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Issue With Plastic On Sailor Sapporo Manyou Green
Kugelschreiber posted a topic in Japan - AsiaI just received a Sailor Sapporo Four Seasons Manyou fp. The cap and barrel are made of a metallic green resin. As I hope my pictures below show (despite the reflections) the barrel has swirls and striations that I've never seen on another Sailor resin pen or any high quality pen. I have seen them on cheaper plastic pens (Noodler's pens come to mind). The cap is the same material and is without this issue except perhaps for a small mark at the top. It isn't clear to me whether this was intentional on Sailor's part or whether the plastic for this pen was poorly mixed or made. Does anyone else own one of these pens or have seen one in person? If so, does/did it have the same issue? Intentional or not, I find it quite unappealing. http://i62.tinypic.com/2q3py74.jpg http://i57.tinypic.com/tash0y.jpg
Nagasawa Kobe Pro Gear Slim(S)
mk2579 posted a topic in Fountain Pen ReviewsVery recently I have developed a keen interest in the "ink" side of the fountain pen hobby versus the pen side. The Japan store exclusive inks in particular such as the wonderful Kobe Nagasawa ink line. Up until now my ink choices have tended toward the safe European brands such as Montblanc, which sadly don't offer much in the way of sheen, though do often produce nice shading. My new interest in Sailor inks has seen me build up a small collection of Sailor Pro Gear fountain pens. The Sailor Pro Gear Slim in particular. When you have a million new inks to try, the cartridge converter filling system of the Pro Gear is very welcome. Although I have had a Sailor King of Pen Demo for a few years now I have never considered the other models such as the Pro Gear Standard, Slim, Mini, or even other Sailor lines such as the Realo, 1911 or Profit. The flat ends of the Pro Gear with its anchor finial is much more preferable to me than the torpedo 1911 or Profit models. Sailor Pro Gear's fall into 3 distinct categories, with pricing given accordingly. The pricing usually holds irrespective of whether it is a shop-exclusive or part of their standard production line. The Pro Gear King of Pen is normally around $800-$900, the Pro Gear Standard around $300 and the Pro Gear Slims around $150-$250. Thankfully (for my wallet) the size of the Pro Gear slim isn't too small...so I can potentially collect them all (uh oh!). The Nagasawa Kobe line of inks utilise the flat mason jar, which thankfully isn't a problem if your filling them using Sailor Fountain Pens as they fill from the breather hole (unlike Western fountain pens where you have to dunk the whole nib and part of the section in!). I'll be honest, these flat jars are a pain when using my Omas, Danitrio even Pilot 823....but to be fair they are designed to be used with Sailor fountain pens. So I decided to go all in with their proprietary system and buy some Sailor fountain pens. I'm starting to build quite a collection. Luckily their nibs are awesome, with just a hint of feedback which is EXACTLY how I like my nibs. I HATE overly smooth nibs, they make my handwriting look out of control. I originally bought the Sailor Pro Gear Slim (properly called the Nagasawa "beside") Tarumi Apricot with H-F (Hard-Fine) nib. I had been eyeing this one for quite some time. You can see the Kobe Tarumi Apricot ink in the crappy picture of the ink pot and pen under the nib. As you can probably tell the inspiration for the Nagasawa Kobe Pro Gear slim is taken from their ink line. I believe they also do this with their Pro Colour 500 line, some featuring the latest 60+ colours. I then caved and bought the Gokuen Toshi Fresh Green also with H-F nib, pictured here with a writing sample using ink of the same name; ...and then I couldn't resist getting the other two Suma Rikkyu-Rose H-M nib and Rokko Island Sky H-EF nib. I think I might like Suma Rikyu-Rose and Rokko Island Sky the best, for the nibs as much as the colours. The EF nib is wickedly smooth with a generous flow- much nicer than the H-F and H-MF. The H-M nib is just glorious, gliding smoothly across my Hobonichi planner. I have it inked up with a sample of the Suma Rikyu Rose which has some lovely shading and complexity to it. On Hobonichi TR