my Lamys for more special writing tasks, like copying my story notes and writing draft versions of my stories into good quality journals. I do pick them up for more every day tasks as well, and they are great for that too, but I feel such great pens are better suited to the more special tasks ;)

The Noodlers pens are every day writers. Use them all day every day for short notes to pages of text. This is where they excel.

All up, all these pens are great. But If I have to rank my favorites it would be like this:
  • Lamy 2000
  • Lamy Studio 14k F Nib & Sailor 1911m 14k HB
  • Sailor 1911m 14k HM
  • Kaweco AL Sport

Value for money wise, I think the best 2 are the Kaweco AL Sport and the Lamy 2000. Both are worth a lot more than they sell for. The Lamy Studio and Sailor 1911m are both worth their price, but not much more.


Noodlers pens are a hard one to judge. At $20 plus some work they are a total steal. But much more than $20 and people start to complain that they need work to get them writing how they like them. I honestly think, if Noodlers was selling the Ahab's at $80 - $100 each, and they wrote well from the box (and were otherwise the same in terms of customisability) then they would still be great value. They are nice, solid pens.

So, there we have my comparison. Let me know what you think,. I am sure some people won't like my opinions, but they are what they are. If you have any questions, let me know :)

Edited by msolok, 26 February 2013 - 11:14.

Currently collection:Lamy Safari's x5, Lamy Al Star's x3, Lamy Studio's x2, A Lamy 2000, Kaweco Sports/AL Sports x7, Noodlers pens (Konrad and Ahab) x10, Noodlers Konrad Ebonite x2, Hero 616 x10, Reform 1745 x10, Sailor 1911m x2, Sailor 1911 Realo x3, Sailor Pro Gear Realo x2, Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black, Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver, Visconti Opera Club Cherry Juice (M Dreamtouch Nib), Visconti Opera Elements x3 (Amber and Black with M Dreamtouch Nib, Blue with M Gold Nib), Visconti Homo Sapiens Steel Age Maxi, Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age, Montblanc 146 Le Grande... Plus I am sure I have forgotten some.


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#2 Namo

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:44

Nice review, thank you! Did you actually measured the L2K ink capacity? It seems a bit overestimated IMO.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 14:14

Awesome review!
Thanks for the sharing. :)

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 14:55

Great reviews! You're really making it hard for me to choose my next purchase, I'm even backtracking on my intentions to get a Pelikan!

VirtuThe3rd, you're only making my situation that much more difficult to come to a decision. :P
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 21:35

Namo: Thanks. No I didn't accurately measure the 2000's ink capacity. I based my numbers on some fairly accurate tests others here have done. One thread in particular:
http://www.fountainp...87#entry1086587
I did a REALLY inaccurate test of filling the 2000, empting the ink into a container and sucking it up with a Syringe and seeing how much was in it. This ended me up with a syringe filled to within a ballpark figure of what was reported in the other thread.
While it does seem to be a rather large amount of ink in the Lamy 2000, it is a farily large pen with a piston filler. It's ink capacity far exceeds what can be stored in a normal Cart or Converter. I am happy to be corrected on the amount of ink though :)

VirtuThe3rd: Thanks for that. I am actually waiting on a Sailor Pro Gear Realo in Maroon/Bordeaux red with a HM 21k Gold Nib. I will post up my impressions of it once it gets here, but it is more expensive than the other pens here (worth around $250).

koofle: The only logical conclusion is to buy them all! :P
I know what you mean, and it was a problem I was having when trying to decide on a good mid-range pen. The info out there was saying they are all good (and they are!) but there was no real comparison between them. I was hoping that this review would give good side-by-side impressions of each of these popular midranges.
I wish I had a Pelikan or Pilot, or any number of other midrange pens to add to the comparison (If anyone has a desire to send me a mid-range pen to compare, I am more than happy to oblige :P), but I only have so many at this stage. The Pelikan pens that would fit into the Mid-range category are the M200 series, as they seem to go for around $110. This means it is in a direct price-to-price competition with the Lamy 2000 and Sailor 1911m.
My honest option is, the BEST midrange pen depends on what you are after. if you travel a lot then the Kaweco is perfect. If you want old school styling and a classic daily writer, the Sailors fit right in. If you are after a more modern look with nothing flash, as well as a fantastic daily writer, the Lamy 2000 or Lamy Studio are the pens to go.

Currently collection:Lamy Safari's x5, Lamy Al Star's x3, Lamy Studio's x2, A Lamy 2000, Kaweco Sports/AL Sports x7, Noodlers pens (Konrad and Ahab) x10, Noodlers Konrad Ebonite x2, Hero 616 x10, Reform 1745 x10, Sailor 1911m x2, Sailor 1911 Realo x3, Sailor Pro Gear Realo x2, Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black, Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver, Visconti Opera Club Cherry Juice (M Dreamtouch Nib), Visconti Opera Elements x3 (Amber and Black with M Dreamtouch Nib, Blue with M Gold Nib), Visconti Homo Sapiens Steel Age Maxi, Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age, Montblanc 146 Le Grande... Plus I am sure I have forgotten some.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 17:23

Nice comparison review! While I only have experience with three of the pens in the review, the Studio, 2000, and Noodlers, your descriptions of those three match my own impressions perfectly and gives confidence in your assessment of the other pens in the group.

