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.
Yes, these are fun highlighters - functional and unique. The dual tip is very
nice. I use the fine tip for coloring in black and white lecture notes and the
broad tip for highlighting text. While the colors are pleasing to the eye, be
sure you realize that the colors are much darker than they appear on this web
page. For instance, the blue in the jetpens photo looks almost sky blue. This
is not actually the case - the blue highlighter is a shade or two darker.
Finally, these markers come in a convenient to carry plastic case. It helps to
keep the markers organized in my pencil pouch.
Apart from the color/shade discrepancy i recommend this product.
It's so skinny and small! I've tried to use it as a bookmark as the manufacturer
suggests but the holder is too heavy for one page to handle. The eraser itself
erases very well and with ease.. perfect for people with small handwriting. I
found it especially useful with my physics homework/study. But if you are prone
to making a lot of mistakes, like me, then this eraser probably won't be your
As always, super-fast shipping from jetpens! And Noodler's is such a great value
- you open up the top and the ink is filled to the rim!
The ink is a gorgeous color, the perfect shade of wine red. It's a little slow
to dry if you have a medium nib but on my EF Lamy Safari, the ink dries in 3
sec. Also, the pen starts up immediately even after a good 30 sec. (a rare
finding for my Lamy FP). You can find another person's review of the ink here:
This thing holds very little ink. Furthermore, it makes a weak connection to the
pen causing a leakage in between the converter and the pen. Because of the
not-so-tight connection, I dipped the converter itself in a bottle of ink, and
lifted the piston-fill mechanism. It filled about a quarter of the way, I then
inverted it then attached it to the pen. If anyone has any advice on how to use
this thing, please post. Otherwise, I'd stick to refilling the cartridge that
came with the Sailor Recruit using a needle+syringe that you can buy for 35
cents at your local drugstore.
Wow this thing is tiny. For those of you looking for a pocket pen - this is
perfect. Because the pen casing is metal, there's a nice weight to it, even for
it's size. For those of you that are looking to use BOTTLE INK, there is a
CONVERTER. Just google: Sailor Ink Converter for Chalana. I bought mine from
SwisherPens.com for $7.50 + 5.25 shipping. These converters are also sold at
artbrown.com for $7.00 as I discovered later. WARNING - the converter is a
piston converter and holds a very SMALL amount of ink. You're going to feel like
a giant holding it but it fits the pen and provides an alternative to you bottle
I love the color of the ink (purple-blue). The flow is great and it smells like
authentic ink. It is very heavy as it bleeds through regular copy paper. Thicker
paper holds up better to this ink. The fountain pen that was included has a 0.3
mm nib. This should indicate a "fine" point nib however it writes more like a
medium. I love the convenience of dropper pens. I haven't had a chance to use
the watercolor pen but I am excited about it.