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Hi All FP aficionados (or enablers), I am considering buying a Sailor Pro-Gear Tequila Sunrise (large) and wanted to have some feedback on the Sailor Pro-Gear and its relative value current value & longer term value (is it worth it? )...(2nd part i know is a loaded question). At $ 300. tilting toward buying it. Normally I would do a bunch of research reading/watching reviews etc. before making a FP purchase, so this is a time sensitive question and will wait 'till tomorrow to decide...

 

Factors:

 

It is new in box, choice of M or MF 21k nib

 

I:

 

  • collect these things, but I think I would use it in rotation
  • don't drink alcohol so itsa weird name for me to buy "tequila"
  • have Pelikans, Sheaffer Balance II's, Conway Stewart Churchill Combo which I love to use, and a variety of others that I hardly use
  • don't have any experience w/ Sailor FP's
  • like its color variation
  • spending the # won't affect my lifestyle
  • use fine & broad nibs mostly
  • have a few Japanese Pilot & Platinum pocket pens which I like

Whaddya Think: Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Good value? STFU?

 

Thanks for any thoughts that you conjure up....

 

George ArrivistePen

 

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If it won't affect your lifestyle and you want to try it out why not? I think you would probably be able to recover most of your money if it turns out you didn't like it and wanted to sell it. As far as the name, call it Bob, or Bill, or Sally if you don't like the Tequila name.

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If it helps, Tequilla Sunrise is named after the cocktail of the same name, and it's color comes from orange juice and grenadine. I suppose you could make a virgin one with just the orange juice and grenadine. :) Actually I just googled that and it's a thing: Sweet Sunrise.

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Thanks! This may be a quick decision. Sweet Sunrise it is!

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It looks like a nice pen. I have a slim sailor pro-gear with a 14K nib. it is a lovely, everyday writer. It's a nice nib - the ink capacity of the convertor isn't great, a fil will last a couple of days of everyday writing. The cartridges, I'm told, hold more ink. I've used mine every day - and Sailor inks are quite lovely.

 

I think as far a Platinum, Pilot & Sailor go - you can't really go wrong. They are quality pens - it's more about choosing the pen that will suit you best.

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The name is just a gimmick! If that's the only thing holding you back, go for it! I think it's an original combination, and I'd be surprised if it didn't increase in value in a year or so when it becomes impossible to find. So you might be able to sell it at a small profit.

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It's a very nice pen - I missed buying one in Japan in March by 5 minutes because TAG in Kyoto closed an hour earlier than Google said the day I decided to buy it. The sad part is that it's about $175 if you can buy it in Japan.

"Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts." - Patrick Rothfuss

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Pro Gear's are great pens and make excellent writer's pens. Not sure their value holds over time though. If you can get it at the Japanese price you might be ok.

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21K nib is a mushy.....very easy to bend, and stay bent nib.............for those with a very light Hand.........not the normal coming from ball point, Heavy Handed noobie.

I don't know how many pens you have....but it is better to err on the side of caution especially with an easy to bend 21 K nib.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

RIP...200's once great nib, now a double ball.:crybaby::wallbash:

 

The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.

 

 

 

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Thank you for the valuable comments ! I'll let you all know if I buy it...

 

George

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