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  1. A little while back I picked up one of these little Sailor Shikiori Pro Gears. For the first month or so I had it I was syringe filling the cartridge it came with with different inks to see how they complemented the nib. But eventually I figured that since I finally had a pen that takes the stock cartridges of my favorite ink line—the Sailor nanopigments—I’d just get a box of Souboku cartridges and commit to using those for awhile. Shortly thereafter the pen started writing really dryly. It would skip or put down faint lines, and no amount of shaking, shimming, or rinsing seemed to resolve the problem. Figuring there must’ve been some malign chemical reaction between the Souboku and the residue of one of the previous inks I’d had in there, I put the disassembled pieces in a cup of water with a few drops of dish detergent and left it soaking on a high shelf while I went out of town for a few days to visit family. When I returned to New York, I found that the nib was shedding into the water a gunky substance that I, an incorrigible and reckless ink-mixer, had never seen before, and that the cup now had a weird earthy smell. I figured my roommate had thought the cup was trash, thrown it in the garbage alongside some gnarly food scraps, realized her mistake, and then put it all back on the shelf hoping I wouldn’t notice. (She aggressively denied my suspicions, but as Marx used to say, "De omnibus dubitandum…”). So anyway, I washed the hell out of it (i.e. the pen components) under the tap with some anti-bacterial dish detergent, put it all back together, stuck in a new Souboku cartridge, and found that it performed brilliantly—this pen had never written so well. …Until a few days later when I not only noticed that it had begun to skip and flow dryly again, but that the funky smell had returned. Then today I took it out, held it up under the light, and, well, see for yourself: Now, I’m no mycologist, and I assume there are other ways this pen could have been infected with mold, but since none of the other pens I fill with ill-advised ink concoctions and carry around this dirty city evince the slightest hint of fungus, it seems the Sailor Souboku cartridges might be culprit. But my impression was that moldy ink results from ink (usually bottled) being exposed to contaminants in the environment after it’s been opened. Is it possible live spores from the factory have survived for years in these sealed cartridges? Or that the spores came from the box/packaging and were on the cartridge’s exterior? In case it matters, this batch appears to be from 2018:
  2. This is my first post. I have been dormant for the last 11 years since signing up to fountainpennetwork in 2010. I bought my Sailor Pro Gear Slim 14k MF yesterday which made me write this post. As soon as I got home I wrote a couple of hand written letters to my cousins in Canada, which if I mail them now will reach them in the next 40 days !! I bought this from Sailor retailer in Hong Kong for a bargain price of US $98. I went to the shop to buy Pelikan M200 which retailed around $140 but couldn't resist the deal of owning a sailor for less than $100. Most pens were at a discounted price compared to other shops I visited here. I also bought sailor Souten ink which I love. Had been contemplating between Iroshizuku Asa Gao and Kon Peki and the Souten sits just in the middle without being too rich or too light. Here are few pictures for fellow pen lovers.
  3. I have just purchased a Sailor Pro Gear Slim and didn't realize that this listing does not appear to include the converter: https://www.writeherekitenow.co.uk/sailor-professional-gear-sky-slim-fountain-pen.html?gclid=CKbl0Z7i_tQCFU08Gwod42QBvA#productViewTabs1 I was a little miffed by this because I believe that a pen of this price should include the converter. This is not the fault of the retailer, of course. However, when I went searching for the converter, I have found some conflicting information. Some say this converter works for all Sailor Pens except the Chalana as stated here: https://www.writeherekitenow.co.uk/nibs-converters/sailor-standard-ink-converter/sailor-standard-fountain-pen-ink-converter.html But other sites say that it does not work on slim pens: https://www.cultpens.com/i/q/SR45779/sailor-standard-converter Can anyone please clarify for me which is correct? Has anyone used a standard converter with a Sailor pro gear slim and had issues? Thank you in advance!





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