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|
|Pen Type||Fountain Pen | Cartridge/Converter|
|Barrel Color||Black, Red|
|Body Diameter (mm)||12.36|
|Grip Color||Black, Red|
|Grip Diameter (mm)||10.4|
|Country of Origin||Japan|
|Capped? Retractable?||Capped - Screw On|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)||13.5|
|Length Posted (cm)||14.5|
|Length Uncapped (cm)||11.5|
|Ink Color Shipped||Black|
|Nib Sizes||Medium Fine|
|Writing Sizes||Medium Fine|