Japanese Pens New Zealand
Sailor Pens New Zealand
Sailor Industrial Revolution
Sailor as everyone knows are known for the quality of their nibs
Maybe I should try a Sailor fine nib, I thought, one from their current production
A vintage Sailor from the 1970s is my only other fine point nib from this maker, having generally tended to shy away from them because of their inherent scratchiness.
Which is how I came to be the owner of a Sailor Reglus, the name given to it in Japan, but also sold as the Sailor Industrial Revolution. I bought it on EBay for what seemed to be a reasonable price of around $60 or so.
Packaging was provided in the standard Sailor blue box, being supplied with both cartridges and converter, the converter for me so out with the Iroshizuku; Murasaki Shikibu I think it’s called, quite a nice blue.
The design of this pen is a bit different from Sailors traditional models, very shiny resin and lots of bright steel (?) trims with the strong clip being a distinguishing feature. I understand that it’s shaped to resemble a Bronze Age dagger or arrowhead. The indigo resin has something of a pearlescent glow about it, almost as if there are some very fine glittering particles embedded in it. Quite difficult to describe.
This is what Sailor call their medium price pens, It is certainly stylish, with the Sailor logo on the end of the crenelated tassie and a black blind barrel cap and steel ring, the cap ring being also crenelated. Pretty Flash eh? I also think that the broad clutch ring on the barrel enhances the pens appearance, it’s imprinted ‘SAILOR since 1911’
There is a feeling of quality about the pen, more so than with say the Sailor Somiko, no sharp edges and everything fits well. The twist converter is simple and efficient…as usual. Comfortable and quite slim, it feels light in the hand, but not too light, good.
The nib looks to be steel but understand that it’s some form of alloy, just imprinted with the logo and the words ‘Sailor JAPAN’.
This pen was supplied with the Fine nib, and it’s very fine. Mine writes quite dry, which doesn’t particularly appeal to me, but I realize that it’s quite normal for very fine nibs. Having said that the SF nibs in my Pilot Falcon pens are very good writers and are flexible, or perhaps springy is a better term. However I’m trying to get it to write a bit wetter by a slight opening of the tines. It’s also a bit of a nail, but no cost effective way round that I suspect. The ink flow is consistent as you would expect.
So…… it’s quite smooth and if you don’t mind a stiff fine nib then you will like it as the pen itself is good. It’s one of those pens that should be a user and will be if you like fine nibs (same as European Extra Fine) I understand that a medium point is available as well but personally I would prefer more choice of nibs.
Facts: Length posted 150mm, closed 140mm, barrel diameter 11mm, weight 22 gms