Fountain Pens of the World: Exploring Brands from Japan

Japan is known for its approach to simplicity and excellence in all things. Whether it’s cutting edge technology, media, food, or practicing traditions, this country undoubtedly sets the bar quite high. 


The same can be said about Japanese stationery. Japanese brands are known for combining technological advancements with thoughtful design and high-quality materials. The process of manufacturing paper, writing instruments, and other supplies involves plenty of commitment and respect to produce the best products possible. 


Some of the very best fountain pens come from Japanese brands. They are known for their classic designs and, more importantly, their precise nib engineering. Nearly all Japanese fountain pen manufacturers produce their nibs in house, which means there is more control over quality and consistency. 


If you’re considering buying a fountain pen from a Japanese brand, then here are some great options:


Pilot Prera

Many writers are familiar with the affordable Pilot Metropolitan as it is one of Pilot’s most popular models. Another excellent option to consider from this brand is the Pilot Prera. It’s a reasonably priced fountain pen that offers a great combination of smoothness, comfort, style, and value for beginners and experienced fountain pen users alike.


One of the standout features of the Pilot Prera is its smooth steel nib, which glides effortlessly across paper. The feed provides excellent ink flow that allows the pen to start immediately without any skips or blotches. Another great thing about this pen is the grip and balance. While some pens are too large or too small, the Prera is just right — not too thick or thin. The build quality is excellent, made of a hard plastic that gives the pen even weight distribution.


All in all, the Prera is an excellent pen if you’re starting out with Pilot. 


Sailor Pro Gear

Sailor is well known for manufacturing fountain pens that produce very consistent lines and a unique, pencil-like feedback that helps writers enjoy the feel of the paper. If you aren’t a fan of nibs that feel too wet (as if you’re writing on glass), then this brand may be a good choice for you. 


Sailor ProGear fountain pens come with two-tone 21k gold nibs and a professional-looking design. They offer a wide selection of nib sizes, from extra fine to broad, music, and zoom. It is helpful to remember that Japanese nibs run smaller than their Western counterparts, and this is especially true for this brand. The ProGear has good ink flow and an excellent converter system, and the nib quality is superb, especially for its price point. The pen also feels comfortable in the hand, making it suitable for long writing sessions.


Those who want exceptional nib quality and a unique writing experience will love the ProGear models from this brand. 


Platinum 3776 Century

Platinum is another reliable Japanese brand that produces quality fountain pens. Like most Sailor pens, the Platinum 3776 Century has an outstanding nib that gives writers a little bit of feedback. The brand is also well known for their slip and seal technology, which is designed to keep the nib wet even after weeks and months of non-use.


Writers can expect a solid and reliable performance from the 3776 Century. The nib produces clean and crisp lines, making the pen very pleasant to write with. Those who prefer softer nibs with a bit more flex will especially enjoy the soft fine nib size. Although its cigar-shaped look may seem a little boring, the pen has a high build quality, with precisely cut threads, polished resin, and a solid clip. It’s designed to be balanced in the hand as well, making it a versatile pick for different writers.


Japanese fountain pens are shining examples of quality, precision, tradition, and modernity, all rolled into one. Whether you choose Pilot, Sailor, or Platinum, you’re bound to get a top-notch fountain pen that is a worthy addition to your collection. 


Happy writing!



Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting

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