Blue Sailor Millecolore 21K 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, the 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 ensures total quality control, and private ownership protects their original vision and enthusiasm for pen making.
Presented here is a rare and exclusive model by Sailor, possibly the least known - but no less deserving - of the three brands named above. Sailor was founded in 1911 and named for the naval town of Kure, Hiroshima, where the company was born. The Millecolore has now been discontinued but CK has tracked down a few pieces for your pen loving pleasure. It combines the charm of the 1980s thanks to flamboyant blue thematic with gold plated trims with the holy grail of nibs: Sailor's goldilocks of nibs, 21K gold grade in Medium-Fine.
This industry exception (no one else makes it - competition usually opts for 14k or 18k) and unique nib grading is nor too fine, nor too medium, it is perfectly balanced in every way and possesses the depth and complexity of a well-worn nib, already having lived, as if bequeathed by a rich uncle. Smoothness, spring and bounce are all adjectives which can be used to describe this superb nib type which promises excellent and generous ink flow. Highly recommended - get it while its still available.
Also available in a matching ballpoint - please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Body material: PMMA resin with 24k gold trims
Nib size: Medium-Fine
Nib material: 21k gold
Cap type: Threaded screw-on cap
Cartridge type: Takes Sailor cartridges which can be found here, supplied with a converter cartridge.
Dimensions: Closed 12.95cm, Posted 14.98cm, Diameter 1.27cm.
Included: Presentation box, converter cartridge
Made in Japan