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Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver, MF
Posted 22 March 2008 - 19:11
When I bought this, I thought of it as the ultimate pen, without any needless jewels, artificial scarcity, or brand name. Later, I came to the realization that for me, an ultimate pen must be piston-filled, but this is very close. Unfortunately, the manufacturers design the pens, not the consumers, but I’ve found myself liking this pen very much despite the conventional filling system. Mine is the older version of the pen, with a trim ring at the grip and the old, simple nib engraving (which I think looks much better, hence the effort to make sure it was this particular model).
Build Quality: 10/10
Sailor’s pens really shine in this category, their pens are top-notch. The trim bands are etched in around the edges to give them more depth in appearance. The clip is its own piece, not a cheap contraption attached to a ring. The body and grip are sealed with an o-ring, just in case. After seeing the attention to detail that Sailor applies to its resin models, I was curious about what they would do with a Sterling silver one. Unfortunately, it is a snap-cap, but it clips on firmly with some metal leaves in the cap. Everything fits together perfectly. The finish is hand-polished, and is smooth enough to be reflective, but also matte enough to not show scratches and fingerprints so clearly. The cap has an imprint saying “sterling silver .925.” It came with a nice velvet-lined balsa box, too.
Grip, Balance, and Feel: 10/10
It is a little heavy, being a metal pen. But this is not very noticeable unless you write with it posted, and even in that case, it’s still very well-balanced. It does not appear that the cap scratches the body very much when posting, despite the all-metal interior of the cap. The absence of threads is a real plus in this category: the grip is smooth, uninterrupted, and comfortable. It’s not an oversized wide grip, but it has a comfortable size.
Filling System: 6/10
Cartridge/converter… so boring. But at least it is functional and reliable. Sailor uses a different size of converter, that has a wider mouth to keep the ink flow up. It seems to work well, as I’ve never had any problems with skipping, and this pen is particularly good about starting up immediately after being uncapped for a while, or left alone for a few days. But that is most likely an attribute to the feed.
This is my favorite nib in my collection. It is incredibly smooth, with just a tiny bit of feedback to remind you of its presence. I’m not the type who likes tooth, I want my nibs as smooth as they can be, but this is really the perfect feel. It feels expertly-made, not just like a crude hunk of machined iridium, like so many others do. This nib feels personal, which it is true, as all Sailor nibs are handmade and hand-tested. The company has really done a stellar job with this: Montblanc is the only other company who makes their own nibs of which I have a pen from, and it does not come close to paralleling this masterpiece of craftsmanship. The lines the Sailor nib makes are wet, clear, and dark, but also precise and even. Many pens make lines with fuzzy edges, but not so with the Sailor. This large-sized nib (Within Sailor’s lineup, that is. Larger than the 1911m) is 21k gold, the highest karat value I know of in any modern pen. This does not translate into a better writing feel, but it is a nice touch. There is very little flexibility to this nib, and only if you press rather hard. It is not meant for ornate writing, but it does make regular writing a more pleasurable experience than I could expect to experienced elsewhere. The size I got is the Medium-Fine, a size unique to Sailor. It is approximately the size of a western fine, perhaps a little larger. This size has proved for me to be the perfect size for any occasion: bold enough to be noticed, but fine enough for most small writing. The thinner size of the nib also makes its smoothness all the more remarkable. I can honestly say that I have encountered no match for this nib.
These seem to be discontinued now, but they are still easy to find. They run for about $300, I got mine for that much from Swisher Pens. For a Sterling Silver pen with an amazing nib and executive build quality, I would consider this a good value.
Posted 22 March 2008 - 21:16
Blue ink is especially well-suited to this pen. I have used Sailor Blue in mine, but I can imagine other blue inks looking equally nice when paired with the shiny silver body of the pen.
Edited by CharlieB, 22 March 2008 - 21:21.
"The moment he opened the refrigerator, he saw it. Caponata! Fragrant, colorful, abundant, it filled an entire soup dish, enough for at least four people.... The notes of the triumphal march of Aida came spontaneously, naturally, to his lips." -- Andrea Camilleri, Excursion to Tindari, p. 212
Posted 23 March 2008 - 13:42
Edited by encremental, 23 March 2008 - 13:42.
Posted 23 March 2008 - 19:01
Edited by Tsujigiri, 23 March 2008 - 19:04.
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 17:05
This has been on my lust list for a long time, but I seem to have stalled on pen buying at the moment whilst I count the pennies.
I am sure that there will be one of these in my future.
Posted 23 December 2008 - 22:24
Must post a scan to see if other users have the same size of lines etc..
Edited by kubalai, 23 December 2008 - 22:26.
“We are civilized people. We do not have to conduct ourselves like a slob."
Posted 24 December 2008 - 12:08
Posted 24 December 2008 - 18:54
Be strong! It is a great pen, but I like the Pelikan m1000, which I got for the same price, a little better mainly because it is piston-filled. Imagine what a Sailor piston-filled pen would be like!
Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:43
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 11:53
it would be very nice if this pen was available in a piston filler. and maybe a two-tone nib like the one on the pro gear...
Posted 13 September 2010 - 12:35
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 23:32
J. Kenneth Byrd, Jr.
The Tar Heel State--GO HEELS!
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Posted 30 March 2011 - 14:22
I've just been looking at a Realo and thought I'd come and read a review of something similar. Now that I've been reminded of the merits C/Cs hold, I could be torn...
Okay I have found my new grail pen. What a beautiful, though slightly understated pen. It is not as in your face as a MB. Are they readily available? I have to start saving up for this beauty
Pilot VP dry? That'll explain the unsatisfying lack of wetness.
Magnanimity & Pragmatism
Posted 10 April 2012 - 20:11
Tell me about any of your new pens and help with fountain pen quality control research!