My Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with its extra fine nib and Sailor Nano Sei-boku blue-black ink is a holdover from last year, having been inked up in early December. That’s a long time to have a pigment ink, even a nano pigment ink, in any pen. This one is a thin Japanese extra fine nib which, on the surface, seems like a bad combination. In the 7+ months that the pen was inked the combination was completely problem free. No hard starts and no skipping, just smooth writing.
Ever since the original converter leaked a full load into the barrel of this pen I’ve stuck to cartridges. Since I prefer a dark ink with this thin nib this hasn’t been a problem since I do like the Sailor ink. It was a cartridge again this time out.
The Regency Stripe spent most of its time in my Nock Co. Fodderstack XL which travels in my shirt pocket. Any fountain pen in this roll gets limited use and the Regency Stripe got even less use. As a screw-cap pen, and one that needs about two complete rotations to uncap, it isn’t quick to use and I would often pick the Retro 51 that was next to it for any quick note. But it did get used occasionally when I sat down to write. I did like having a very thin nib always available to me. In July I moved it to my Penvelope 6 and it got frequent use during the month. The nib has a nice firmness to it with just a little spring and the ink flow is consistently good.
It was about a week before I got around to flushing out the dry pen. Again, not something I like to do with a pigment ink but in this case the pen was easy to clean out. I cleaned two other pens with it and this was the easiest and quickest by far.
I’m already missing the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe from my rotation. I keep having this internal debate about sticking with pens I like or going with a variety. I think this one will return to the rotation in August, but this time it will be in my pen case where I’ll use it regularly.
The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen has become the pen I go to in order to try out new inks. The medium nib, in addition to being a great Sailor nib, is a good middle of the road size for trying out inks. Although there’s probably an exception, I expect this nib to allow a ink to shine. This time around, for it’s fifth ink, I picked Bookbinders Everglades Ratsnake. Unless you know snakes the name doesn’t give a hint to its orange color.
I picked Everglades Ratsnake as part of my continuing search for my ideal orange ink. While I liked the color well enough, the ink was a little dry, even for a guy that likes drier inks. The pen often felt like it was about to run dry. I also had to prime the feed once when using the pen, an uncommon occurrence with my Sailor pens unless they’ve been standing for an extended period of time, which wasn’t the case here.
The pen was inked from November 7th to December 15th. While this length of time would make it seem like I rarely used the pen, this wasn’t the case. The bright orange ink was good for highlights or headings in my notes, so it was used more days than it wasn’t. It just didn’t write much each day. That one time I had to prime the feed was during the rare occurrence of using it to write multiple pages and I was well into my second page.
It did well on the Tomoe River paper of my Seven Seas Writer and dried relatively fast compared to other inks on that paper. It was also used extensively on my Write Notepads wire bound notebook which I’m currently using for my work related notes. Medium nibs are always iffy on this paper but I didn’t suffer any bleed-through or show-through while using it. The ink dried quickly so I didn’t suffer any careless smudges either.
Bookbinders Everglades Ratsnake was a nice enough ink and I do like the color, but it fell far short of being the perfect orange for me and my search will continue. The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen continues to be a favorite and it’s already been filled with a new ink, but it was just meh with this ink.
The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe is one of the pens I consider worth replacing. So I like it. It’s had a bit of a run of bad ink choices on my part, and a bad converter on Sailor’s part. So when I inked it up back on December 27th I picked a Sailor Jentle Black ink cartridge. A nice dark easy flowing ink for the very thin extra fine Sailor nib. A choice I knew would be problem free.
They worked well together and when the first cartridge was empty I popped in a second. Two cartridges in less than three months is actually pretty fast for me, especially considering how thin the line is.
I should have a full review up in a few days so I won’t make many comments here. The pen will take a break for a bit. I have 13 pens still inked, including an XXXF also with black ink, so the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe will take a break to give the other fountain pens a chance.