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!
- 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
- 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…
- Smoothest. Pen. Ever.
- OMG at the price I paid ($55 shipped…)
- Weight and balance are idea
- Cleaning demonstrators (to OCD clean) is not fun…
- Flies through ink (which isn’t bad for me)
- 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.
Thanks for reading everyone!