Sailor 1911 Realo Burgundy 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. 

We are showcasing here the 1911 Realo, a tribute to Sailor's long heritage and know-how in pen making. Featuring a 21 karat gold nib and trim in a variety of sizes (extra-fine, medium and music) whereas most companies opt for 14k or 18k. The choice of material adds depth and complexity to the nib which almost feels well-worn, 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. 

Body material: PMMA Resin
Nib size: Extra fine, Medium and Music
Nib material: 21k gold
Cap type: Threaded screw-on cap
Refill type: Vacuum filling system; can only be used with bottled fountain pen ink. 
closed 14.1cm, posted 15.5cm.
presentation box

Made in Japan