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Sailor Pens and Nibs
On this page you will find extended info on the materials used to make Sailor pens and the nibs that are used.

Materials

A Sailor pen is equal to the highest quality and many regard the pens as the best available writing instruments in the world. The materials used by Sailor are also of the highest quality and each of them is perfect for that special Sailor collection. Below you will find more information on the materials used for the pens.

Resin

The Sailor 1911 and Sapporo pens amongst others are produced from PMMA resin. PMMA short for Polymethyl methacrylate is a member of a family of polymers which chemists call acrylates, but the rest of the world calls acrylics. The material is one of the hardest polymers, rigid, glass-clear with glossy finish and good weather resistance. Parts made of PMMA have high mechanical strength and good dimensional stability. PMMA is also highly scratch resistant.

Ebonite

The Sailor King of Pens is hand turned on a lathe from Ebonite which is sometimes known as black hard rubber. It is often used in bowling balls, smoking pipe mouthpieces, fountain pen bodies and nib feeds, and saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces. Ebonite material is very warm to the touch and it抯 rich elasticity and unique texture provides quality and character to the product.
Ebonite may discolor over time and when exposed to ultraviolet (sun)light it may become matte, giving the pen its own personality. If you do want to keep your pen glossy you may choose for a pen made of ebonite with a layer of urushi lacquer, preventing the pen to discolor for a very long time, or choose a resin Sailor pen.

Sterling Silver

Some models are produced from 925 Sterling Silver. Being produced in Japan there is no requirement for a hallmark but the pens are marked "925 Sterling Silver". For sterling silver pens, when not coated with for instance rhodium or platinum, you will have to use some silver cleaner from time to time as the pen will tarnish. Do not put the silver cleaner on the pen, rather place a little on a clean cloth and then rub the pen, and then polish the pen with a clean cloth. Start with very small amounts. Use a good cotton cloth as you will have to go under the clips and you do not want threads catching.

Furthermore, Sailor also uses various types of wood (e.g. bamboo, ebony, briar wood, Yaku-Sugi) for their pens, all with their own characteristics and outstanding natural appearance. Also, Arita porcelain (also known centuries ago as Imari porcelain) was used in the creation of some of the finest pens.


Nibs

Sailor is fortunate to enjoy the legendary prowess of master Nib Designer Nobuyoshi Nagahara. For nearly six decades he has passionately become one with his craft. Mr. Nagahara personally oversees and directs the design process of Sailor抯 unique nibs. A true legend, Mr. Nagahara has also shared an exclusive series of very unique styles of nibs and pens that Sailor 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 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

Sailor Pen offers a variety of model choices with different nib sizes and in both 14K and 21K solid 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



Professional Gear Series nibs

The Professional Gear Series pens 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.

     



The King of Pens nib range

The King of pens has a larger oversized 21K nib which is available in M and B widths. There are also some Nagahara nib designs available for this pen (please see Nagahara nib section below).




The Nagahara nib line up The special nib development by Mr. Nagahara started long ago with the 慛aginata Togi nib. The shape of the tip of this nib is somewhat longer than normal pen nibs and resembles the shape of the Japanese 慛aginata Long sword hence the name.

The unique 慛aginata Togi nib allows a very wide range of writing angles and gives personality to the writing style. The 慛aginata Togi nib is available in Broad (NB), Medium (NM) and Medium Fine (NMF).




Naginata Togi NB (broad)




Naginata Togi NM (medium)




Naginata Togi NMF (medium fine)

Naginata Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir.

Naginata Concord

Fine writing strokes in normal use and bold calligraphic strokes with use in reverse!

Naginata Concord Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow.

Naginata Fude de Mannen

Bold calligraphic strokes in normal use depending upon writing angle and finer strokes with use in reverse.

Naginata Cross Point

Double layered nib with unique Cross point design on the tipping provides a variety of interesting writing strokes 朾road and fine

Naginata Cross Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow

Naginata Cross Concord

Double layered nib with unique cross point design on the tipping provides broad calligraphic stroke on the reverse.

Naginata Cross Concord Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow.

Naginata Cross Music

Double layered nib with unique cross point on the tipping. Specially shaped/tapered to provide interesting calligraphy.

Naginata Cross Music Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow.

"Nagahara" King Cobra

Specially designed and engineered by Mr. Nagahara himself - this creation is made with two nibs joined together. The resulting tips are expertly ground and polished to shape they resemble the Head and jaws of the Cobra snake. This nib writes in a variety of extremely broad strokes (up to 6B) and is only suited to pen barrels of a minimum length.

"Nagahara" King Cobra Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow.

"Nagahara" King Eagle

Specially designed and crafted by Mr. Nagahara himself this nib is made joining three nibs together on top of one another. The tipping surfaces are then specially slit to produce the double Cross. The Tips are then specially ground and polished to provide the ultimate in flexible writing with broad medium and fine writing possibilities. This special nib is also only suited to pen barrels of a minimum length.

"Nagahara" King Eagle Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow.

Naginata Sai-bi Togi

The finest nib ever created by Sailor Pen Extra extra fine (EEF). This nib is designed and crafted by Yukio Nagahara. A total of 11 different processes are involved in the production including the use of a special microscope and projector system. The name Sai-bi means fine and beautiful writing in Japanese.

The King of Pens "Nagahara" nib Line up

In addition to the standard 21K nib in M and B, the King of Pens has some special "Nagahara" nibs available on certain models depending on the market.
"Naginata Togi" available in NB broad, NM medium and NMF medium fine.

In addition the following Special Nagahara nibs are available on some models of the King of Pens.


"Nagahara" Cross Point

Double layered nib with unique Cross point design on the tipping provides a variety of interesting writing strokes broad and fine.

"Nagahara" King Eagle

Specially designed and crafted by Mr. Nagahara himself this nib is made joining three nibs together on top of one another. The tipping surfaces are then specially slit to produce the double Cross. The Tips are then specially ground and polished to provide the ultimate in flexible writing with broad medium and fine writing possibilities. This special nib is also only suited to pen barrels of a minimum length.

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