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Excellent pen, especially...
, January 2, 2012
Excellent pen, especially for the price. It's not flashy, but the nib is great-
a very smooth, consistent fine line. The plastic is a bit lightweight, but the
pen's well-balanced and comfortable to hold and the light weight makes it
possible to write for a long time without fatigue.
Works with Sailor cartridges (I like the Clear Candy Reddish Brown, a beautiful
coppery color) or converter (I have used both Private Reserve and Rohrer and
Klingner inks from a bottle with absolutely no problems).
Compared to the Ohto F-Spirit that I purchased at the same time for the same
price, the Sailor is definitely the superior pen. The F-Spirit's metal body has
a nice design and a good weight to it, but I have experienced a lot of skipping
and hard starts when writing (having tried several different Kaweco inks from
cartridge and the same bottled inks that have worked well in te Neo) compared to
none of those problems with the Sailor HighAce Neo.
I have already ordered a second HighAce Neo in blue and am looking forward to
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This is actually my second...
, April 19, 2011
This is actually my second HighAce Neo. Real "F," tip and suitable for
narrow-rule paper or smaller. Expect a true fine line.
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Fantastic fountain pen...
, October 20, 2010
Fantastic fountain pen for the price! It's a smooth writer plus the cap posts on
the barrel end with a secure "click." That's a nice design touch on a relatively
inexpensive fountain pen.
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Great pen for the price…grea...
, September 23, 2011
Great pen for the price…great for sketching because it’s a very fine line.
I’ve used this pen for several weeks now in my sketching kit, no ink bombs,
and I’m rough on pens. It takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.
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I have mixed feelings...
, October 19, 2013
I have mixed feelings about this pen. While I have a few high-end and vintage
fountain pens, I also really like basic, inexpensive ones that write dependably
and well. (I write for a couple hours each day, so performance is a much higher
priority than fancy accoutrements.)
I was happy with the pen's appearance -- it's very lightweight and a nice size
for my hands. However, the ink flow was terribly dry and the nib felt scratchy
at times. I used a loupe to examine the tipping and immediately saw the problem.
The tines were aligned, but the lump of irridium had ridges in it, which would
produce a scratchy sensation on the page when pulled in certain directions. I
fixed that problem with some micromesh papers, but this didn't fix the dry ink
flow. I suspected a problem with the channel in the feed, and indeed, when I
flossed between the tines with some fine brass shim, a bunch of debris came out.
I finished by giving the nib unit a good scrubbing in warm water and let it
When all this was done, I reassembled the pen with a new ink cartridge, and it
writes beautifully. Very, very nice line quality, very comfortable for long
writing sessions. I just wish the pen had come to me in this condition, rather
than requiring 30 minutes of fiddling to get it there. (But frankly, I've had
similar issues with every Lamy and Kaweco pen I've ever purchased. I'm somewhat
resigned by this point to my bad luck.)
I still think the HighAce Neo is well worth the price if you're looking for a
lightweight, compact pen with a Japanese fine nib (especially if you've got
better fountain pen karma than I do).