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When I got this pen,...
, April 14, 2012
When I got this pen, I thought "fine," meant it would write like the HighAce
Neo. I was wrong.
Here is a list of nibs Sailor puts in their pens:
Sailor Clear Candy: F-2
Sailor HighAce Neo: F-4
Sailor Desk Pen (extra fine): F-9 (EF) [You could probably ink a love-letter
on a single piece of oatmeal with this.]
While I was surprised by the thicker nib, it is still what I would consider a
"fine," point and it writes quite nicely. If you have a Lamy Safari, as I do, it
would sit at about F-1 in the Sailor scale (you definitely get a slightly
thicker and wetter line with the Safari). For me, the finer is the better - so
the Clear Candy is now my carry-everywhere general pen; something I have been
hesitant about using the Sailor HighAce Neo for due to its smaller size and
thinner plastic shell.
Some other pluses:
*The fat body makes for comfortable long-term writing and note-taking and the
non-notched barrel is nice.
*Clear! The HighAce Neo could have always used a window... but forget the puny
little window, now you can get an entirely clear pen! It would be nice, however,
if they started making these pens with the F-4 nib or even the F-9; if they did,
I'd never write with anything else ever again.
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The pen lays down a fine,...
, January 4, 2012
The pen lays down a fine, consistent line. The line width is comparable to an
EF-nib Lamy and with the included Sailor black cartridge shows little shading.
If you've ever used the Sailor Ink-Bar, you'll enjoy this pen. The same
smoothness and no-frills design, but larger and stiffer in the hand than the
diminutive, flexible Ink-Bar.
The cap is screw-on, which is satisfying and helps the pen seem more expensive
than it is, but lessens its convenience as a carry-around pen. Another strike
against it, as least in terms of portability, is that a bit stray ink finds its
way onto the inside of the cap - more so than most fountain pens I've used.
This ink is visible through the clear cap, slightly lessening the pen's
This pen is best for long sessions of writing, as it is comfortable and
consistent. Look elsewhere for a carry-around pen.
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I am highly satisfied...
, June 24, 2013
I am highly satisfied with this pen. It should be said that straight from the
box it wasn't cooperating: the nib wasn't particularly smooth, it skipped often
and there were starting problems. For that one more star could be easily taken
off, since it makes the pen troublesome for a beginner. Once, however, the
problems were taken care of (tines get adjusted, flow improved and the tip
buffed a bit), the pen became a wonderful writer. The pen lays a wet, fine, on
the wide side of the spectrum, line. The feed keeps up not only with fast
writing but also with energetic dashes. The nib is smooth. Not buttery smooth
but with some feedback, that makes it interesting.
I only wish the pen wouldn't look like I took it away from a kid. Also a grey
grip section would be much better, as threads on the barrel look a bit dirty
against the white plastic.
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Opposite experience to...
, January 29, 2012
Opposite experience to the other review. I prefer a wetter line which this nib
did not lay down for me, using two different inks one being Waterman South Sea
Blue which is rather wet in my medium Lamy Safari. The nib though steel is
flexible enought to adjust on your own, but I think I messed mine up (ugh -
totally my bad). I'm not impressed, but if I have the funds to spare I would
try it again because of the low price. I might have just got a dud.
| New to fountain pens,...
, November 15, 2013
New to fountain pens, this is my fourth pen and I absolutely love it. To me,
this is a much superior nib to the Lamy EF. It's a bit thinner and is not
scratchy like so many Lamy nibs (especially in the EF). I initially used the
supplied ink cartridge which was a nice black ink. I then just washed out the
cartridge and syringe refilled with Diamine Ancient Copper. This works very
At this price, this is a very good alternative to the Pilot Metro in terms of
price to quality ratio. It lays a much thinner like than the Metro (though not
quite as buttery smooth) which appeals to me.