Posts Tagged ‘Sailor fountain pen ink’


Sunday Reads: Flex Nibs, Ink, And Stifflexible


Pen links and other goodies…

Four years on, these writing tools remain favorites.


Clairefontaine, Stillman & Birn, Platinum #3776 Century Nice and Nice Pur, Conklin Durograph Stub, Iroshizuku, J. Herbin, Noodler’s Ink, Sailor Ink, Tomoe River paper.


Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen


A summer project provided the opportunity to test an inexpensive, reliable, sturdy fountain pen with a medium nib. The Pilot MR Metropolitan seemed a good fit for the purpose. So I popped one into an Amazon order along with dog biscuits and vitamins. Macy was very excited when she first sniffed the package. “Mom, this one’s for me!” She was not impressed by the dark gray pen box, but was tail-wagging happy about the food.

Here is how the Metro stacks up.

For a metal pen, the Metro is surprisingly light-weight. Even writing with the cap on the end, the weight remains within my range if a trifle overbalanced. The brass barrel should take plenty of everyday knocks and abuse. This is a sleek baby that feels quite comfortable in the hand.

The Metro writes every time without hesitation which is impressive considering my inconsistent use of it. The snap on cap seals solidly which may prevent or at least reduce ink evaporation. That may account for the easy starts. It also means jostling won’t loosen the cap, perfect for an everyday carry pen.

Unlike most fountain pens, the Metro allowed me to pause in thought for an unusually long time without concern for ink drying in the nib. Not something everyone needs, but it is helpful for a pensive mood. I really wanted to write longer just to experience the satisfaction of putting down words so easily.

Initially filled with Pilot Blue-Black, the pen and ink are perfectly suited. The color may be rather ordinary, but the flow and lubrication are just right for the stainless steel nib. It glides without a hint of drag. Staples Arc notebook paper completed a pen, ink, paper threesome that is a pleasure to use.

The Metropolitan comes in several styles and an array of colors. The neutral silver with a zig zag pattern was a practical choice. Maybe next time, a colorful Retro Pop will land in my cart, but for now, the matte silver will have to work extra hard trying lots of different inks especially Iroshizuku, Noodler’s, and Sailor. All should write at least as well as Pilot BBk. Iroshizuku ku-jaku is angling for a spin in the Metro and that is a writing duo that will be hard to resist.

Several retailers carry the Pilot MR Metropolitan. Mine came from Amazon, but even Massdrop has offered it. This is one pen that shouldn’t be hard to find. Current prices range from approximately $12 to $15 including a CON-20 squeeze converter and a single Pilot cartridge. Converters can cost $5 purchased separately, so including one with the pen makes this a very good deal.

With a Pilot MR Metropolitan in my bag, I am prepared for anything including a rough-writing newbie who wants to see what it’s like to use a fountain pen. What a great way to make a convert!


Sunday Reads From Color To Nibs


There are some odd ones in this bunch. The first one absolutely blew me away. The fourth one is a contrast in size. The last one just made me happy, no mean feat this past week…

My summer inks from 2012: Diamine Mediterranean, Sailor Yaki-Akari and Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses.


What Color Was Your Day?


Alexandra at FPN wondered yesterday if it is time to switch to spring ink. The temperature was 88 degrees here suggesting Diamine Meadow and J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen. Today it is 63 degrees and gloriously gloomy à la Iroshizuku fuyu-syogun. Perhaps at sunset, the clouds will break allowing pink or peach to emerge and complement the current shade of gray. Spring colors are on the way even if not today.

What color was your day?


More Sailor Ink Sources


More Sailor ink sources from @LokYouTan on Twitter:



A Double Review: Sailor Ultramarine Purple And A Kaweco Converter


Sailor Gentle Ink in Ultramarine Purple

Sailor Ultramarine Purple

Last week Jet Pens offered a bottle of Sailor ink to review. That’s not something an inkophile can refuse. Along with it came a converter for the Kaweco Classic Sport reviewed last year. I might have tested the ink in a wide nib or one of my Sailor pens, but putting the converter straight to use was too tempting. As the sample shows, the medium nib proved a good match for the ink.

Sailor Ultramarine Purple Written Sample

Ultramarine Purple fits in the same saturation range as Diamine Violet and Amazing Amethyst – not strong but not pale either. The color is more blue than the two Diamine inks and becomes even more so once dry. For Sailor ink fans, Ultramarine Purple could be used as a substitute for blue and might even be acceptable in a conservative business environment. Only you would know it started as purple.

Other properties include good flow, moderate lubrication, and intermittent shading. It dries faster than many inks and might work for a leftie in a fine nib. It has that typical Sailor ink odor that I associate with biocides and a reduced chance of cultivating mold. I wish all inks were so endowed.

My other purples are red slanted, so there was an opening for a blue slanted one and Ultra Purple is certainly that. Sailor inks are consistent performers and my ink collection reflects my appreciation for them. Actually, the only new additions in the past six months other than samples have been bottles of Sailor ink. Now doesn’t that say something!

Kaweco Sport Converter

The Kaweco aerometric squeeze-style converter has been on my wish list since it was first released. Refilling a cartridge works with a syringe or pipette, but a converter is so much easier. Unfortunately, mine would not seat properly. After several tries and some wasted ink, I began to wonder if it was the wrong converter for the Sport. So I located it on the Jet Pens site and discovered the pen I own is the old model even though I’ve had it just a year. The converter doesn’t work with the early model, so it’s back to refilling my lone cartridge.

If you are considering the converter, read the review written by Red. The whole situation is explained along with how to determine whether your pen will accept the converter. Good for you if it does.

Aerometric converters are quick to fill and simple to clean. The Kaweco has a transparent sac that is visible behind the press bar which makes it easy to see whether it needs a refill. Flow is usually good with aeros so that should not be an issue. The volume appears comparable to that of an international cartridge – adequate for a decent amount of writing with a fine nib but more limited for a wide, calligraphy nib.

If you are torn between a Kaweco and a Lamy for a low-end pen calligraphy pen, the Kaweco Sport has two advantages: a standard grip and a better converter. One of these days I’ll try a Kaweco 1.1 mm nib for comparison. Wouldn’t that make a good review?

Sailor Gentle Ink in Ultramarine Purple is available at Jet Pens as is the Kaweco converter.

Another Sailor Gentle Ultramarine Purple review with some lovely writing samples.


Back To Work With My New Puppy


After a month with no computer and limited access to email, Inkophile is back to work. My new puppy, an HP g6 laptop purchased for peanuts and a couple of jelly beans, is going to take some house training. A more comfortable keyboard would go a long way toward increasing production and there is a slim, sexy solar powered one from Logitech that would be a joy to use. It has moved to the number two slot on my list of must-have tools, just behind the Canon printer/scanner.

In the meantime, I have my daughter’s old Canon PowerShot A700 camera to take photos of ink tests rather than my usual scans, but that should do nicely. I’m looking forward to a bottle of Sailor Gentle Ink in Ultramarine Purple from Jet Pens to get back into writing reviews. There are four other posts that could distract me while I wait for my Sailor to arrive, so at least one of them should get completed in the next couple of days.

If you follow Inkophile on Twitter or Google+, well, it might be a few days before I return to those haunts. A month of backlog will take a bit to catch up, so send email (inkophile *at* or post in the comments below if there is anything that needs immediate attention. Suggestions for post topics would be welcome, too.

Now I’m off to work on that backlog. Be back soon.

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