Sailor Ebonite Sculpture Fountain Pen - Yakoh

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Sailor Ebonite Sculpture Fountain Pen - Yakoh

At the end of a long day, you sit down to reflect and pull out your fountain pen. Gazing out into the night, you begin to write and can't help but find comfort in both the grip and texture of your pen. The Ebonite Sculpture series was created with that feeling of quiet serenity in mind.

Each pen in this series pays homage to different elements of the night that are especially pleasing: Yogazsumi (Night Haze), Yakoh (Night Light), and Yokaze (Night Breeze). They're crafted from ebonite, a natural hard rubber created as a substitute for ebony, the African hardwood. Each pen comes in a beautiful black gift box, along with a 20mL bottle of corresponding ink, a gold converter, two black-ink cartridges, and a cleaning cloth.

夜光 (yakō) means "nocturnal luminescence" and this pen in the series is made by repeatedly rotating and carving circles into the ebonite body. As you turn the pen, and these carved circles reflect light, it produces a visual effect that looks like dots of light from cars, windows, and street lamps along a road at night. The accompanying Yakoh ink from Sailor Ink Studio is a black ink with a red tone, meant to evoke the image of tail lights from a car at night. 

  • 21K Gold Nib
  • Fill Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter (Sailor proprietary)
  • Carved ebonite rubber with gold trim
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  • Release date: January 2022
  • Comes in a gift box with a 20mL bottle of Yakoh ink, gold converter, two black-ink cartridges, and cleaning cloth

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.

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