Sailor Pro Gear Slim Shikiori - Sound of Rain Series. The Sound of Rain series evokes the peace and grace of rain with the gentle matte colors of every season. This series is available in the Professional Gear Slim size, each with a 21K gold bi-color nib. Spring Rain and Winter Rain are translucent, while Summer Rain and Autumn Drizzle are opaque. They are available in Medium Fine nib with matte finish on the pen body.
Spring 春雨/はるさめ - In Spring, the rain falls quietly, leaving shimmering droplets on flowers and fresh leaves.
Summer 翠雨/すいう - In Summer, the rains shines on flourishing green leaves and trees.
Autumn 霧雨/きりさめ - In Autumn, the foggy and misty drizzles moisten the fallen and faded leaves.
Winter 凍雨/とうう - In Winter, the icy droplets freeze on the empty branches, brightening up the clear sky before dawn.
- Nib: Medium Fine
- 21K Bi-Color Gold Nib
- Fill Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter (Sailor proprietary)
- Note: Rain Series comes with 21K nib on Pro Gear Slim body
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.
- Capped: 12.3cm
- Pen only: 11cm
- Posted: 14.3cm
- Cap: 1.5cm
- Barrel: 1.3cm
- Section: 1cm