As big around as a AAA battery with a plastic, metallic-looking body and an F-55
Sailor nib, the Sailor Recruit Fountain Pen works well with Sailor Nano Ink
cartridges to produce a fine line with good balance and smoothness in the
I would say the line is around 0.4 to 0.5mm and the ink flows well without
blotching. This pen might be too slender for those with large hands, but this is
good for journaling and everyday use for those with medium or smaller hands. The
nib is smooth and the fit and finish are wonderful. The pen can hold one active
I love this pen and although I never take fountains on the road, I keep this
handy at home for notetaking and letter writing. It's also wonderful when paired
with a nice journal that can really show off the Nano Ink. The Exactacompta
journals here on JetPens would be a match made in Heaven.
For the price, this pen writes as smoothly and wonderfully as anything in the
ballpoint or gel area. The nib writes about a 0.6mm line (just roughly judging
it) and the ink is plenty dark and flows out smoothly without blotching.
Even though this ink is probably not waterproof, the design of it (seems to be a
plastic-wrapped fiber core sponge holding the ink) makes me want to crack this
open at the back end and get stains all over the place experimenting with loose
Sailor Nano Ink.
However, Frankenstein-type experiments aside, this pen is an EXCELLENT choice
for people who need a daily use pen, but prefer the smoothness of a fountain
nib. It's cheap, good and guilt-free!
First of all, I have to say that I own the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen and that
(along with the Carbon Ink) is probably one of the nicest pens I've ever used.
This means that the Sailor Recycled Material Desk Fountain Pen had a lot to live
up to in order to get a spot in my daily rotation of pens to use. What I found
was that this pen, along with the Sailor Nano Ink, has exceeded my expectations
and has secured that spot in the rotation.
The pen is slender, but the fatter part at the tip allows for easy holding. The
nib is SUPER fine, writing what seems to be a crisp, non-feathering 0.3mm line.
This line is SERIOUSLY fine. I am thinking that narrowly-ruled journal paper is
going to be where this pen gets major usage. Maybe the fine nib is the right
width for normal usage, but this extra fine nib writes VERY smoothly and the
line is dark and tight...just really thin!
A WONDERFUL PEN and one I'd recommend to anyone to keep at their desk for
writing letters, taking notes or journaling. This might also be good for fine
As a note, I have a pen cup with a paper towel in the bottom and not a desk
holder. This doesn't seem to affect the pen, at all.
FIVE STARS and I will be giving this as gifts to people whom I know are serious
These needle point gel refills will write as smoothly as an Energel and dry as
quickly, but they are also DYE-based, just like the Energel inks. This means
they are NOT solvent-proofed carbon-based inks!
Use for everyday stuff, but this is not a permanent ink.
Note that Ohto's Japanese website is the basis for this information.
A desk pen is not mobile and must be kept upright at all times. Getting a nice
cup to hold the pen up in or the desk holder (available from Jetpens, too) is a
MUST. The cartridges seem a little pricey compared to normal fountain ink, but
there is where all comparisons end.
These pens write a fine line with excellent control. The tip writes fluidly and
can keep up with even fast writing. The ink is a nice, dark black (although not
as dark as some gel inks); it IS waterproof and the carbon will resist chemical
attack, as well. Please keep in mind that this IS a "waterdripping" pen that
relies on ink flow, gravity and a watery ink to work. This means that if you use
uncoated paper or thin, cheap paper, you WILL get some feathering and
bleedthrough. So be sure to pair this excellent pen with excellent paper to get
the most out of it.
This pen is pure joy to write with! I use mine daily and often. I write letters,
pen notes, make sketches and whatever else I can do just to feel the smooth nib
gliding across the paper.
I've used the Sailor desk pen, as well, and I can say that, in my opinion, both
pens have high quality. I prefer the Platinum ever so slightly (because of the
ink), but not by much.
As a quick warning: The carbon ink is NOT made for ordinary fountain pens. This
desk pen has a specially widened channel in the feed to accomodate the ink.
Putting the carbon ink in a normal pen risks clogging. PLEASE use the right ink
with the right pen with the right paper and you will NEVER be disappointed.