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  1. cgreenberg19

    Sailor 1911 Standard

    Overview: The Sailor 1911 is my first pen from the brand. I've been reluctant to but a Sailor pen because everybody I've known who has purchased one of these pens had immediately gotten five more and I can't say I'm an exception. I picked this pen up yesterday as a bit of an impulse buy, I had been looking at the Sailor two tine music nib for a while wondering what it was all about. It turns out it behaves in my particular case less like a stub and more like a really broad round nib, which I like a lot. It's also a bit like their zoom nib where if you hold the nib perpendicular to the paper it writes differently then when the angle is decreased. The pen is very good looking; I like the yellow in contrast with the black. It's no secret, I really like this pen. Writing Experience: The pen writes incredibly well. If you like wet stubby broads this nib will be for you. On the paper it has just a pleasant amount of feedback, enough to know you're writing with a fountain pen, but not so much that it becomes unpleasant. It's a 14 karat gold nib with the Sailor "1911" stamped on it. It's a pretty rigid nib, but I don't tend to flex my pens so much so it's not an issue for me. The nib is marked MS on the right side. The nib does use a lot of ink and sailor converters really aren't by any means high capacity. When writing with this pen I've found myself running dry in about one and a half normal size pages, so if you don't like carrying a bottle of ink around with you I would suggest going with a finer nib, or the pen or getting the Realo which is a piston filler, however that comes at a larger price. Design: I like the looks of this pen. Like many other Japanese pens the design is minimal which I don't mind. The pen features the Sailor stair step clip which does add a bit of design to a part of the pen where it would be otherwise pretty bland. The black ends go nicely with the yellow cap and barrel. One part of the design that isn't so great is the converter. It has a very low ink capacity and with a nib like this it is far less than ideal. I've found that the nib runs dry in about one and a half pages, so a finer nib might be a good choice on this pen. The overall nib deign is very pretty. It mimics a Montblanc nib, but is not a strait out rip off of one. It also features the classic sailor anchor in the middle of the nib. I have not one thing against the way this pen writes. Presentation: From what I can gather like many Japanese brands like Sailor don't go too far with the packaging on their sub $500 offerings whereas over $500 dollars the boxes can cost as much as them pens inside of them. This pen is no exception; it comes in a standard Sailor branded blue box with the cardboard outer sleeve. I really like how the outer sleeve has a cutout it it so you can see the Sailor name and logo. It serves no functional purpose, but it's nice attention to detail. The pen comes with two Sailor Jentle Black cartridges and a converter. In addition the pen comes with a use and care guide that's mostly in Japanese. The pen itself comes in a plastic bag nestled in the velvet interior of the box. The presentation is strait ahead, but I'm not a fan of excessive packaging if the pen you purchased is just a pen that you are keeping for yourself and not gifting on to somebody else. Pros/Cons: The 1911 is a nice gateway into the Sailor line of fountain pens. In the United States the 1911 is Sailor's least expensive offering. In Japan Sailor also offers a lower priced gold nibbed pen called the Promenade which I do have my eye on. The nib also writes extremely well. I haven't had any issues with skipping or ink starvation. The clip is also just springy enough to put into a shirt pocket and have it stay put and not too hard so that it won't give with a lot of force. The one thing that I really don't like about the pen is the converter as well as the fact that buying the piston filler is $150 more than the standard model. I don't thing the converter would be as much as an issue with a finer nib, so it may just be my particular configuration. At the end of the day, even the converter issue seems insignificant. Pens left to right: Pelikan M1000, Lamy Safari USA Edition, Montblanc 146, Sailor 1911 Standard, Visconti Breeze Blueberry. Nib photo Writing Sample Sailor 1911

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