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Sailor 1911 Profit Professor Fountain Pen

The Sailor 1911 Profit Professor is an affordable version of the Sailor 1911 series. Selling for just about $30 but still managing to feature the iconic styling of the 1911 series, the Profit Professor is a very interesting offering.

The Professor is a has a screw-on cap and is a cartridge-converter fountain pen.

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The 1911 Profit Professor is a plastic (Sailor calls it “resin”) pen with a screw cap and styling that strongly resembles the standard 1911 pens. The main differences are that the Profit Professor has:

  • a steel nib, not a 14K gold one
  • a nib that is gold-colored, but not bi-colored
  • less metal hardware. For instance the metal ring near the top of the body and cap is missing
  • a smaller diameter
  • a simpler cap band and clip design
  • no included converter

Being a “Profit” model, the Profit Professor uses a cigar-shaped body that is tapered to a curve at each end. This is Sailor’s standard naming convention.

Sailor 1911 Profit Professor Review

Despite the 1911 series being known for its wonderful gold nib, the Profit Professor is a very good pen, especially considering the price tag. It uses a design that keeps the price down but makes it still look and feel like a much more expensive pen.

The gold-colored steel nib is a another example of how the Professor limits cost, but still retains the looks of the 1911 fountain pens. What’s more important here is that is actually writes like a Sailor. Sailor’s steel nib offer a lot of feedback so it feels like a Sailor. The feedback doesn’t have as much personality as the gold nib and it’s a bit less smooth, but keep in mind that the Profit Professor is sold as a medium fine, so comparing it to a medium or fine in the gold 1911 models will be an imperfect exercise.

The steel nib does not tend to try out and is not prone to hard starts. It’s a very well behaved nib that is a good pick to daily use.

Sailor 1911 Profit Professor Fountain Pen Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Sailor
Pen Type Fountain Pen | Cartridge/Converter
Barrel Color Black, Red
Barrel Material Plastic
Body Diameter (mm)12.36
Grip Color Black, Red
Grip Material Plastic
Grip Diameter (mm)10.4
Country of Origin Japan
MSRP $30
Still Sold Yes
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Capped? Retractable?Capped - Screw On
Length Capped / Retracted (cm)13.5
Length Posted (cm)14.5
Length Uncapped (cm)11.5
Weight (g)20
Ink Color ShippedBlack
Nib MaterialSteel
Nib ColorGold
Nib SizesMedium Fine
Writing SizesMedium Fine