paper it glides across juicily with just a touch of Sailor feedback to keep your writing under control. I don't normally like pink inks or pink things but both ink and pen are winners. Here they are; I should also mention all the Kobe Nagasawa Pro Gear Slim fountain pens have a shimmer to them. Which make them even more special. I believe Kobe Nagasawa do this with a number of their store- exclusive pens, including the aforementioned ProColour 500. I guess I'll have to check those out too. Here are the writing samples on Rhodia grid pad; All in all very neat little pens at a neat little price- especially given your getting a 14ct gold nib tuned to perfection with a generous flow. Although I can use the pen un-posted I find its much more comfortable posted, and probably a must for most. The only other slight negative is the minuscule ink capacity in the converter. Luckily I bought about 50 Kobe ink samples so I'm glad of the opportunity to switch out the inks regularly. I really like the colours of these Nagasawa "beside" fountain pens, though I know they will be too bright bordering on the intolerable for some. I much prefer them to the demonstrator PG Slim's that can be found in the standard Sailor line. They really are bright happy addition to my otherwise quite serious fountain pen collection. Here are some bonus shots- Enjoy! And... Just one more... I didn't think it worth doing a separate review for essentially the same pen. So here is the Kingdom Note store exclusive Kintoki Carrot which can you believe it has a carrot etched onto the 14ct gold nib! Unfortunately there is no matching carrot finial. Or any shimmer. However it does sport an elegantly mis-matched cap and barrel, and the Sailor anchor looks very distinguished as always. It sports a H-MF nib. Here it is; Check out that nib! One last group shot;
Info On Sailor "sparkling Blue"?
skeallzy posted a topic in Japan - AsiaHi folks. Pen lust is a problem. It's even more of a problem when you can't find the dang thing. I found the photo at the bottom of the post on Pinterest a while back and have *needed* this pen ever since. It's supposedly a Sailor Sapporo in "Sparkling Blue" and I, for the life of me, haven't been able to find more information than that, though it's very likely a simple case of not knowing where to look. Can somebody point me in the right direction? Does anybody happen to have info on it?
Do You Know Any Sapporo Or Chitose Pen Stores?
flexy posted a topic in Japan - AsiaI will be heading up to Sapporo for the weekend and wondering if there are any fountain pen stores. Because Sailor launched a pen called Sapporo it makes google search quite difficult. All I can find is Daimaru Fujii CENTRAL, which looks like a commercial stationary Itoya or Maruzen. I was hoping for fountain pen specific/mom and pop type store. Thank you
Sailor Sapporo/pro Gear Slim Nibs Are Interchangeable With...?
ella343 posted a topic in Of Nibs & TinesAccording to some other threads, the Sailor small 14k nibs are mostly interchangeable, thus includes this list of models? 1. Sapporo aka Pro Gear Slim 2. Pro Gear Mini 3. 1911M aka Profit Standard 4. Promenade? I ask because I broke a nib—a very small part of the tip snapped off—but the nib is threaded so I can simply swap in another one, so I would like to make sure I buy the right one.
Sailor Sapporo (Long) In Yellow
ninad posted a topic in Japan - AsiaWas there ever was a long sized Sapporo in Yellow released, or is my only option is to save up for a Pro Gear in yellow? I am looking for the flat top model in Yellow and Black, and would appreciate some input. Thanks!
A Couple Of Sailor Questions
cadfael_tex posted a topic in Japan - AsiaI posted a thread a day or so ago seeking input on an Edison pen purchase. Strange thing though, even with all the positive comments on Edison Pens I came away wanting a Sailor Sapporo. I've been reading through the reviews etc and I have a couple of questions... 1) Mostly it seems that Sailor has a reputation as a great pen builder but there are a few who say they have inconsistent quality; is Sailor a quality build? 2) I would get it from Mr. Mottishaw at nibs.com; does he do good work? Bonus question: it appears that Sailor nibs are not interchangeable like say Pelikan nibs - is this correct? TIA, Tony