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Sailor Sapporo Zoom Nib -- a 3x5 review


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#1 katfisch

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 16:26

I got this pen from PenGallery in Malasia during their New Years sale a few weeks ago -- about $93 plus $15 shipping. It puts down a wide wet line rightside up, with some variability in line width depending on the angle of the nib to the paper (which is the "zoom" feature). It has a beautiful stiff 14k nib and writes well upside down with a much finer line. I'll be using this pen when I'm feeling the need for penmanship machismo.
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#2 andrewboy

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 19:45

QUOTE (katfisch @ Feb 22 2009, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I got this pen from PenGallery in Malasia during their New Years sale a few weeks ago -- about $93 plus $15 shipping. It puts down a wide wet line rightside up, with some variability in line width depending on the angle of the nib to the paper (which is the "zoom" feature). It has a beautiful stiff 14k nib and writes well upside down with a much finer line. I'll be using this pen when I'm feeling the need for penmanship machismo.
SailorSapporoZoom_3x5review.jpg

Thanks for this review. I have been fascinated with this nib since I first saw one advertised. Do you find it difficult to maintain consistency in writing with it? I tend to move my pen about quite a bit, so I may struggle!

#3 RevAaron

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 19:53

What are the differences between teh low, medium, and high angles? I tried a Naginata Togi with a similar feature- low angles made for a thicker line- but in my normal range of holds it made no differences. To get the wider line I had to hold the pen down very low, in a way that was impossible to control. I'm guessing the Zoom gets the same line variation without having to position the pen so severely?
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#4 lightweaver

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 20:14

Nice little review. I've also been wondering about the Zoom nib, but been hesitant to give it a try. Nice to actually see how the nib writes.

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#5 katfisch

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 04:06

QUOTE (RevAaron @ Feb 22 2009, 01:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What are the differences between teh low, medium, and high angles? I tried a Naginata Togi with a similar feature- low angles made for a thicker line- but in my normal range of holds it made no differences. To get the wider line I had to hold the pen down very low, in a way that was impossible to control. I'm guessing the Zoom gets the same line variation without having to position the pen so severely?

Here's another 3x5 card with more samples of the Zoom line variability. As the photos of the nib show, there's a flat writing surface ground onto the top of the nib which makes write like a fine nib, when inverted.










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