Many fountain pen brands are known for their exceptional writing products, but one standout that has maintained a level of unparalleled excellence over the years is Sailor. This Japanese fountain pen brand was founded in 1911 and is rich in tradition. They’re known for creating luxury fountain pens with beautiful and endearing designs that many fountain pen enthusiasts look for. They are also known for their high-quality nibs that feel unique when used to write with.
Here are some of the best Sailor fountain pens to try:
The Sailor 1911 is the company’s flagship fountain pen. It is a beautifully classic cigar-shaped design with rounded ends on the cap and barrel. This fountain pen comes in two sizes: the 1911S (standard) and the 1911L (large), making it suitable for all hand sizes. Another difference between the two is that the 1911S is fitted with a smaller 14k gold nib while the 1911L has a bigger and softer 21k gold nib.
Those who are looking for a more affordable Sailor fountain pen can go with the Sailor ProColor line. There are various colors to choose from in the Shikiori or “Four Seasons” line, dedicated to the beauty of each season in Japan. The pen has a classic torpedo-shaped profile and is medium in size, making it versatile and wonderfully comfortable to hold. The steel nib is firm yet smooth, which gives a pleasant and precise writing experience. For its price point, this is an excellent Sailor pen to have in your collection.
One of the most stylish designs in the Sailor line of pens is the Professional Gear, or simply, ProGear. This is one of the brand’s most popular fountain pens. Unlike the 1911 line, the ProGear pens have flat ends on the cap and barrel, and the finials are sometimes finished using contrasting colors. You will also see the brand’s anchor medallion embellished on the cap. The ProGear is a bit shorter than the 1911 model, so some writers actually prefer to write with the cap posted. If you’re looking for a more slender version of the Sailor ProGear, then the ProGear Slim series might be more suited to your preferences. It also comes at a lower price point.
Last but not least, we have the Sailor ProGear Slim Mini. If you’re a writer with small hands, then this is definitely the pen for you. It is just under four inches long when uncapped, so do keep this in mind when choosing what Sailor fountain pen to get. This pen uses a mini converter for bottled inks, but all sailor cartridges will fit as normal. The ProGear Slim Mini comes with a 14k gold nib that writes just as well as its other ProGear counterparts.
And there you have it! One of the best parts about writing with and collecting Sailor fountain pens is their exceptional quality and fun special and limited edition releases. If you want to learn more about Sailor, we’ve written an in-depth review - Diving Deep with Sailor Fountain Pens.
Happy writing with your Sailor fountain pen!
Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting