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  1. Recursion

    Sailor 1911 Large 

    This pen was ordered for me by a friend as a gift. It took almost 3 months to get to me as La Couronne du Comte (Dutch retailer) lists a lot of products on their site without actually having it in stock. But that aside as this is not a store review. I already had a Sailor Pro Gear Slim (the blue/green nebula) with a 14kt fine nib, this nib writes lovely and has the famous pencil like feedback. But alas this pen is way too small and finicky for my hands and writing style. So, I was curious how the bigger brother of the Pro Gear Slim would write, and I was lucky enough to be able to select this pen as a gift. So, the facts: Manufacturer: Sailor Model: 1911 Large Rhodium trim Material: Black acrylic (injection molded) Nib: Sailor 21kt Gold (H-MF) Filling system: Cartridge/converter Capped: 141 mm Uncapped: 123 mm Posted: 153 mm Section: 10 - 11 mm ______________________________________________________________________ Appearance & Design - Classic cigar-shaped design The pen has the same classic cigar-shaped design as so many others. I went for the rhodium trims as this fits a black pen better, in my opinion. The engraving on the cap band is crisp and unintrusive (unlike the engraving of e.g., the Platinum #3776). The clip has a nice 3 stepped design, and this gives it quite a classical look. The clip is quite springy and effortlessly slides in a shirt pocket. The nib has beautiful scrollwork and is a bit on the small site for this pen (more on this in the nib section). A good, understated design for in a business environment. Construction & Quality – Well build but has improving opportunities The threading on this pen (cap as well as barrel) is smooth. The glossy injection molded acrylic is a real fingerprint magnet and is surprisingly easily scratched. The pen posts very securely and is not back weighted. Writing with this pen posted for me it’s more balanced than unposted. The cap comes off with just over 2 full turns, which is not that great for quick note taking. Weight & Dimensions – Lightweight and on the smaller side. This pen is on the smaller side of things and unposted it’s almost too small for my hands. It’s ok to take a view quick notes with it unposted, but for longer writing I really need to post the pen. As I said before the pen has a very good balance when posted. The section could do with a bit more girth for my taste, but is not uncomfortably small (like e.g. a Pro Gear Slim). Although it has quite a view metal parts it’s still relatively light. Nib & Performance – Lovely and precise The 21kt gold hard medium-fine (H-MF) nib writes lovely and has the (in)famous pencil like feedback. It performs well, never had a hard start or any skipping. It is fitted with a plastic feed but still lays down a good amount of ink. The nib is not flexible but has enough bounce to it. The nib is decorated with lovely scrollwork and the Sailor anker logo. The nib is smaller than a standard #6 nib from let’s say Jowo or Bock. But still in proportion to the rest of the pen. But for my personal preferences it could be a bit bigger. Filling System & Maintenance – Cartridge/convertor?? This pen is fitted with a proprietary convertor (or cartridges if you want), the convertor is quite small and only holds a measly 0,45 ml of ink (if you fill it to the brim). That makes that I need to fill this pen quite often and it’s not ideal if I have a lot of meetings in a day. I can’t understand that a pen in this price class does not have a piston filling system of at least a convertor with a higher capacity. The nib lays down a decent amount of ink and this drains the pen quite quickly in my case. Maintaining this pen is as easy and quick as any other convertor fitted pen, the nib is friction fitted so you can disassemble the pen easily (even the convertor if you want). Here is the convertor compared to that of a Leonardo Momento Zero: Cost & Value – Well, it’s not cheap This pen retails for around € 295,- in the Netherlands and considering the size of the pen and the capacity of the convertor this is not a bang for your buck pen in my book. But then there is the quality of the nib that writes precise, reliable and with a smooth pencil like feeling. So yeah, there’s that. Would I replace this pen if it would break? Well, that is a mindboggling question but as I feel now I probably would not. Conclusion – Still one of my favourites The small size and measly ink capacity of this pen aside I really love how this pen writes. Especially on Tomoe River paper this nib really shines for me. Somehow that makes me overlook the “small” problems (pun intended) with this pen and focus on the joy of writing a long letter to a dear friend. And let’s be honest, that is what a writing instrument is for 😉
  2. Investigio

    Waterman Glass Cartridge

    Hi all Picked up a nice old Waterman with a glass cartridge and a function rubber seal. Does anyone know if I can use a standard Waterman converter or will I need to eye drop the glass cartridge. Thanks
  3. Hello Friends and Pen Enthusiasts, I plan to manufacture "Luxury HandMade Fountain Pens". I want your suggestions with reference to the following:- 1. Which Material would you suggest I should use? a.) ebonite b.) teak wood c.) resin d.) any other then please suggest. 2. Which NIB is the best in the world. ? a.) Schmidt b.) Bock c.) Jowo d.) any other then please suggest. 3. Which material nib is the best? a.) Steel b.) Gold c.) any other then please suggest. 4. Which is the best ink feeding system in the world? 5. What kind of material should be used for the Clip ? -- a.) Brass b.) any other then please suggest. I sincerely await your inputs or suggestions of any or all of the above points. Incase you believe that I may have missed something crucial or I need to be aware of then please feel free to let me know. In the event you want to suggest something which is different then my thought process mentioned above then too please feel free to share your thoughts. Though I am at an advanced level of conceptualisation, my intent is to create a "TRUE LUXURY PEN" which can be handed down from generations to generations and is extremely high on quality. All Suggestions are welcome. Thanks, Vikas
  4. I have just seen the review of the Rotring Surf pen on Youtube. It looks like a basic pen, with a smooth nib. Does anyone have this pen? If yes, then how cool is it? Here, have a look at the full review first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEM_gAsrMm4
  5. I recently bought my first Ebonite-bodied pen. It is not the first Indian-made fountain pen that I have bought, but it is the first one that I have bought that was not at the low end of the price scale. The pen is the ASA Gama Revolution (link to vendor's page; as I understand, "ASA" is the name of the vendor and "Gama" is the name of a line of fountain pens made by said vendor). I had to wait a few weeks, during which time I assume that the pen was being made, but once it was dispatched by air mail, it arrived in about a week. It came with plenty of packaging: from left to right: outer envelope, bubble wrap, plastic envelope, velvet pouch, cellophane envelope, and inside this last, the pen itself. Ordinarily, I would not have much use for a velvet pouch for a single pen, but as I have heard that Ebonite pens are bleached by exposure to light over a long period, I expect that I shall be using this one to hold the pen when it is out of use. It is a large pen. In fact, I would call it a very large pen, though I know that there are larger ones. This should be evident from the two photographs that follow, in which I have placed it between a Platinum Century 3776 and a Lamy Vista. The dimensions, as given on the vendor's Web site, are as follows: Length, capped: 148 mm Length, posted: 170 mm Average barrel diameter: 14.5 mm Average section diameter: 12 mm Average cap diameter: 16 mm I got the pen with a medium nib. The nib, according to the vendor, is made by JoWo. It is plated in two colors. To my eye, this is rather unfortunate. The photographs on the vendor's site show the pen with a uniformly chrome-colored nib, which seems to me to harmonize much better with the black body and the chrome-colored clip. The nib, as I understand, may be unscrewed from the body for easy replacement, though I have not yet removed it myself. An interesting thing about the feed is that you can actually see right through the vents to the underside of the nib. I have tried, with only partial success, to show this in the photo below. The pen is advertised as having a "3-in-1 filling system." This means that it can be used with cartridges, with a convertor, or with the barrel filled in eyedropper fashion. This option seems to add quite a bit to the price, as fountain pens of similar materials and design are offered by ASA at significantly lower prices. Having heard of the phenomenon of "burping" to which eyedropper-filled pens are prone, I chose to pay a higher price to have the option of using a convertor. The convertor (on the left in the photo below), said to be made by Schmidt, is slightly larger than a standard convertor (on the right), though I don't know if its capacity is any greater. So, how is the pen to use? I will start with the feel of it. Ebonite looks and feels on casual inspection like plastic (or perhaps I should say, like other plastics), but on closer attention seems somehow less hard to the touch than plastic, even though it is assuredly a rigid and unyielding material. To me it feels somehow more hand-friendly than most other materials. So that's one attraction. The cap is not made for quick removal: it requires two and a half turns to remove and to replace. So this pen is not well suited for jotting down short notes. The pen is fairly