One wonders if after the world ends the only things surviving will be cockroaches and most of the Lamy 2000s ever produced. A true workhorse of a pen.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 23:26

Namo: Thanks. No I didn't accurately measure the 2000's ink capacity. I based my numbers on some fairly accurate tests others here have done. One thread in particular:
http://www.fountainp...87#entry1086587
I did a REALLY inaccurate test of filling the 2000, empting the ink into a container and sucking it up with a Syringe and seeing how much was in it. This ended me up with a syringe filled to within a ballpark figure of what was reported in the other thread.
While it does seem to be a rather large amount of ink in the Lamy 2000, it is a farily large pen with a piston filler. It's ink capacity far exceeds what can be stored in a normal Cart or Converter. I am happy to be corrected on the amount of ink though :)


I did the same test with a 2K and I really don't see how the pen could hold 2.6 ml of ink. I did twice exactly the same thning you did and I have a result of 1.6 ml - which is good, by the way.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:52

vondauster: I think I agree. I can see it now, Lamy 2000's ruling the world!!!!

Namo: No idea. As I said, I went off the other post I linked above and my own inaccurate test. It's very likely the Syringes used were not accurate, and the method used to is very inaccurate in itself. I suppose it could be as low as 1.6ml (which I agree is plenty) but really not sure. Until Lamy shares these specs we can only speculate.

Currently collection:Lamy Safari's x5, Lamy Al Star's x3, Lamy Studio's x2, A Lamy 2000, Kaweco Sports/AL Sports x7, Noodlers pens (Konrad and Ahab) x10, Noodlers Konrad Ebonite x2, Hero 616 x10, Reform 1745 x10, Sailor 1911m x2, Sailor 1911 Realo x3, Sailor Pro Gear Realo x2, Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black, Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver, Visconti Opera Club Cherry Juice (M Dreamtouch Nib), Visconti Opera Elements x3 (Amber and Black with M Dreamtouch Nib, Blue with M Gold Nib), Visconti Homo Sapiens Steel Age Maxi, Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age, Montblanc 146 Le Grande... Plus I am sure I have forgotten some.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:38

Thanks, the review was very good.
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 13:22

Namo: No idea. As I said, I went off the other post I linked above and my own inaccurate test. It's very likely the Syringes used were not accurate, and the method used to is very inaccurate in itself. I suppose it could be as low as 1.6ml (which I agree is plenty) but really not sure. Until Lamy shares these specs we can only speculate.


My guess is that some typing mistake occured. Member MYU give a numer of 1.4ml, which seems to be more realistic for a piston filler of this size. Have a look at this thread. This being said, your review is really nice and informative. I like comparisons!

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:47

One thing I like about my Lamy Studio quite a lot is that the nibs are easily swapped out and replaced. I bought a blue Lamy Studio recently with a fine nib and it was horrible - the ink practically bled out of the nib onto the page in a ragged stream, quite different (and much worse) than other Lamy fine nibs I have used, even in the one my Royal Red Lamy Studio (identical apart from color). I didn't want to give up on the pen so I bought a few Lamy nibs and swapped them into the pen. I didn't like the left hand nib either (even though I write left-handed) but the extra-fine nib worked really, really well and now my blue Lamy Studio is my main pen.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:10

Just thought I would give a bit of an update to this thread now that I have received the Sailor Pro Gear Realo with a M nib. The box is identical to the other sailor pens, but I found the pen looked more substantial in it (due to it being a bit bigger than the other Sailors). For some reason sitting next to it in the box where a Sailor converter, and under the fake floor of the box were 2 ink carts. No idea why as they have no use in this pen, as it is a Piston Filler.

Now, I know this pen is worth more than the other Mid-Range pens in this review (in fact, the Realo is available at most places for $320 - $370, so is more than twice the price of the Lamy 2000. Of course better deals can be gotten from eBay), so I am not going to give a full rundown of it. However I do think it's important to give my impressions of the pen. First off it is very nice. Looks and feels to be good quality. Nice and sturdy in your hands. But, and this was not something I noticed from picture online, it bears a striking resemblance to the Lamy. Yes, it is made from different materials and is shiny and has a full nib, but the general shape of it while caped is pretty much identical. Once uncapped they do look different though.
Anyway, the sailor does feel good and substantial, however the Lamy somehow feels sturdier in the hand. It could be the lack of shiny surface, but to my the Lamy feels to be far better quality. It's not a huge difference, but it's there.
As for the writing performance, the Sailor is a very nice writer. I have found the 21k Sailor nibs to have a bit more spring to them than the 14k ones. This gives a better, softer writing experience. There is not quiet as much as the Lamy gold nibs, but it's not far off. In all honesty, it's hard to split the Lamy 2000 and the Sailor Pro Gear Realo in writing performance, but I think the Lamy does inch ahead. This could be due to the slight more spring in the nib, or the general feel of the pen, but I feel the lamy does write a slight bit better.

So all up, I think the Sailor Pro Gear Realo (and I guess this extends to the 1911 Realo as it's basically just the pen shape that changes) is a great pen. Is really nice to use and is good quality. However, and this is a hard call, I do think the Lamy 2000 is the better pen. It just FEELS better to me. I'm not saying the Sailor isn't worth the price, because it certainly is. It's just the Lamy 2000 is a hard pen to beat!

Currently collection:Lamy Safari's x5, Lamy Al Star's x3, Lamy Studio's x2, A Lamy 2000, Kaweco Sports/AL Sports x7, Noodlers pens (Konrad and Ahab) x10, Noodlers Konrad Ebonite x2, Hero 616 x10, Reform 1745 x10, Sailor 1911m x2, Sailor 1911 Realo x3, Sailor Pro Gear Realo x2, Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black, Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver, Visconti Opera Club Cherry Juice (M Dreamtouch Nib), Visconti Opera Elements x3 (Amber and Black with M Dreamtouch Nib, Blue with M Gold Nib), Visconti Homo Sapiens Steel Age Maxi, Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age, Montblanc 146 Le Grande... Plus I am sure I have forgotten some.







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