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[Guest Post] Sailor 1911 Matte Black Full Size with a Naginata Togi MF Nib

[Guest Post] The Sailor 1911 Matte Black Full Size with a Naginata Togi MF Nib

Another awesome guest post by Susan Pigott! You may know her from her own blog, Scribalishess! Her photography, handwriting, and reviewing skills are top notch. If you like what you see here, make sure to go check out more on her site! Here’s Susan’s review of the The Sailor 1911 Large Matte Black Fountain Pen with an incredible Naginata Togi MF nib. Enjoy!

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Review Ink: Diamine Ancient Copper

Specs:

Description:  A Sailor 1911 Full Size in Matte Black with rhodium accents fitted with a Naginata Togi MF Nib

Nib:  21K Gold Naginata Togi MF

Filling Mechanism:  Cartridge/Converter

Weight: 23.7 grams

Measurements:  5.5 inches in length, capped; 4 and 3/4 inches uncapped; and 6 inches posted

Color Options: Black with gold trim; Black with rhodium trim, Burgundy with gold trim, Black luster, Matte Black with gold trim, Matte Black with rhodium trim and metal section, Naginata-Togi Gin-sensuji with Rhodium Trim, Naginata-Togi Ribbed Black with Gold Trim,Naginata-Togi Ribbed Black with Rhodium Trim, Naginata-Togi Ribbed Burgundy with Rhodium Trim, Black Realo with gold trim, Burgundy Realo with gold trim.

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Intro/About: 

I’ve been eyeing Naginata Togi nibs for quite some time now. I’ve always been fascinated with Sailor specialty nibs, and the Togi is the most basic (and least expensive) of the specialty nibs. I bought this pen from a seller on FPN for about $100 off the price listed at Classic Pens ($416). The seller had bought it from Classic Pens, so the nib was tuned by John Mottishaw. I was thrilled because I almost bought this very pen at the full price.

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Ed already reviewed a Sailor Professional Gear 1911, so I’m not going to focus much on the pen itself, though my model is a bit different. This review is all about the nib.

Appearance and Packaging: 

My Sailor 1911 came in a blue, rectangular clamshell box with literature about the pen and Sailor’s specialty nibs. Included were one ink cartridge and a converter.

The matte black version with rhodium trim is subtle and beautiful. I usually like gold-trimmed pens, but the rhodium matches the matte black perfectly. I honestly have too many black, cigar-shaped pens in my collection, but the matte black makes this pen stand out from the crowd. It’s classy, like Bond, James Bond.

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Nib Performance and Filling System:

The nib is what truly makes this pen something special.

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The Naginata Togi nib allows for a great deal of line variation depending on the angle of the pen to the paper. It is an unusually-shaped nib (see photos), and it has a longer than usual tip. It’s a 21K nib and is pretty rigid. You’re not going to get any flex while writing with this nib. The line variation comes from how you hold the pen. In the written review, I held the nib in my normal writing position, which is about 45 degrees, and I found the nib wrote beautifully. You can see differences in line width when I held the pen at a 90 degree angle, a 45 degree angle, and a super low angle (as close to the paper as I could hold it).

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Most of the Sailor specialty nibs are made for Japanese-styles of writing and calligraphy. But I wanted one for writing Hebrew since the horizontal strokes need to be thicker than the vertical strokes. (In real life I’m a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew). Even though I have a Hebrew nib from Richard Binder, it’s got a very narrow width and, unless I write tiny, I can’t see much variation between the horizontal and vertical strokes. The Naginata Togi does quite well, though I still need to practice making the Hebrew look good. I sure wish I could do Hebrew calligraphy.

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I admit I was nervous about buying a Sailor specialty nib. When you go the page on Classic Pens, the specialty nibs are almost overwhelming. They are amazingly intricate, and I was afraid I would find the Naginata Togi to be ridiculously broad. I even called and asked about the nibs and was told they are not for everyone. But I am a believer in this nib. I’m amazed at how smoothly it writes. I love the versatility it has depending on the angle you’re writing.

One concern I had is that the Naginata Togi nib puts down lots of ink when you’re writing broad. I was afraid the feed and the converter wouldn’t be able to keep up. So far, everything has been perfect, though I expect to refill this pen more often than most.

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Feel:

The Sailor 1911 full size feels great in the hand. It’s not a heavy pen. It is smooth as silk but not slippery. I don’t post my pens, but I tried writing with it posted and, for me at least, posting ruins the balance. If you want line variation, you have to hold the pen at different angles. Some angles are quite uncomfortable (such as trying to write super fine at 90 degrees). Other angles are easier on the wrist, but the lower you go, the slower you have to write.

 

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Pros:

  • The 1911 in Matte Black is a gorgeous pen. It is sleek and elegant and the rhodium trim complements it perfectly.
  • The pen feels good in the hand and is neither too heavy nor too light.
  • The Naginata Togi nib is a useful departure from a typical nib. I can see artists using this nib for sketching since you can get such wonderful line variation. For me, it works great as a general writer and it enhances my Hebrew printing.

