The Sailor "1911" fountain pen is named as such because 1911 was the year that the pen company was founded by Kyugoro Sakata. The 1911 features a 21 karat gold nib available in an array of nib choices (EF, F, F/M, M, B, Music and Zoom nibs) and come in 4 colors: navy blue, black, burgundy and forest green. These full sized pens measure at 5 3/8" in length with the cap on and are nicely packaged along with 2 ink cartridges and a converter. Now, for some pics.
The one I opted for was a burgundy model with a medium nib. As is typical with most pens of Japanese manufacture, the nibs run narrower than European and American nibs, so my medium 1911 writes more like a fine (compared to brands like Pelikan, Lamy, Parker, Sheaffer & Waterman). Here's a closer picture of the nib and the cap showing the Sailor's anchor logo.
In the pictures above, The pen's color appears darker than it actually is, but these two pics show what the color looks like under indoor light and outdoor light.
And finally, a size comparison: Waterman Charleston, Pelikan M215, Sailor 1911 and a Pilot Knight.
The cap, clip and barrel are very well crafted and even though the burgundy color and overall design doesn't have the razzle dazzle look of some Italian pens currently on the market, the Sailor 1911 has an elegant and timeless "classic" look which I find very appealing. Despite being a "full sized" pen, the 1911 isn't heavy. If you're used to writing with slimmer or "small sized" pens like the Pelikan M400, you'll find the standard 1911 a bit on the wider side and perhaps the Sailor M1911 would be a better option. Nevertheless, the pen is a sweet writer. The nib on this thing is exquisitely smooth. If I could describe how smooth it lays down a line, I'd say it was like butter. The medium nib on my Sailor writes more like a fine, but it sure is a pleasure to write with. I can already tell this pen will be seeing alot of use.
Edited by Apollo, 11 September 2005 - 01:07.