The Shikiori Pen series by Sailor is celebrating its 5th anniversary with this reflective new design inspired by a grain of rice. Sailor 1911 Shikiori 5th Anniversary “Minori” (meaning bountiful harvest in Japanese) is designed to echo the colors in rice paddies, with the soft reflection of a blue sky in the body, the green of growing rice shown on the section, and golden hour sunshine glinting off of the water at sundown captured in the cap. These intricate details come together in the shape of a grain of rice, and are complimented by brilliant gold ion-plated accents with a 14K gold Medium-Fine nib. The fountain pen arrives in a set, with a 20mL bottle of color-changing ink. This ink writes green and then becomes more hazel-colored as it dries, mimicking the life cycle of rice as it grows and then eventually returns to the earth.
- Color: Midori
- 14K Gold Medium Fine Nib
- Fill Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter (Sailor proprietary)
- More Sailor
- Release Date: September 2022
Comes with a converter, a cartridge and ink bottle
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: 13.5cm
- Pen only: 11.7cm
- Posted: 14.8cm
- Cap: 1.5cm
- Barrel: 1.2cm
- Section: 1cm