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It is said that with a treasured fountain pen, the writer assumes an air of accomplishment as they practice the art of fine handwriting. As one writes, one expresses his innermost thoughts and passions to the world. A pen in the hand becomes an extension of the body and soul. Writing with a fountain pen is a romantic link to our past culture that allows a personal expression that cannot be emulated by today’s sterile forms of communication. Rising above the times a fountain pen will stay, and forever remain, the purest means of self-expression.

To that To To To that end, Sailor is fortunate to enjoy the legendary prowess of master Nib Designer Nobuyoshi Nagahara (shown left). For nearly six decades he has passionately become one with his craft. Mr. Nagahara personally oversees and directs the design process of Sailor’s unique nibs. A true legend, Mr. Nagahara has also graciously shared an exclusive series of very unique styles of nibs and pens that Sailor proudly offers as part of its limited editions line up. These pens, just like the man that crafted them, are truly unique in design, character and personality.

Fine pen nibs can only be produced by professionally skilled craftsman who painstakingly produce them one by one…

First, gold and other precious metals are melted and rolled into a plate. It is then crafted into shape and iridium-tipping material is carefully applied to the pen nib. The tipping material applied begins to determine the nib width. Refinement and polishing is then needed to prepare it for the next step…

At this stage the perfect ink flow and nib elasticity is determined. With careful precision, the nib is severed along an exact vertical line. This process insures correct air flow and flexibility unique to each Sailor nib.

Finally, the top of the nib and the writing surface are meticulously polished and tuned to ensure the smoothest writing experience possible. Now, the nib is truly born into a life of its own; conceived, crafted, refined and presented to you to complete its journey…



The Sailor Nib Line up


Every individual has their own preferences and writing style. To cater for these individual needs and purpose of use Sailor Pen offer an impressive range of nib grades –most of which (but not all) are available with all models of fountain pen.


The Standard nib range


Sailor Pen offers a variety of model choices with different nib sizes and  in both 14K and 21Ksolid gold.  Both  the 14K and 21K nibs come in seven different variants as follows;



Extra Fine –EF Fine – F

Medium Fine MF

Medium Broad Zoom
Music MS    




Professional Gear Series nibs


The Professional Gear Series products have the special dual tone bicolour nibs as shown.below. Some models with rhodium accents are fitted with the all Rhodium nib also shown below.


Bicolour Gold Bicolour Rhodium Rhodium nib

The King of Pens nib range



The King of pens has a larger oversized 21K  nib which is available in M and B


Also available in  some Nagahara nib designs –see later section –The Nagahara story.


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