Now comes the part about what I don’t like about the pen. So far everything you read about sounds all good. You might be all ready to buy the pen but you have to take note this next part before buying. This is a demonstrator pen but all over the pen where are threads on the inside, there is traces of sealant dried in very obvious spots. It is not the best looking thing for a demonstrator pen. Yes, this is a purely aesthetic problem but half of the reason to buy a pen and an expensive one at that, is the way the pen looks. This is a disappointment for me. I’ve spoke to a local retailer and apparently this is something that the Japan market is able to accept but not anyone from the international market. I guess I’ve proven their point.
For a Sailor pen, this isn’t the cheapest available. For a Sailor Pro Gear pen, this is still isn’t the most value for money model around. For a Sailor Pro Gear Realo pen, it still isn’t the most affordable one out there. However, if you love the look of the pen like I do, there is only the one out there. The sealant cosmetic issue is a disappointment but I can overlook them for the sake of the great writing experience.
Since this is only available from Japan, I would suggest anyone interested to buy and ship it to a forwarder like Tenso. (No affiliates with the company, just passing on what I use.) That’s the company I used for all my Japan purchases if they don’t ship internationally.
Some helpful words for those who are searching for Sailor pens in Japanese.
セーラー = Sailor
万年筆 = Fountain Pen
プロフェッショナルギア = Professional Gear (last 2 characters being the Gear)
レアロ = Realo