Nagasawa Original Pro Gear Slim Mini Ikuseiso - Yukidoke (幾星霜 - ゆきどけ)
Ikuseiso(幾星霜) in Japanese symbolizes diligence for countless months and years, with a poetic imagery of time flying by under stars and frost. Yukidoke, on the other hand, means snow thawing during springtime. The concept behind this beautiful fountain pen is that when snow begins to thaw in spring, it also represents the arriving season of hope. The 14k gold nib comes with a unique rooster weathervane symbol that represents the Kitano Museum(Kitano Ijinkan-gai), a renowned Kobe landmark.
- 14k gold nib(Kobe rooster weathervane design)
- Silver trim
- Fill mechanism: Cartridge or Sailor mini converter (Sailor proprietary)
- More Sailor
Comes two cartridges
Nagasawa Bungu Center, also known as Nagasawa Kobe, was founded as a local stationery store in 1882 and seeks to share the beauty of Kobe with stationery lovers around the world. Their original inks and pens are developed closely with Sailor to ensure the quality you expect from Sailor.
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.