|WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW|
|Filling System||c/c (proprietary)|
|Dimensions||Capped Length: 133mm
Posted Length: 148.5
Uncapped Length: 118.6mm
Barrel Ø: 10.7mm
Section Ø: 8.2-9.5mm
|Notes||Available in six finishes|
|Price||$60 (as reviewed)|
Normally, hearing of a new product announcement from Sheaffer would get me almost as excited as listening to a lecture on the awesomeness of ballpoint pens. But, when I saw the new Sagaris I couldn’t help but sit up and take notice.
There was something just ever so different about the Sagaris, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it at first. Was it the shape and material of the section? The clip? The nib? The price? The name? Honestly, it was all those things combined that really grabbed my attention. If you haven’t given a second look at the new Sagaris, I’d say it’s time you did. You might be surprised by some of the changes.
Sheaffer must have replaced a whole department or something because between the Sagaris and the Taranis (which I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks), we’re actually starting to see some exciting products with equally exciting names! If you’re not aware, Taranis comes from Celtic mythology and is the god of thunder. Sagaris is a long-shafted weapon with a metal head, with either a sharp ax-like or blunt hammer-like edge on one side and a sharp (straight or curving) ‘ice-pick’-like point on the other. That’s gotta be the coolest sounding things I’ve ever read! But there’s so much more to a pen than just a name, so let’s explore these other features.
First, let’s take a look at the overall shape of the pen. The slight taper to the cap and barrel are reminiscent of the Imperial and Triumph pens that were released in the early 1960s and when combined with the height and thickness of the pen provide very pleasing proportions to the eye and the hand. The clip, which features Sheaffer’s iconic White Dot®, is slim and integrated nicely into the pen. It provides a hearty amount of tension and was easy to place with one hand, except over the thickest of seams like the doubled up edges of jeans pockets. Finishing off the exterior of the pen is a high gloss black finish with chrome trim, an option that starts at the base price of only $60. Six other finishes are available at two other price levels for a wide variety of options.
The cap is held in place with a snap mechanism that provides a satisfying SNIKT! that makes repeatedly popping the cap on and off kinda fun. I’ve caught myself doing exactly that several times as I gather my thoughts during a writing session. Once I was finally ready to write, the cap posted securely and had me wishing every pen posted as well as the Sagaris.
I was surprised by how comfortable this pen was to use, what with it being relatively thin and my preference for large pens. The Sagaris is definitely useable when not posted, which is helped by the weight of it’s metal barrel, but I found it much easier to use when in the posted position. A lot of that comfort comes from the shape and material of the section and the shape of the transition from section to barrel.
With the Sagaris, Sheaffer has moved away from the cheap looking and feeling sections as those found on the Prelude or Agio, and has gone with a resin section that is just a joy to use. Evidence of injection molding is left behind on the section in two barely perceivable flash lines that are 180º apart. You’ll only see the flash lines in the right light and can only be felt by running a fingernail over them. I would prefer them to not be there at all, but at this price point I can’t really complain. Moving from the section to the barrel is aided by a smooth, chromed chamfer that’s much less distracting than threads.
The nib in the Sheaffer Sagaris really impressed me with its performance. It’s a stainless steel affair that’s available in fine and medium widths, and has an imprint design all its own. The #5 sized nib tends to look out of place in many pens, but fits perfectly on the Sagaris. From the moment I inked it up it performed flawlessly. The plastic, injection molded feed provided a consistent, slightly wet flow of ink while the nib was more than happy to smoothly glide across any paper I provided. No skip, hard starts, or scratchiness was experienced at any time. As I said before, I was really impressed with the nib.
The only thing I can really complain about is the proprietary cartridges and converter that Sheaffer makes you use. A quality Sheaffer converter is included with the pen, along with two blue Skrip cartridges, but the limitation of the proprietary system is just annoying. I can’t use Sheaffer’s converter with any other pen because the neck diameter is larger than the standard international converter, and if the Sheaffer converter fails I can’t use one of the many international converters I have as a backup because the opening of the converter is larger than the stem on the Sheaffer feed. The same goes for the cartridges, you can’t mix and match them. I’d be a lot happier with the standard international fitting, but in reality, it’s far from a deal breaker.
In the end, I’m very pleased with the new Sagaris. I think it’s a quality writing instrument and at the $60 price point it’s a heck of a deal. I can see it being an excellent gift pen or a great recommendation for someone looking to upgrade from the introductory $15-20 fountain pens out there. At $75 for the gold trim models, though, it’s a bit of a stretch, and at $90, well, there are a lot of other choices out there.
This pen was provided for review by Kenro Industries.