At some point, I discovered Sailor nibs are a pleasure to write with, and the Realo has a piston filler so no more refilling those tiny converters constantly. Let's take a look a this Pro Gear Realo!
Body Material: Resin
Nib material: 21KT Yellow Gold & Rhodium Plating
Cap: Screw on
Posts: Yes, friction
Length (capped): 134.6 mm/5.30"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 118.7 mm/4.67"
Length (posted): 149.0 mm/5.86"
Barrel Diameter: 11.2 - 13.1 mm/0.44" - 0.51"
Section Diameter: 10.3 - 11.3 mm/0.40" - 0.44"
Weight (all): 22 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 12 g
Fill type: Piston-filler
Price: Sale $328.00 USD
Where to buy: Pen Chalet
The Realo is presented in Sailor's standard faux leather blue gift box, which I find a bit dull, but at least it's not excessive. It's a hard clamshell case with the Sailor logo in gold on top. There is a white cardboard sleeve on the outside.
The resin does pick up micro scratches over time, but if you don't let it rub on other pens and keep it in a sleeve when you tote it around, it'll look pretty good.
This Realo has a two-tone 21kt nib in a hard broad. It has a single slit, a round breather hole, and is engraved with: 1911, 21K, 875, Sailor HB on the side, the Sailor anchor, and in a rhodium-plated strip, some flourishes. The nib looks thin and long, which is pretty, and I do prefer Sailor's two tone nibs to their single tone nibs, which are more common.
The piston mechanism is smooth and that ink window is very useful.
The section is small but comfortable - no sharp ridges or anything. The threads themselves are a bit sharp but they are well out of my grip space. If you have large fingers, they might get in your way, but even so, it's not too sharp.
The clip is snug, useful, and I really like how well it works. It easily slides on and off papers, pouches, and into pockets. No problems there.
PROS & CONS
I am a fan of Sailor pens, and I really love the maroon and gold of this pen. The ink window is a plus, the nib is a solid performer. However, if you don't need the piston filling system and ink window, you can pick up a 1911L for a lower price, although with a smaller ink capacity. It's a great, reliable pen, and not surprisingly, is quite dependable. I prefer the music, zoom, and regular (not hard) nibs better, but this HB puts down a consistent line. Great for those who like firm nibs and don't want something extra broad.
I received this pen at a discount for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.