Sailor Naginata-Togi - SYOKEI. The Naginata Togi nib features a larger and specially ground tipping that allows a wide variation of line width. The nib emulates character writing with an expressive brush like strokes. It features 21K gold nib on a King of Pen body. The nib was officially launched on Sailor’s 80th anniversary under Nobuyoshi Nagahara, Sailor’s resident nib master for over 65 years. Under Nobuyoshi Nagahara, Sailor has released many special Naginata nibs. The name Naginata is inspired by with shape of the tipping that looks similar to traditional long sword.
Unlike other fountain pens in Sailor's bespoke nib lineup, this fountain pen comes on a larger King of Pen body, barrel and grip sections. The body is crafted with the colored ebonite "Chirashi (scattering)" technique. The color of the SYOKEI fountain pen is inspired by “Tsurebiki”, a masterpiece of “Ukiyoe (woodblock print)” by Harunobu Suzuki.
- Sailor special Naginata-Togi nib on King of Pen body
- 21K Bicolor Nib
- Fill Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter (Sailor proprietary)
- Bottle of Sailor Black ink included
- Comes with a converter and cartridges
- Numbered limited 500 worldwide
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Sailor was founded in 1911. The founder Kyugoro Sakata was given a fountain pen by a friend returning from the UK after studying at the Royal Navy. He was inspired and determined to start making fountain pens in Japan. Sailor became the first fountain pen company in Japan, and earned many more firsts in Japan -- first ballpoint pen in 1948, first ink cartridge in 1954 and first brush pen in 1972, etc.
In the 1970's, Sailor made a popular beginner fountain pen, "Candy," that sold more than 15 million within a few years. However, the number of the fountain pen users were declining as ballpoint pens became more mainstream.
In 1981, Sailor decided to go in the opposite direction from their "Candy" pen and began focusing on producing a higher standard series, which is the 1911 series we see today. Their focus on making a higher standard provides a great foundation for their later series of pens. Today, Sailor makes one of the most diverse lines of nibs, some of which are designed for specific writing purposes such as writing musical notes to one that is best for character writing.
The 1911 offers a great balance and a smooth writing experience. The pen writes with a slight but satisfying feedback and it fits perfectly in the hand.
- Capped: 14cm
- Pen only: 12.2cm
- Posted: 15.4cm
- Cap: 1.6cm
- Barrel: 1.33cm
- Section: 1.1cm