My last Sailor Pro Gear, the Shumibun, looked like Luke’s lightsaber in shimmering silver and blue.
This pen, the Pro Gear Imperial Black, looks like Darth Vader’s suit. It’s black all the way down. I think it looks killer.
Unlike Darth Vader, the Pro Gear is short. In fact, it’s tiny. Every time I buy one I’m still surprised that Sailor can call this a full-size pen, and sell a ‘Slim’ model alongside! It is dwarfed by practically everything else in my collection.
But I still find it fairly comfortable to hold and write with, and particularly this edition. The matte finish of the section (and the rest of the pen) makes it feel twice as premium, less plasticky, less sharp.
I say matte finish, but the plated ruthenium trim is shiny, even on the nib.
This is in contrast to other all-black pens like the Aurora Black Mamba. Catch it in the wrong light and the Imperial Black’s ruthenium trim looks almost silver, but it’s actually a very very dark grey. I think it looks really nice, and helps to take some of the visual weight away from the Pro Gear’s huge expanse of cap band.
Mine has a Hard Fine 21k nib, which is an incredible writer, probably my best yet from the five Sailors I’ve owned. Clearly the black plating isn’t hurting performance. The flow is good, the feedback is clear but not irritating, the line width is nice. No flex but I don’t want that on a pen like this. It’s just a precise and liberating writer, and I use it often.
In all other respects it’s a usual Pro Gear. Short, stocky, dead reliable converter filler, strong clip, quick threads, anchor of the Imperial Navy on the end.
Like a couple of droids on a desert planet, I took the Imperial Black used in trade, and fully expected to flip it immediately. But of the four 1911/Pro Gear sized Sailors I’ve owned, this one just feels the best to use. The nib is great, and the matte finish is attractive and comfortable (and on mine at least, seems to be durable too).
I have absolutely felt the power of the dark side.