Ruby Wajima Bijou Sailor Pro Gear 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.
The Wajima Bijou in question is a highly limited edition - there are in fact only 300 of them - boasting a 21k gold nib and an expertly crafted lacquerware body. Produced exclusively in Wajima, western Japan, with autochthonous soil, this lacquer process requires up to one hundred production stages and has been used since the Heian Era due to its durability and aesthetic appeal.
On the writing front, smoothness, spring and bounce are all adjectives which can be used to describe this superb nib type which promises excellent and generous ink flow.
Available in Emerald green here.
Body material: PMMA Resin with urushi finish, mother or pearl maki-e finial.
Nib size: Fine & Medium
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 13cm, posted 15cm.
Included: presentation box, converter cartridge
Made in Japan