Sailor Fountain Pen

While Sailor has been around since 1911, you probably haven’t heard of them. Then again, you probably haven’t heard of many Japanese companies. But that’s just the way most Japanese companies prefer to do business: under the radar. So why is a Japanese pen company on this list? Because they are incredibly well-designed and attractive pens — something rarer than you’d think in the world of fountain pens.

Sailor is not your average pen, they are coaxed through semi-finished pens with the world’s finest nibs, cut from the highest quality iridium. Sailor guarantees the best nib for your collection.

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1 Sailor 11-1224-303 Fountain Pen, SHIKIORI Snow Moon Sky Leaf Meong, Medium Point

Sailor 11-1224-303 Fountain Pen, SHIKIORI Snow Moon Sky Leaf Meong, Medium Point

2 Sailor Fude De Mannen - Stroke Style Calligraphy Fountain Pen - Bamboo Green - Nib Angle 55 Degrees (11-0127-767)

Sailor Fude De Mannen - Stroke Style Calligraphy Fountain Pen - Bamboo Green - Nib Angle 55 Degrees...

3 Sailor 11-1224-301 Fountain Pen, Yukizuki Sky Leaves, Spring Sky, Medium Point

Sailor 11-1224-301 Fountain Pen, Yukizuki Sky Leaves, Spring Sky, Medium Point

4 Sailor Fountain Pen Converter, Black

Sailor Fountain Pen Converter, Black

5 Sailor Fountain Pen Profit 21 M Medium 11-2021-420 Black 11-2021-420 (Japan Import)

Sailor Fountain Pen Profit 21 M Medium 11-2021-420 Black 11-2021-420 (Japan Import)

What are fountain Pens?

A fountain pen is a writing tool that consists of a metal nib (usually solid gold) and an internal reservoir so that the ink supply is continuously replenished and can be refilled. As a result, fountain top pencils have largely replaced nibs for years since dip pens, which are derived from feather pens, require dipping every few lines in ink wells to keep the ink flowing.

List of Best Sailor Fountain Pens

Sailor Fude De Mannen - Stroke Style Calligraphy Fountain Pen - Navy Blue - Nib Angle 40 Degrees (11-0127-740)

  • Is the fountain pen easily write a calligraphy by a special pen tip.
  • "Navy blue (pen tip angle 40 degrees)" is recommended for those who write and lay the pen.
  • You can write to thick writing from fine writing by writing angle.

Sailor Fude De Mannen - Stroke Style Calligraphy Fountain Pen - Navy Blue - Nib Angle 40 Degrees (11-0127-740)

  • Is the fountain pen easily write a calligraphy by a special pen tip.
  • "Navy blue (pen tip angle 40 degrees)" is recommended for those who write and lay the pen.
  • You can write to thick writing from fine writing by writing angle.

Sailor Fountain Pen Lecoule Power Stone Color, Rose Quartz, Fine (11-0311-331)

  • Language of Jewelry : Love, Peace, Beauty
  • Pen Nib: Stainless steel medium thin
  • Axis: Gritter Color
  • Package Dimensions: 16.4 L x 2.4 H x 5.4 W (centimeters)

Sailor Professional Gear Gold 24k Fountain Pen, Black, 11-2036-220 Fine Point

  • This is a professional gear for writing
  • [Method] both cartridge and converter type / service cartridge included
  • Product Size: Shaft Diameter 0.7 inches (18 mm) x Shaft Length 5.0 inches (129 mm) (shaft length 5.9 inches (149 mm) when writing: 0.7 oz (21.6 g)
  • [Features] The cap on the tail is designed to provide the perfect balance of gravity
  • [Nib] 21k gold bi-color finish Large [Lid, Body, Large Tip] PMMA resin

Sailor Lecoule Clear Fountain Pen Medium-Fine (Mf) 11-0313-300

  • ƒÓ17 x 123 mm
  • [Pen Tip] Stainless steel / Medium Fine
  • [Metal parts] Nickel chrome plating finish
  • Weight 12.4 g
  • [Method] Cartridge / Converter formula

Sailor 11-1224-301 Fountain Pen, Yukizuki Sky Leaves, Spring Sky, Medium Point

  • [Spring Sky] The image of refreshing light blue in a clear sky
  • [Method] both cartridge and converter type / service cartridge included
  • Product Size: Shaft Diameter 0.7 inches (17.4 mm) x Shaft Length 4.9 inches (124 mm) / 0.6 oz (16.8 g)
  • [Features] Beautiful natural scenery from every season. The colors are inspired by the breath of the season
  • [Nib] 14K Gold Plated Medium Tip [Lid, Body, Large Tip] PMMA Resin

Why Choose the Best Sailor Pen?

Choosing sailor fountain pens isn’t always straightforward, and too much information can be as terrible as not enough. Keeping this in mind, this guide will help you select the best Sailor fountain pen.

They aren’t as well known in the US as Pilot and a few others, but they create excellent pens. Let us help you choose the best Sailor fountain pen for 2021. It will focus on the most popular Sailor lines, assuming you don’t need a buying guide for expensive or unusual items!

