Sailor Mandarin Yellow Fountain Pen
Three companies dominate Japanese fountain pen making, all established in the 1910's and 1920's, and all motivated by their common desire to develop a superior Japanese counterpart to their Western competitors such as Waterman and Parker. Ironically, both latter companies have lost their once top dog positions in the 'fountain pen world', while Sailor, Pilot and Platinum today represent the holy trinity of excellence in writing utensils. The main and defining reason for this accolade is the fact that all three companies supervise their production from beginning to end within their very own factories. No subcontracting insures total quality control, and private ownership protects their original vision and enthusiasm for pen making.
Presented here a great little number by Sailor, possibly the lesser known but not less deserving of the three brands named above. Sailor was founded in 1911 named after the naval town where the company was born in Kure, Hiroshima. The pen references the infamous 1920s pen by Parker - Duofold in Manadarin Yellow - a colour George Parker chose, supposedly inspired by a Japanese cloisonné vase he purchased on his travels East. A good story highlighting the orientalist fashions typical of the 1920s ; and how interesting that the colour should now be re-appropriated by Sailor in a full circle demonstration of cross referencing in design.
Aside from the fantastic bold and vibrant colour, its tapered black trims and slender size give this pen an elegant silhouette.
More specifically about the pen and its writing capabilities, this model can be described as easy-going - a generous medium nib makes its it particularly suited to first time users. Absolute smoothness and a very rounded feel, experience no angles or strain while writing.
Material: PMMA Resin
Nib type: 14k Gold Nib, Medium or Fine (choose from dropdown menu )
Cartridge type: Takes Sailor cartridges which can be found here, supplied with a converter cartridge.
Dimensions: closed: 135mm, open: 117mm, posted: 149mm.