Sailor Procolor 500 Review

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a Sailor’s pen for me!

Okay, this is not actually for me, but I borrowed it from friendly fellow fountain pen blogger, Alt. Haven, just to review it. I love Japanese pens and would probably never prevent myself from trying out a couple of them.

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That’s a Sailor Procolor fountain pen!

I like it! It’s blue, clear, and shiny. It looks modern and clean, and the blue is a really soothing-looking blue. It evokes memories of sapphires and butterflies and water. The Sailor Procolor comes also in a bunch of nice generic colours and also the special types:

The “generic” colours include red, beige, purple, and turquoise.

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Source: Sailor

 

The “special” colours include Uchimizu (the one I am reviewing today), Stardust, Akanezora, and Sakura.

Here is a brief background on the 4 special Procolor pens. These are part of the Shikisai seasonal colours edition. Spring is represented by the Sakura (pink) as it is also the season when the Japanese cherry blossoms bloom. Summer is represented by Uchimizu (blue), which means “sprinkling water”. It is a Japanese tradition where water is sprinkled on the streets during summer to “purify” the place before welcoming people, and also to cool down the streets and prevent dust from flying around during summer. Autumn is represented by Akanezora, or “red sky”, which evokes feelings of the colours of autumn. Winter is represented by Hoshikuzu, “Star dust”, which depicts a winter sky full of stars.

Very picturesque indeed!

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It is nice to review the Summer edition of Uchimizu for this pen, since Singapore is a tropical, summer all year round country. This Sailor Procolor is lightweight, medium-sized, and affordable. The trims as chrome-plated, silver-coloured trims. It looks simple and elegant, something that can be quite suitable for users of all ages and genders. And it matches really well against my purple silicone keyboard cover!

I love clear pens and it is fascinating for me to be able to see through the pen body at the insides of the pen. The Sailor Procolor has a screw cap that takes about 2 revolutions to come off – not too troublesome, but not extremely convenient either, but it’s a small issue. Looking closer at the cap, there is a little design at the top of the cap that looks quite fascinating when photographed close up. I would imagine that we could possibly remove it and match it with other colours!

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Interesting little enclosed area in the cap

I have also taken close-ups of the branding on the cap trip where it shows “Sailor” and “1911” around the trim:

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The pen measures about 13.6cm capped, 11.7cm uncapped, and 14.8cm posted. To me, it is of a decent medium size.

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The nib is made of steel, making this pen much more affordable than other Sailor pens. You should be able to own one of these for less than 100 USD, and it looks pretty sturdy enough to last for some time. Even though the nib is steel, it writes rather smoothly although with some feedback. It is quite stiff and doesn’t have any flex, not even any spring. This pen only comes in F nibs and produces very fine lines like a typical Japanese nib. Ink flow is medium and well-controlled. I filled the pen up with J. Herbin Perle Noire (Black Pearl). Black Pearl + Sailor reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean. 😛

Here is a writing sample:

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Overall, I would probably classify this pen as a beginner’s fountain pen, but one that is for a beginner who already had experienced a couple of fountain pens and decided to move up the price range a little. The Sailor Procolor is an attractive pen and I’m rather reluctant to pass it back to Alt Haven so soon! If I could own one of these beauties, I would love to have also the Uchimizu, since I like clear pens, or the Stardust, since it is really beautiful, or the Sakura, since it is a colour I never owned before! Argh, so difficult to decide! Anyone wants to give me a Procolor? 😛

You can get Sailor Procolor pens at Aesthetic Bay, Amazon (via the affiliate links within this post), or your local Sailor retailer.

For another perspective, you can also check out Alt Haven’s review of the same pen here.

3 Responses

  1. Colin Robinson 20 January 2015 / 6:48 AM

    Screw caps are only an issue if you don’t like them, otherwise they are a design feature. Steel nibs are generally less flexible than gold nibs anyone who uses fountain pens knows this to be the case, and it keeps the cost down to a point where more people can afford them.

    • Maybelline T. 20 January 2015 / 10:25 PM

      The screw cap to me is nice but only if it allows me to use the pen quickly (not too many rounds of turning the cap). Otherwise it just feels like it gets in the way of using the pen! And yes, I agree that steel nibs definitely are less flexible than gold nibs – no doubt about it.

I would love to hear your thoughts!