Sailor Pro Gear Fountain Pen - The Checkmate Series - Soul of Chess

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Sailor Pro Gear Fountain Pen - The Checkmate Series - Soul of Chess (North America exclusive color). 

As the second release in the Checkmate Series by Sailor, the Soul of Chess represents the pawn in chess. As the most numerous and substantial piece in chess, victory is beyond reach without it. 

Inspired by the significance of the pawn, Soul of Chess is created by Sailor following Knight to E4 in the Checkmate Series. It has a stunningly transparent white body, translucent ivory cap accented with silver trim, and a rhodium-plated 21k gold nib. This Pro Gear also comes with an elegant custom finial of a chess pawn design. Like Knight to E4, this Pro Gear comes with a weighted metal section that makes the pen-holding sensation reminiscent of a real chess piece.

  • Release Date: December 2023
  • Nib Size: Extra Fine, Fine, Medium Fine, Medium, Broad, Zoom and Music
  • Rhodium-plated 21k gold nib
  • Fill Mechanism: Cartridge/converter (Sailor proprietary) 
  • Custom top finial with a chess pawn design
  • Weighted metal section
  • Comes with a converter and a cartridge
  • Limited edition production of only 500 pieces, individually numbered on the box
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  • Length (capped): 13.5cm
  • Diameter: 1.32 cm
  • Weight: 21.6g

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 1970s, 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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