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Sailor Shikiori Hisakata - Stardust Fountain Pen Review.

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The Sailor Shikiori Hisakata used to be known as the Sailor Procolor. I was lucky enough to be bought this pen as a gift from my husband. It's my first experience with a Sailor fountain pen and I think it's a great introduction. It comes in at a good price, approx £55 and is a great size. Plus there are some of the distinctive Sailor features available in this pen.

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My Shikiori Hisakata gets its Stardust name due to the barrel design. It has a resin body in a navy colour and throughout the barrel there are flecks of silver and blue that looks like Stardust or the night sky. I really love this design which is hard to emulate on a screen. In person and in the light the flecks within the pen body look wonderful. They really shine, but they’re not too bold and glittery. I’m not a glittery girl, but this works beautifully.

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The finish on the Stardust is chrome which compliments the colour nicely. Around the base of the pen cap there is quite a thick chrome ring which has the Sailor branding. Thee other chrome accents come from the pen clip and a ring around the top of the pen cap. Overall the amount of chrome detailing feels right.

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I have a fine nib which was purchased through The Writing Desk. This is the only nib size they have and as this is a Japanese brand the fine is very fine. The nib is small but the perfect size for this pen and it has some beautiful detailing that can be found on other Sailor fountain pens.

Sailor flourishes on the nib

Sailor flourishes on the nib

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This is a screw cap pen so your cap shouldn’t remove unnecessarily from the pen. The grip section has the same resin finish as the pen body which means that lovely design isn't broken up. It's comfortable to grip and I haven't experienced any slipping from the resin finish.

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Overall thoughts.

This is my first Sailor fountain pen and it is completely lovely. It’s a really nice pen to use, the nib is smooth and you get a super fine line. The pen is comfortable to write with for long periods of time and the weight balance is good. It’s a £55 Sailor pen and I think a great entry into Sailor. There are cheaper Sailor fountain pens you could try such as the Lecoule but the Shikiori Hisakata is a much prettier design.

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Kaweco AL Sport - A Re-Review

This review started out very differently outlining the benefits of the Kaweco AL Sport, my decisions for buying it and what I liked about this fountain pen. Turns out, to my surprise, I have already reviewed this fountain pen back in September 2015.

Therefore this post will be a short re-review as there are a number of things that have changed in how I use the Kaweco AL Sport.

I bought the Kaweco AL Sport with a medium nib initially as this was all that was available. After a couple of months use I found this nib size too broad for general note taking especially in smaller notebooks. I therefore bought a replacement nib unit with a fine nib and simply swapped this out. The ability to change the nib units in the AL Sport fountain pens is a huge benefit. It means I get to adjust the pen to my requirements for a small additional outlay cost of around £5.

Recently with the launch of the new Kaweco Sport piston convertor I have been using this with my AL Sport. I have wanted a convertor for this fountain pen for some time and the lack of a piston convertor on this range of fountain pens has always been a bit of a frustration. I did try the squeezy convertor but this was awful and held hardly any ink at all.

The new convertor is very small, around the size of a normal ink cartridge. You can see from the photo below the size difference between the two is minimal. As the convertor is small it does make filling the pen fiddly. Whilst it is a benefit to have the option of a piston convertor for the Kaweco Sport line, it’s not any better than refilling a used standard ink cartridge with a syringe. Something worth bearing in mind.

After having this pen for over six months I am really enjoying the Kaweco AL Sport. It is one of my most used fountain pens and I always have it inked up. The new finer nib has increased my enjoyment of this pen dramatically. The convertor aspect is workable but I wouldn’t rush out and buy one if you don’t need to, there are alternative methods that are just as good.