1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review

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1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review

Sailor Magellan Demonstrator – Medium Nib (1998)

Wow. That’s all I have to say about this pen. I purchased this pen on a whim from GoPens.com’s Quarterly Catalog. Continuing the streak of buying Sailor Pens for $55, I picked up this NOS 1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator, with a medium, 14k gold nib. The clip has some weird corrosion on it, but it’s easily looked over. I can not begin to tell you how smoothly this pen writes. It’s amazing, and I practically zone out every time I’m using it out of pure writing enjoyment. Why am I not doing a full review on this pen? The answer is because it’s no longer available and I have had some trouble getting any more information on it. However, in the picture below, you’ll see a bullet style review written out using the categories I use in my full pen reviews. Please enjoy the photos, and if you happen to see one of these out in the wild for sale, jump on it!

1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen ReviewIntro:

  • Impulse buy – at $50, how could I say no?
  • Hard to find – going on 15 years old
  • Hands down, the smoothest writing pen I own

Appearance and Packaging:

  • Demo with gold accents – I like, don’t love, it
  • Nib is very plain, lightly stamped anchor and some filigree
  • Gold band at grip looks good – like the Pelikan M605′s silver band
  • Original pen comes with a box – this one didn’t
  • Regular full-sized pen – in between the Sapporo and the Professional Gear

Nib and Filling System:

  • Super wet, super smooth – smoothest pen I own
  • About the same nib width as a Lamy 2000 medium
  • Big step in width from a modern Professional Gear fine nib
  • Fills with cartridge or converter – nothing special

Feel:

  • Medium weight – feels good for extended writing sessions
  • Size is good – comfortable both posted and non-posted
  • Grip is comfortable – between Professional Gear and Sapporo
  • Feels like the Pelikan M605 – but 1/6 of the price…

Pros:

  • Smoothest. Pen. Ever.
  • OMG at the price I paid ($55 shipped…)
  • Weight and balance are idea

Cons:

  • Cleaning demonstrators (to OCD clean) is not fun…
  • Flies through ink (which isn’t bad for me)

Conclusion:

  • Everything happens for a reason – I sold my Pelikan M605, and this pen came into my life shortly after, filling any and all void left behind
  • Amazing nib / writing experience
  • Looks great
  • Price was amazing – not biased – I would have gladly paid full retail for this pen. It’s a better writer than my M605 was.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
I have only used Iroshizuku fuyu-syogun in the pen so far, I’m sure a bright blue would look great sloshing around in there.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
Here it is on the back cover of a Rhodia pad – needs some contrast to show off the innards.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
You can see the wonderful, great, super awesome, best-nib-ever through the cap. The inner plastic has become a little cloudy and is a pain in the neck to get out to clean. Oh well.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
The text on the cap band looks a little outdated, but that’s perfectly fine because it’s a pen from the 90′s. You can see the corrosion on the cap – maybe this Sailor wasn’t stored so carefully?
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
Alternate view – the other side at the same angle. It’s nice to be able to see the nib. I really wish I loaded it up with a brighter ink for these pictures!
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
The nib is really rather plain, but that’s okay. I prefer the more elaborate Sailor nibs.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
It’s crazy how much this pen feels like my ex-Pelikan M605. The weight and balance are quite similar. The gold band at the end of the grip reminds me of the silver one on the Pelikan.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
Dark and brooding nib picture. This thing mercilessly pours out ink. I swear you can see the converter emptying as you write.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
All posted up. Very classy looking pen.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
Compared to a posted Kaweco AL-Star. The pen is a decent amount bigger when posted, that extra centimeter or so really makes a difference.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
That nib in action.
1998 Sailor Magellan Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review
The super wet nib allows for some great shading.

Thanks for reading everyone!

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6 thoughts on “Sailor Magellan Photo Post”

    1. Definitely do so! They mostly sell vintage stuff, but there’s usually a small modern section. Great site, great customer service, and fun to look through. Thanks for reading!

  1. Congratulations, Ed! The Magellan is a neat Sailor to acquire, and the nibs are among the best, IMHO. If you don’t mind, I’m going to link to your review in a Magellan post I wrote earlier this year. I’ve never head of the demonstrator Magellan—but that’s thing about this particular model, there were many materials used outside of the “official” Magellan materials, and there’s no list available to us! So it’s cool to see them pop up from time to time, and we all go “ohhhhh!” Cheers to you.

    1. Thanks! Go right ahead with the link, I look forward to reading the review myself. It’s hard to find any information on the pen, but it’s shaping up to be one of my favorites.

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