lightweight, weighing 24 grams with the cap on and the convertor installed and filled, 16.5 grams without the cap. The pen is not unwieldy with the cap posted. I myself tend to prefer to post, and tend to prefer a weight over 20 grams, but I find myself inclined to use this pen unposted. The grip section is wider than those of most pens. I have never yet felt a grip section to be too wide, though I have had many pens whose grip sections were too narrow for my comfort. But for me this pen is right at the limit. I can hold it comfortably enough, but at times I find myself wishing that it were just a bit narrower. Those with smaller hands (mine are of medium size as adult male hands go) will almost certainly find this pen too thick for comfortable use. I find the nib to be reasonably smooth—nothing out of the ordinary, nothing to complain about. Likewise, though not particularly springy, it yields enough to make for comfort in writing. In sum, good but not outstanding. As far as starting ability goes, I have found the pen, so far, to be fairly compliant. If I have used it previously in the day, I can count on it to start laying down ink either immediately or within a few millimeters of the first stroke of the point. If it has been unused overnight, then a stroke or two is required to get it to start. I have never yet had to shake it or tap it to get it to start, though I have not yet left it unused for days at a time. I have left the topic of the appearance of the pen for the end. The plain, nearly featureless design and polished finish are among the distinctive features of the pen. If you don't find these to be attractions, then this pen can be of no interest to you. Gama makes other Ebonite pens with a matte finish. That finish was not an option with this model, but that was fine with me. It is my impression that Ebonite never has that "spanking new" appearance that most new pens have. At least, this pen never had it, and no amount of rubbing with a soft cloth seems able to give it such an appearance. Ebonite just doesn't get that shiny: it seems to look a bit "used" by nature. This, to my mind, agrees with its peculiar feel, so that the pen can seem on very first acquaintance as if you have already had it and used it for a long time. I don't know if it is universal among Ebonite to have tiny flaws in the finish, but this pen has them. That is a feature that pushes the pen from hominess toward shabbiness. What is more, the pen lacks symmetry. This is plainly visible in the clip, which is of a shape that recalls those of Pelikan pens, but its thick part extends further to the left than to the right. What is more, the cap does not align perfectly with the body. Both asymmetries can be seen in the photograph below. In summary: The pen has a distinctive design and material and is agreeable to write with. But in consideration of the flaws in its appearance and construction, I am not convinced that it is a particularly good value,
  6. Someone lended me a thin Pilot cartridge/converter pen for today. It's thin (exactly 10mm at the thickest point of the barrel) and short (~123.5 mm long, or 5.15 inches long). I can't find anything like it online, even when I search "pilot fountain pen white" on Google Images. I included some pictures too. I know this isn't the repair section, but for some reason the pen writes very dry and is quite scratchy. I included a picture of the nib where the tines seem to be misaligned. I'm using Noodler's X-Feather with this pen if it matters. My friend doesn't know what kind of pen it is either. He found it at a rummage sale.
  7. Hi I wanted to know if there is any converter available for Cross Classic Century? OR Is there any Cross fountain pen with a threaded cap for there is a converter available? Thanks.
  8. Hello all, I recently acquired a Danitrio Takumi (lovely EEF nib!) with an included Danitrio catridge convertor. So far, so good. Problem is, I've discovered that ink tends to leak out of the convertor into the barrel every time I use the pen. I'm pretty sure I've inserted the convertor in correctly---it doesn't fall out and doesn't feel loose (though it does move if I try to spin/screw it)----so I'm at a loss as to what could be the problem. There are no cracks or holes in the convertor as far as I can tell. Anyways, I switched to a different Danitrio convertor yesterday (and changed the ink) and set the pen on my desk, horizontally, overnight. This morning I took the pen downstairs in my pocket, unscrewed the barrel to check the inside and saw ink on the outside of the convertor again! I'm going to try regular ink cartridges next and barring that, maybe use the whole pen as an eyedropper (since the threads are so ink-tight that none of the leaked ink ever escapes the barrel). In the meantime, does anyone have any clue what I could be doing wrong?
  9. The topic title explains my question. I do what most do, use reusable cartridges. Thoughts anybody?

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