First Impression :
I add a Sapporo to my collection recently and am extremely happy with its performance. In the process, i have decided to purchase another Sailor, a red 1911M with EF nib. While waiting for its delivery from Japan, i spotted this pen on ebay from the same seller and decided to purchase it outright. There was no extra postage incurred with delivery.
The package was delivered to my work place in five days after the seller emailed the tracking number with EMS. I could not help but opened it at work. Luckily that was towards the end of my shift. The Chalana was brand new, in its original box, with a converter and two extra cartridges.
Appearance and finish:
The Chalana is ultra slim, perhaps even slimmer than a ballpoint pen. The most eye-catching part of the pen is the red Urushi Lacquer finish with chrome trim. As this is the first pen in my collection with Urushi Lacquer finish, it really stands up among the other pens in my collection.
The ultra slim body measures approximately 7mm in maximal diameter. The clip is gold plated. When standing next to the Sailor Sapporo, this pen is 5mm shorter capped or posted. Its height is 122mm when capped. It makes the Sapporo looks like 'Arnold S' of pens. The Chalana is light to carry but surprisingly heavy for its size probably because of the metal body.
Nib Design and Performance:
The manufacturing date for this pen is possibly in the 1970's. It comes with a 14K EF nib. Modern Chalana comes with 18K EF nib. The physical dimension of the nib is roughly equivalent to one-third the size of a 14K Sailor Sapporo nib or Size 5 Pilot nib. I filled the pen with Diamine Monaco Red and road tested it. The nib is smooth as butter and writes a true EF line with medium flow. It is just as smooth as the two other Sailor 14K EF nibs in my collection.
The filling system is a converter. It functions more like a 'plunger' and draws ink as the piston is withdrawn. It holds less ink comparing to a standard Sailor converter.
I am not sure of the MRSP for this pen or the price for modern version of the Chalana. I paid approximately the same price for it as my new Sailor 1911M, US80.00.
This pen is not for everyone. It has been advertised as a pen for ladies on ebay. As a bloke wearing size 8 gloves, i have to use this pen posted. I am not troubled by its slim size at all, as i believe it is not that much slimmer than a baller, which i have been using for the last thirty years. In fact, i can write faster with this pen than with any other pen in my collection. Another beauty of the pen is, i can now fit an extra pen along with my Sapporo in my shirt pocket without causing undue stress to it.
Edited by thw, 21 May 2007 - 12:47.