Quick startup after I put the cartridge in (compared to the Platinum Carbon Pen,
which I left sitting for about an hour and eventually took a bulb to to flush
the ink through), and a fine, precise line.
As a bonus, the nib and feed are interchangeable with the Sailor Highace Neo
(and presumably the Sailor Clear Candy pens as well)- just gently pull on the
nib of each pen and the section will pop out, then switch and pop back in. (Make
sure pens are empty first!) The Sailor Fude de Mannen pens have a larger nib
that does not swap out. This same trick works with the Pilot FP-78G, Plumix, and
Interesting is a good word for this pen. The nib has a lot of potential, and
it's great to see such an interesting nib at a relatively friendly price point.
I feel like it will take work to explore the different ways of putting nib to
paper and bring it out, though, but it brings out character and shading in
Sailor's inks (I've tried the blue black to good results). One warning: do not
attempt to post the cap on the back end. I did so, and it fit, but the black cap
on the back popped off and got wedged inside it- it's not easy to get out.
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
I found this pen on clearance at a local office supply store and picked it up,
having very low expectations from the reviews I'd read. I've been pleasantly
surprised- despite some initial trouble getting it to write, I've found it to be
a fairly reliable writer, with a solid medium line and a fine line if you write
with the nib reversed (black side up). I like the stainless steel, it looks and
feels nice, and the plastic grip section is also nice- however, while the cap
posts with a snap and seems secure, it sometimes will rotate around the pen
while writing and this can be annoying.
I believe that many of the problems stem from the ink in these pens, which is
pretty awful in my opinion (it feathers and bleeds through, and isn't even very
black). The good news is that Platinum cartridges fit- I am using Platinum
Blue/Black in mine, and I notice far fewer hard starts (only after the pen has
sat unused for a while) and no skipping. The medium line is wide enough to show
a little shading with this ink.
This pen has a place alongside my Platinum Preppies as a good, cheap fountain
pen I can leave in my desk at work without fear.