Friday, July 6, 2018

Sailor Reglus Fountain Pen Review @ThePenCompany

Thank you to The Pen Company for sending the Sailor Reglus for a review!
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ABOUT

Body material: PMMA resin
Trim: Metal
Cap: Snap-on
Posts: Yes, friction
Nib material: Steel, rhodium-plated
Filling: Sailor proprietary cartridge/converter
Length (capped): 138.63 mm/5.45"
Length (uncapped): 122.39 mm/4.81"
Length (posted): 147.90 mm/5.82"
Length (section): 27.41 mm/1.07"
Diameter (barrel): 9.15 - 10.96 mm/0.36" - 0.43"
Diameter (section): 8.88 mm - 10.22 mm/0.35" - 0.40"
Weight (all): 22 g
Weight (cap): 9 g
Weight (body): 13 g
Price: $100.09 USD
Where to buy: The Pen Company

PACKAGING

The Sailor Reglus is presented in a simple, light, blue cardboard box. The top has a little Sailor logo printed in gold. The box is otherwise unmarked. Oddly enough, I like its simplicity more than the boxes for Sailor's other models like the 1911 and Pro Gear. The pen was sealed in a plastic sleeve, held in place on a removable grey felt bed by a satin ribbon. Underneath the bed, you will find a Sailor Writing Instrument Guide and a Sailor converter.
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APPEARANCE

The Sailor Reglus is a full-size pen - on the slimmer side but length-wise, it looks full size. It's quite attractive! It has a round cap and body and the barrel is slimmer than the cap. Both ends of the pen are flat. The finial is a chrome top with the Sailor anchor logo in it. The clip is attached through a very, very snug and clean cut out in the cap. The clip is chrome and is shaped like a long fin or propeller. It has no markings on it. It is not an ugly clip but I prefer the one on the 1911/Pro Gear models. This one does not feel like a Sailor to me.
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There is a metal cap band with ridges and another metal band on the barrel. It's engraved with 'Sailor Since 1911'. There is also a metal band near the end of the barrel. The section is smooth and round, tapering slightly towards the nib. The end is a flared metal ridge. The cap, barrel, and section are a very beautiful resin that looks like a slightly metallic bordeaux.
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Overall, it's a quite pretty pen. I do prefer the design and appearance of the 1911 and Pro Gear models over this one, but the price on this one is lower so I can see how it would be more appealing.

NIB & PERFORMANCE

This Reglus has a fine steel nib that is rhodium-plated, making it extra shiny and pretty. It has a single slit, a round breather hole, and is engraved with the Sailor logo as well as the anchor, 'Japan' and F for the nib size. I think it's a super cute nib design! The writing experience was quite pleasant, and a little different to the 1911/Pro Gear nibs I am used to. It is definitely on the dry side in terms of ink flow but not at all skippy and there were no hard starts. Drying times are fast so it's a great daily writer and because the fine is so, well, fine, I think it would be great for planners as well. It offers a little bit of feedback but does not feel scratchy or misaligned.
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It is a firm nib for the most part but a tiny bit of line variation is possible if you apply some pressure. I think it's best not to, in this case. To maintain those clean, precise lines, use a light hand.
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The cartridge/converter system is great - simple and easy to use. A lot of people dislike Sailor's converters because of their small ink capacity but in a fine nib like this, it'll last awhile. I don't mind it myself.

IN HAND

The clip is springy and easy to operate one-handed. The clip also slides on and off papers, pockets, and pouches easily. The section is a bit on the slim side but I did not find it uncomfortable or slippery.

Unposted, the pen feels light but balanced for longer writing sessions. I can imagine those with larger hands would prefer to use this posted. The cap does post snugly and securely by friction and because the pen isn't all that heavy to begin with, I did not find it uncomfortable when posted - not too heavy. I love the satisfying, secure snap cap as well! It's fidgety and addictive to play with.
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Top to bottom: Opus 88 Koloro Blue/Blue, Sailor 1911 Large, Lamy Safari, Sailor Reglus.
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PROS & CONS

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OVERALL

The Reglus is attractive and I am a big fan of Sailor pens. It is a pretty pleasant writer - well tuned, well adjusted, and it is great for clean, precise lines. Great daily writer. You can find pens that are cartridge/converter with steel nibs for the same price or less, but I am a fan of Sailor pens in general so I think it's worth a look. The more options, the merrier! I keep this paired up with Sailor's Kiwa-Guro Nano Pigmented black and they make a stellar pair.


I received this item/these items free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.

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