Sailor Ink

The ink from Sailor has always been known for its consistently excellent performance and smooth writing experience. It is also known for being kind to fountain pens.

There are only a few pens that are compatible with Sailor ink cartridges. Alternatively, if you would like to use Sailor ink in another brand of pen, please see their bottled ink range.

Sailor Pen Lines

1911 and Professional Gear are Sailor’s two 14K gold nib fountain pen lines (aka Pro Gear). As for a “workhorse pen,” most folks desire a 1911 or a Pro Gear. Pens in these two lines will range from around $150 (MSRP) to well over $500 (including “special editions”).

1911 Sailor Pen

The Sailor 1911 Torpedo Pen is called after the year the firm was started. 1911 Sailor pen Japan comes in a variety of sizes with gold nibs. The size will determine the pricing, with the ordinary ones selling for around $100 and the 1911L and King of Pens selling for around $300.

This is a vintage pen series that will compete with a Pilot Custom 74.

The 1911 is a cartridge/converter fountain pen, except for the Realo series, which has a piston filler. While the costs may be comparable to the Pilot Custom 823, the pens are neither interchangeable or even direct competitors.

Pencil: Sailor Pro Gear

Professional Gear has flat-ended 14K and 21K nibs. A whole price and size range like the 1911 series.

The Professional Gear range is further divided into the basic Professional Gear pens and the Pro Gear II, which has a new anchor-inspired clip and a two-color gold nib.

Ink cartridge/converter fountain pen.

Pen Sizes

Standard, Regular, Slim, Large, and King of Pens are common sizes for Sailor pens. Toolsbible.com has more diverse types of pens to choose from. Depending on the line, the variations are significant but not huge:

  • 1911S Sailor Standard length: 135 mm
  • Sailor 1911L length: 142 mm
  • 1911 King of Pens: 154 mm

Slim (aka Sapporo) pens are smaller, lighter, and less expensive than Large and King of Pens. It has 21K gold nibs, whereas the Slim and Regular have 14K. (some special editions and limited models will have 21K). The King of Pens line is a big pen, similar in size to the Pelikan M1000.

Pen Styles

Popular Sailor lines in as few words as possible:

1911S: Mid-size torpedo-shaped, 14K nibs, $150 MRSP

1911L: Full-size torpedo, 21K nibs, about $250

750$ for the 1911 King of Pen, largest torpedo-shaped 21K nib.

.21K, torpedo-shaped 1911 Realo

1911 Promenade: Japanese 1911S with 14K nib and different clip design

Flat ends, 14K nib, about $250

PRO GEAR SLIM: $150 for a 14K nib

This is the regular Pro Gear in earth tones with a 21K nib.

PG-Earth: The regular Pro Gear in ocean green

Professional Gear II: flat ends, 14K or 21K nib, anchor-style clip, two-tone nib, $325-350.

Realm: flat ends, 21K nib, piston filler, $325

Sailor Nibs

14K-21K

It’s difficult to choose between these two, but the consensus is that most people can’t detect the difference between 14K and 21K gold nibs. Exists a distinction? Yes. Can some people tell? Sure. But for the average consumer, the 21K isn’t worth it.

Remember that some nibs are gold-colored, while others are gold-colored but rhodium-coated, or silver. Others will be two-tone gold combining both.

Nib Sizes and Styles

Sailor nibs are available in a variety of sizes for various pens. Some will be available from any Sailor dealer, while others may require special purchases. Here are the primary nibs, with notes:

Extra-Fine — This is too fine for a European equivalent.

  • Fine
  • Medium-Fine — The most popular
  • Broad – A European medium

Wet, resembling a double broad when written at an acute angle, but thinned up.

A dual-tine nib (not three-tine). Horizontal broad strokes, narrow downstrokes

Specialty pen brand Saibi-Togi is now available in mass-market

Know Your Sailor Terms

These pens have a piston filler and an ink window in the body. This style debuted in 2006.

Profit 21: Another name for large pens, especially 1911L.

Pens in the shape of a cigar/torpedo

Unpopular Sailor pen line with flat ends and a brass body.

Custom pens from each line. Some Bespoke pens are limited edition, adding to their exclusivity. A Bespoke 1911 King of Pen, for example, will sell for up to three times more than a Bespoke Limited Edition King of Pen Urushi Limited Edition Youkou.

Lacquer-coated pens. Handmade with up to 12 coats of lacquer. A 1911 King of Pen Urushi, for example, will sell for close to $2000.

The King of Pens. 1911 King of Pen

An appropriate name for the Pro Gear Slim pen range.

Sailor’s Budget Pens

A Sailor without spending over $100 on a gold nib fountain pen is the Profit Professor. About $30, it has many of the same features as the 1911 fountain pen. The Profit Professor is a medium-fine steel nib pen with a gold-colored metal clip and cap band.

The Sailor HighAce Neo is likewise under $10, but we don’t suggest it. This is a $3 fountain pen that isn’t as nice as the Platinum Preppy and costs around $10. It has a decent nib, however, it is inconsistent and dries down quickly.

That should do it! With this knowledge, you may choose your pen, style, color, nib, check the pricing, and order.