I received my Sailor Sapporo (fine nib) in perfect condition, sealed and in a box, with converter and cartridge. It is beautiful - classically elegant with understated black resin and silver rhodium trim. It has a silver cap band that says Sailor Japan Founded 1911, a nicely shaped and engraved silver tone 14K nib, and the anchor logo on the cap end. I think it looks perfect.
The Sapporo is a bit short, about 4.3" uncapped, a respectable 5.7" when posted, and 4.8" capped. Below is a photo comparing it to a Waterman Phileas. Posted or unposted, it is nicely balanced for me - I have small hands but I don't like thin sections. The section is comfortably sized. Unposted, it may be too short for big hands.
This is without a doubt the smoothest nib I have ever tried! It glides across paper without being slippery. I barely need apply any pressure at all for it to write. It's not too wet or dry, but just exactly right. I can't imagine it getting any better than this. The fine nib writes a Western fine, even though it is a Japanese pen. This pen is such a pleasure to write with, and very easy to use, not picky at all about writing angle. It's perfect.
I love it! It's perfect! I won't be searching for another "ideal" pen for a while; I'll just shop for inexpensive ones for fun. I got this pen the same time I got the Phileas so I can't appreciate the Phileas as much. The Sapporo is just in a different class. I'm afraid it has spoiled me.
Edited by artaddict, 02 July 2007 - 18:55.