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Sailor 1911 King of Pen - Color Urushi Kaga - Ebonite Fountain Pen - Cherry Red

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Sailor 1911 King of Pen - Color Urushi Kaga - Ebonite Fountain Pen 

Urushi lacquer is made from the sap of the Urushi Tree which takes 15 years to mature and can only be found in Eastern Asia.  Due to its natural origins and lengthy maturation times, Urushi is a very limited and highly coveted lacquer material. It must be applied layer by layer to allow proper curing and setting time for each layer, which can take up to two months. Once finished, Urushi will be waterproof and resistant to most environmental conditions, making Urushi fountain pens shiny, durable, and able to stand the test of time.

The base of these pens is Ebonite, a special material made of vulcanized rubber (rubber hardened by treatment with sulfur). Ebonite is extremely lightweight, durable, and chemical-resistant, making it a great base to hold the 12 layers of Urushi lacquer on these pens.

Unlike many Urushi pens that only come in classic colors such as black or red, the Pigmented Urushi in Sailor's Color Urushi Kaga line ensures that there is an Urushi Ebonite pen to suit anyone's tastes.

  • Sailor 1911 King of Pen Body
  • 21K Bicolor Gold Nib
  • Colored Urushi Lacquer Over Ebonite Base
  • Fill Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter (Sailor proprietary) 
  • Contains: 1 Bottle of Sailor Black Ink, 1 Cleaning Cloth, 1 Sailor Converter, and a Black Sailor Cartridge
  • More Sailor Bespoke Nibs


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.

 

Length:

  • Capped: 15.4cm
  • Pen only: 13.1cm
  • Posted: 16.8cm

Diameter:

  • Cap: 1.8cm
  • Barrel: 1.5cm
  • Grip Section: 1.2-1.3cm