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  1. okay. I might be crazy but I swear I have a Sailor H-B nib that was either mis-stamped or ground after the fact even though it came right off the shelf from Pen Chalet. It is a Professional Gear I (color series) and it, like I said is marked H-B on the side of the nib but it writes exactly like a Zoom nib and if you look at the nib under a loupe it looks just like what you would expect a zoom nib to look like it has the top part of the ball tipping faceted and angled off like /|\ but the bottom of the tipping is just regular round, bulbous and ball like. I have seen macro photos of zoom nibs and seen them with my own two eyes and this is what they look like. They give a thin line when the angle is increased and as the pen is lowered the line is broader. This is exactly what mine does. It goes from an F line approaching 90° angle and as you go down to, say, sub 45° angle it gets quite wide, wet and very smooth and glassy. This also jives with my limited zoom experience. You really do have to hold it low to get a wider line and in the usual position it is a tad scratchy because of the facets on iridium ball. Here is the problem. Sailor zoom nibs are marked Z on the side. Is it possible that I have a zoom nib before the Z was as a nib designation (did sailor start producing zoom nibs by grinding B nibs) or is it possible that the nib is mislabeled? Again this is an earlier Professional Gear I color series so has probably been on the shelf a few years. I feel like i am going crazy. Or is it that sailor B nibs are given a quasi-zoom treatment and they all write like this? (my first B nib purchase but I have tried and borrowed B nibs that were just regular round B nibs so really confused) Nib functions fine. Though I personally wanted a B nib and at normal angles it puts down a line slightly thinner than my H-M 1911L so that is a bummer. I also generally don’t like or have much use for a zoom nib. This is no way a straight B nib or I'll eat my hat. Or I am living in some parallel universe. Anyone else have an older H-B that writes exactly like a zoom nib?
  2. To those who own a sailor naginata and a cross nib.I am curious to know that are the two nib tines for the cross nib longer than usual or they appear like that due to stacking them? Since i own a sailor naginata nib and the two arms are slightly longer than the usual nib tines. So i was wondering if they use pre-naginata nibs for their cross nibs or they use regular nibs with extra tipping (like the zoom).
  3. Hello FPN, Quite some time ago I bought a used 1911 with 14k "Zoom Nib" without the box or papers. I was told it was a Zoom Nib. But, I cannot seem to get the same line variation out of it that other reviews and photos seem to show. Could you please take a look at the photos of the nib here as well as my writing samples to determine if this is actually a zoom nib or just maybe a Medium or Broad? I've heard that even the other types of nibs do show some variation when the writing angle is changed. Let me know what you think: http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_143402_zpsdug0kq90.jpg http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_143432_zpsd4al09pz.jpg http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_151504_zpsvstz8w7m.jpg http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_151551_zpszy3pkbam.jpg http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_150220_zpss4awx4jn.jpg http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_150019_zpsv5owrb2c.jpg http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_145949_zpsgrs6ezjh.jpg http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_145839_zpsckvlcmqb.jpg http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_144519_zpsj1opets8.jpg http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt214/jonb55198/Sailor%201911%20Zoom%20Nib/20170302_144507_zpsn8tjusvi.jpg
  4. This is my first review in here. Actually, it is my first pen review ever. I have purchased the Sailor Profit Demo pen with the 21k Zoom nib. Why? Sailor because I have read a lot about it and the specific nib because it looked interesting and versatile. As I usually tend towards the medium and the broad nibs I thought it would be good to try the combination of them (and more) in one nib. First impression (9/10) I am usually a fan of classic pens. This means that the transparent pen with the gold trims would not usually be my first choice. Would it not been transparent, It would be a classic pen. My very initial reaction when it was still in the box was not very enthusiastic. However, upon touching and opening the pen and after inking it I have already started liking it. No more than 5 minutes after filling it with ink (Iroshizuku asa-gao) I was in love with the pen. It is a beautiful pen, well balanced, glides over the paper - any paper. It feels good in the hand, despite the fact it is transparent it does not look cheap but rather a quality pen as it should. The gold parts are actually neat, The 21k gold zoom nib is wonderful. what can I say more? Appearance (9/10) I find this pen to be beautiful. The Sailor 1911 Profit is not a small pen. It has a presence and the transparent polymer with the gold combination of the demo pen gives it some kind of grace.The reason for not giving it 10 out of 10 is that IMO it is not as nice when capped or without a cap as it looks when posted. Design/Size/Weight (10/10) As I have already mentioned in my first impression, the design has some twist. The twist comes from the combination of the transparency with the gold trim, clip, rings. Even the converter is a combination of gold and transparency (not when filled of course).When posted, the size and weight of this pen are just right for me. It is not too heavy and not too light. My hand does not get tired from writing a few consequent pages with it. When it is not posted, well, the pen is too light for my needs. But I have always liked writing with a posted pen (otherwise I lose the cap) so that is not an issue at all. If you like your pen to be light, you can hold it non posted. It is big enough to do so. The Nib (11/10) We can agree that the most important part of the pen is the nib - can we?I have read and heard that the Sailor nibs are the best of the best.This pen came with the 21k gold Zoom nib. Indeed it is the best nib I have ever experienced.Maybe I should mention that I do have another Sailor FP with an excellent nib (FM grade) but not as this one!his Zoom nib is just perrrrrrrrrrfect. For me of course...Writes on both sides, soft as butter. Naturally, the broader side is wetter but not necessarily feathery. I write in English and in Hebrew - actually more in Hebrew than in English. That means that I write from right to left and not only from left to right. This nib has no issue with that. None whatsoever. It is soft and smooth and fluent on both sides and in both languages.It seems to write itself. Filling System (10/10) The original Pilot ink converter that comes with the pen is suited for this one. It is a transparent piston converter. You just click it in and twist.As aforementioned, it is transparent with gold and that integrates with the general look of the pen.It does the job very well.I am not sure how long the ink will last between the fillings . This pen is on the wetter side of life and will consume more ink but there is nothing unusual about it. If anything, I will update in the future. Cost and Value (10/10) This Sailor full size pens with the 21k nibs are sold in eBay and Amazone for a range between $180 - $300.For the quality that it provides, and my great satisfaction with it - I think that it is a great value for money.Besides, I have purchased this pen from egaika on eBay - price is relatively low, the lowest I could find and the service is amazing. I will relate to my most positive experience with Mr. Taizo from egaika in the proper forum. Conclusion - Total Rating 9.75/10 Boy, am I glad with this pen. Up to date it is the pen that I like most from my 20somthing FP collection. It is beautiful, classic in shape yet with a twist. The nib is is gorgeous in shape and writing. The pen is well balanced and fun to write with.The pen writes, smooth, soft and of courseit can write in difference widths. So I actually have a few nibs in one.Considering that this is not the cheapest pen in town, it is of great value for money. I would warmly recommend it if you can afford the cost.

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