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Sailor 1911 With Steel Music Nib First Glance

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Earlier today I received a Sailor 1911 Profit with a steel music nib. These can be picked up very cheaply now - I paid £35 inclusive of shipping, which I think is great value.




The music nib is something of a cursive stub, gives a good bit of line variation and writes with Sailor's usual level of smoothness. It's not the wettest pen I've come across, but this isn't something that can't be changed to suit with minimum fuss.


The nib is gold plated steel, but still features the usual attractive (in my opinion) Sailor engraving. It writes with a bit of a dry, scratchy sound to it, but there is only the tiniest hint of any feedback and certainly glides across paper very easily.




The barrel feels like plastic, which is what it is I imagine so no surprises there. It had some micro-scratches upon delivery despite being brand new. I think these could be polished out easily, and the pen will probably pick up a whole load more in regular use anyway.




Filling is via the regular twist type cartridge converter... Which I didn't take a photo of, but it's nothing exciting.




It's a relatively short pen at 118mm uncapped but an adequate 150mm when posted. I prefer it posted as the balance is very pleasing.




Overall I think this is a lot of pen for the money and I imagine I'll use it very regularly - it looks like a much more expensive pen than it is in my eyes, but isn't in a price range where I would be worried about taking it to meetings or losing it.

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Nice review and an excellent pen for that price!


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Great review :)

I've been after one of these to try the music nib, can I ask where you found one for £35?


I think there's only 1 place you can get them from, sadly it's Engeika via Ebay... The listing is marked as buy-it-now or best offer, I can't remember the value (in dollars) I put in to the best offer, either $50 or $55, but it worked out at £34.01. Just make sure to arrange up-front that the item is not sent using EMS but rather a 'normal' kind of air-mail otherwise it will be delivered by Parcelforce who like to levy a collection-charge for the £7ish VAT required of an obscene £13.50.

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Thanks bobaroo :thumbup:

If you go for one, let us know how it works out.

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The Good Captain: Will do, I can't find one for £35 on ebay, Engeika has the Somiko with music & zoom nibs for $50 but I'm not a fan of non screw on caps, I'm going to keep checking and hopefully a 1911 will show up in the future :)

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Lovely! Wish I'd bought the zoom too now, I've totally fallen into a codependent relationship with this pen. Such a great deal.

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You can still buy it :)


Lovely! Wish I'd bought the zoom too now, I've totally fallen into a codependent relationship with this pen. Such a great deal.

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I didn't knew zoom and music nibs were available for the cheap profit....

A people can be great withouth a great pen but a people who love great pens is surely a great people too...

Pens owned actually: MB 146 EF;Pelikan M200 SE Clear Demonstrator 2012 B;Parker 17 EF;Parker 51 EF;Waterman Expert II M,Waterman Hemisphere M;Waterman Carene F and Stub;Pilot Justus 95 F.


Nearly owned: MB 149 B(Circa 2002);Conway Stewart Belliver LE bracket Brown IB.

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