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The Nibs

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 end, Sailor was fortunate to enjoy the innovative skills of master nib designer Nobuyoshi Nagahara, and prowess of his son Yukio Nagahara. For decades they passionately became one with their craft and today Mr. Yukio Nagahara personally oversees and directs the design process of Sailor’s unique nibs, based on the legacy that his father graciously established with an exclusive series of very unique styles of nibs and pens, which Sailor proudly offers as part of its special nib range. These pens, just like the man that crafted them, are truly unique in design, character and personality.

Yukio Nagahara
Yukio Nagahara

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…


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

The Standard Nib Range

A variety of choices with different nib widths and in 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 (M)


Broad (B)


Zoom (Z)


Music (MS)

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

Bicolor Gold


Bicolor Rhodium


Rhodium nib


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