December 10, 2011
According the Sailor website, this pen is made in Japan. The body is made of
light plastic so I'm a bit worried about how long it's going to last knowing how
often I drop things. With the ink cartridge inside, the pen feels marginally
more substantial, but not by much. Although this is a “cheap” fountain pen,
I appreciate the fact that the cap is screw-on - it only takes two flicks of the
wrist to secure the cap in place. This means I can take it with me when I travel
and not worry about ink leaking everywhere. In comparison to the LAMY Safari,
the Sailor definitely feels inferior - perhaps this has something to do with the
The nib (Fine) is definitely wet. If you look closely at the writing sample
you’ll see that the nib creates a gradient of ink depending on how long
you’ve been pressing it. Also, after only a day of use, there are ink spots or
droplets on the nib. The only other complaint I have is that the pen tends to
skip at the beginning of capital letters like “I” or “H”, most likely
because I’m pressing too hard or because the nib is at a right angle (?). The
upside to the nib being wet is, of course, I can leave the pen uncapped for a
minute or so without any effect on the flow.
If you have $20 to spend on a fun, cheerful pen, just get it. It will brighten
up your pen collection. Since it's that time of year, I also suggest giving this
as a stocking-stuffer - your writing aficionado recipient will be quite pleased.
After using the pen for a few days, I can tell I'm definitely going to be
reaching for it quite often.
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