I'm glad your purchase worked out! ("AsianTreasureHunt" on eBay is Engeika for anyone who doesn't know.)
Your new pen day will be exciting. Others have already described the pen for you - but I'll add my opinions. The pen feels small at first, but that's OK if you're expecting it. (I wasn't.) The cap posts very well, though, so it's quite a usable pen. I only have one Sailor (1911s EF) but I would say its nib is as good as a Pilot EF which is a compliment. My first purchase was plagued with the gold plating issues that have been posted here previously and I had to return it... so be sure to check your pen thoroughly before unsealing it. In my case the issue was rather severe discoloration on the cap band plating. The second one sent to me was good though.
The pen feels well made, with a construction quality similar to Pilot. It feels more like a Pilot Custom pen, overall, than a Platinum 3776 -- including the nib feel. Mine does, anyway.
I think all 3 Japanese brands are about the same level of manufacturing quality but some rank higher in some ways than others. Platinum wins the cap game with the slip & seal mechanism. Pilot is hit or miss on sealed caps -- mostly hit.... My Sailor 1911 -- you can blow right through it. My nib has never dried out though so it seems OK.
Pilot Custom & Heritage pens have a solid cap band bumps (or balls.) I love this. Platinum has a small hole. My 1911 is just folded over unfilled metal.
Platinum 3776 offers the largest nib for the price and they are generous with the gold. They are big, thick nibs... Pilot's nibs are the springiest of the three --- but sometimes Pilot punches holes out of the top part of a nib to save gold! Sailor 14k is just a little firmer than Pilot, but there's no cost cutting hole punched out in Sailor or Platinum nibs.
I've had 5 Platinum 3776 pens - UEF, EF, F, SF, B. I'm surprised anyone would call them springy. The SF is a little springy (but offers almost no line variation - just a nib that bounces with pressure.) Most of them are what I would consider very firm.
I've had problems with all 3 brands in terms of arriving with tines that were overly tight, causing restricted ink flow. It's easy to fix, but it makes it hard for me to recommend them to people without warning.
All 3 brands have seams in the grip section but Pilot and Sailor buff them out very well to where they are hardly noticed... The 3776, though, has pronounced seams that you feel under your finger.
I love all 3 brands:
Pilot wins in terms of offering the most value, and I appreciate that their pens can take the CON-70 for a solid 1ml of ink.
Sailor wins in terms of style. They're always doing new special editions and interesting colors. It's the priciest brand though, given that the entry pens 1911s/pro-gear slim are small.
Platinum wins for having a unique nib feel. My Platinum pens have a certain feedback that I don't get in the Sailor & my Pilots... Sometimes it's a little offputting at first, but once I get used to it -- my Sailor and Pilot pens feel a little tame in comparison.
I feel like Sailor has the most dedicated fans for some reason... but I'm a Pilot guy. I'm thinking of buying a 1911 large and a Pro Gear Standard just to have larger versions... but I do enjoy the size of the 1911. It's cute. Oddly it's only 1/8th of an inch shorter than a 3776 Century unposted and 1/4 inch shorter posted. So it's not THAT much smaller, and yet in my head -- it is. Strange.
I love Japanese pens. =)
I look forward to your review of your Sailor!!
Edited by JunkyardSam, 25 April 2017 - 22:51.