5 for asthetics. 5 for writing experience (for a ballpoint - 4 in comparison to
Fountain Pens). When it was brand new, it would lay down a very dark black
wet line but not as good as a really good fountain pen. It is a pretty
saturated ink. For a ballpoint, it is pretty good. 3 for bulletproofness
(just a water test). If you drop water, it will bleed all over the place, but
if you continually run water over it, the surface level ink will wash off, and
then you are left with gray lines that are still visible. And a 2-3 for
cartridge drying out prematurely or really hard to get going after it hasn't
been used for a while. I shook it at least a dozen times and I am finally
getting good flow on it. But after a few sentences, I find myself having to
shake it some more. I've only had the pen 2 months.
Really super smooth crisp fine line. I would equate the line width to a .3mm.
I would say it is more fine and smoother than the EF Lamy nib. Very smooth and
no skipping. Also, very skinny and fits through the leuchtturm pen loops really
well. If you need to write really small and with fine precision, this is a
The ink is good, but I think I like Noodler's Bulletproof black better if you
like a darker black. The sailor nano black is more like a dark dark charcoal
instead of a deep rich high contrast black like Noodler's. I usually write with
a headlamp on, and I can tell subtle differences due to my headlamp. If you
don't have a headlamp on, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
I would give the bottle design 5 stars, and the ink 4 stars. The bottle design
is great because it has a mini reservoir inside the bottle just slightly deeper
than the nib and feed making it easy to still draw ink into your pen even when
the ink level is lower than your nib depth. With the cap on, you turn the
bottle upside down, then flip it over. The mini reservoir captures ink and
allows a consistent depth. Without the mini res, you would need a syringe or
something to get the ink into your pen. I'm new to the fountain pen world. I
had the Noodler's Bulletproof black first. I bought this Sailor Ink because of
the great reviews and the price is almost 3x times Noodler's. So, I bought it
out of curiosity to see if it really lives up to the hype. Great reviews and
excellent packaging. Plus I had not used anything but Noodler's brand. Doing a
side by side camparison, the Noodler's is definitely 'blacker' than the sailor.
I am sold on the Noodler's bulletproof and waterproof inks. Beyond a color
test, I did not do any other comparisons. If you have the money and you like to
play around with different inks then buy it, otherwise, if your money is tight,
go with Noodler's BB.
I must say I am impressed. Based on the reviews given so far are very accurate.
I am a virgin to fountain pens and this is my first. I did as suggested and
bought the z24 cartridge converter and twisted the little thingamajigger to suck
up the ink into the cartridge. I got the noodler's bulletproof black. The tip
is very fine and writes with precision. I am pleased.
I do like this Pelle journal and all. I bought it without the knowledge that
Midori has a competing product called the Midori Traveller. So regarding this
Pelle, the corners want to try to collapse due to the tension of the elastic
cords. Keeping them from collapsing is next to impossible. I tried adjusting
the tension but nothing helped. I saw another review where the user added two
more notebooks and claims to have solved the collapsing of the corners problem.
The leather is sort of 'flappy' and not very rigid on the Pelle, but it is still
This got me curious, so I bought a large Midori at roughly 55, and this one
(Pelle) is 39 is bit smaller. I found the Midori leather to be a bit heftier
but supple and the corners do NOT collapse on the corners from the elastic bands
(even with just one notebook). I think I'm sold on the outer cover of the
Midori, but the linen paper in the Pelle is better and weightier than the Midori
paper. Any way, either product will do the job and I like them both for
I am pretty happy with it. I used the Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
Roller Ball Pen, it is soaks up the ink, but doesn't bleed through to the other
side. My descendants will surely be able to read my journal if my mundane life
details are of any interest. Although, lately it has been a soap opera with
lots of drama with my wife and 2 nearly grown daughters.