Cons:

  • I prefer piston filler pens. The Sailor converter only holds .5ml of ink. You can get the Sailor Realo instead, but it only holds .9ml. Currently the Realo only comes in Black and Burgundy with gold trim. So, if you want the matte black, you have to go with the 1911 or Pro Gear.
  • The pen looks rather ordinary and plain. I like colorful pens. But the matte black makes it stand out from other black, cigar-shaped pens and the rhodium trim is different from my other pens, all of which have gold accents.
  • The Naginata Togi nib may not suit everyone’s tastes. If you can try one before you buy, that’s the best thing to do. I definitely wouldn’t go larger than the MF Togi. I’ve read that the medium and broad versions are like writing with Magic Markers.

 

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Conclusion:

All in all, I am very pleased with my Sailor 1911 Naginata Togi. My fears about the nib were unwarranted and, in fact, I am crazy about it. I love how it looks, how it writes, and that it is versatile enough that I can write in my journal or write Hebrew or both (because I totally write in Hebrew in my journal . . . not).

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Ink Review

PenLamy Accent, 1.1mm Stub
Ink: Diamine Registrar’s (Iron Gall)
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Pros:

  • Nice shading
  • Iron Gall permanence
  • Behaves well on cheap paper
  • Archival (until it burns through the paper in 500 years)

Cons:

  • Writes very dry
  • Can’t be left in a pen unattended for too long

Notes:
At the time of writing, I was on a bit of an Iron Gall kick. First I fell in love with Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa, now I’m enjoying the Registrar’s, and I have a sample vial of R&K Salix waiting to be loaded up. The most interesting thing about this ink is how it dries from a pale dusty blue to a deep blue-black as the ink oxidizes. The ink comes out of the pen as a light blue with some nice shading, check back in 24 hours and it’s super dark. The ink behaves well on the Kyokuto paper, Rhodia, copy paper, and Field Notes. It’s a great ink to have around due to it’s versatility. I’ve really been enjoying watching the transition from light blue to near-black. My only issue with the ink is how dry it writes. This would be best suited in a wet flowing pen. Overall, I think the positives outweigh the negatives. The real test is going to be how the Diamine holds up to Rohrer & Klingner’s blue iron gall offering.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the review!

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PenHero 9018 Fude Nib
Ink: Diamine Aqua Blue
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Pros:

  • Reminds me of Sheaffer Peacock Blue
  • Beautiful shading
  • Great flow
  • I want to swim in it

Cons:

  • None!

Notes:
This one is a real winner. The awesome shading, great flow, and best of all, it reminds me of Sheaffer Peacock Blue (discontinued). This pen and ink combo is pretty awesome too. The wet fude nib really shows off the shading capability of the ink. Another positive for me is the brand, Diamine, which happens to be my favorite ink manufacturer. There is really nothing bad I can say about this ink at all, I love it. If you’re searching for a great turquoise, or a replacement for the now discontinued Peacock Blue, don’t sleep on this one. Thanks again again again to Azizah over at Gourmet Pens for sending this one over in the giant sample package she sent.

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PenLamy Al-Star – Medium Nib
Ink: Diamine Salamander
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Notes:
At the time of writing, I said I was still on the fence about this ink. I’ve been converted. I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. It looks kind of like burnt oil, pond scum, spa mud, garbage water, and after a quick google image search, it looks a lot like a salamander. Do all of these gross-colored things I’m comparing it to mean I don’t like the ink? Not at all. It’s like a darker version of Rohrer and Klingner’s Alt-Goldgrun, which was a bit too light for me. The subtle shading shows off the yellow undertones of the ink, while the sections where the ink pools look near-black. Once the ink is dry, it’s more obvious that this is a dark green with brown and black hues as well. I’ll gladly try any new ink that Diamine makes, they’re one of my favorite brands in terms of color offerings and performance. The Salamander flows and dries just like I’d expect, and the ink goes down smoothly in the Lamy’s medium nib. Will I be buying a bottle of Salamander? I’m not sure yet, but it’s certainly a unique offering from Diamine that I’m enjoying quite a bit.

Pros:

  • Unique color
  • Subtle shading
  • Good performance

Cons:

  • The unique color is also a little gross

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Diamine Meadow 11PenLamy Safari – Broad Nib
Ink: Diamine Meadow
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 - Top Spiral Bound

Notes:
Just another green ink? Not entirely. Diamine Meadow leans more towards the yellow end of the spectrum. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Diamine makes some of my favorite inks, and Meadow performs as well as my favorites. This ink shades like crazy with a broad nib, and I bet it would be even better in a stub. It’s a great summery color and it’s a pleasure to write with. If you like what you see, definitely check this one out. I would recommend this ink to anyone who likes the shading of Rohrer & Klingner’s Alt-Goldgrun, but aren’t crazy about the mustard-like undertones in the color. I was sent a sample of this ink by one of my Instagram followers, so thanks @klpeabody for the ink!

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Yellowy-green, but not obnoxious. This would be right at home in a Lamy Limited Edition Apple Green Safari. This ink has a bit more yellow than Diamine’s Apple Glory.

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The broad nib makes for some great shading, but everything is still legible.

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Yes, it shades. Layering is pretty nice too. There’s some slight bleed-through on the third pass.

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The cursive writing makes me want to put this in a flex nib. So now that has to happen.

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I’m now going to be doing copy paper tests. Nothing crazy, but I have no idea why I failed to include these in everything else. You see some slight feathering, and there’s a little bleed through. Keep in mind, this is a broad nib. I’m sure the ink would do just fine in a fine, or extra fine.

Pros:

  • Pleasing shade of green
  • Great shading
  • Good flow

Cons:

  • Some mild feathering on copy paper

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