Sailor Professional Gear Slim Mini - Rencontre Series

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Gris Fer/Iron Gray
Bordeaux Fonce/Dark Burgundy
Bleu Ciel/Sky Blue

The Sailor Pen Professional Gear Slim Mini, also nicknamed Sapporo Mini, was discontinued from the North American 10 years ago. Limited quantities were later produced exclusively for the Japanese market, and in 2019, Sailor Japan reintroduced them back with 6 new modern colors. The Professional Gear Slim Mini is a shorter version of the Professional Gear Slim. When capped, the Slim Mini is 106 mm in length - or 18 mm shorter than the Slim. However, when posted, it is only 11 mm shorter. This pen is perfect for those compact size pen to fit a small purse or shallow pocket, and want the quality and feel of a slim-sized Professional Gear for pure writing performance. Due to its shorter size, this pen is not suitable for use with a standard converter and therefore does not come with one. Use only standard Sailor cartridge.

Rencontre is French for “encounter”. This series embodies the encounter between acrylic resin which offers transparentness and durability, with the elegant texture of marble patterns, born of Sailorʼ s original technique.

Two materials blending into each other to create irregular patters to take on a beautiful form. Resulting patterns are each unique and different. Encounter your one-of-a-kind marble pattern, born of a combination of brand-new materials and design.

The marble patterned barrel is the iconic characteristic of this series and is manufactured with the injection molding method we normally employ for resin parts. Only under limited conditions can two colors form a beautiful marble pattern without blending too much into each other. Marble forming techniques have existed, but it was always considered difficult to create marble patterns with acrylic resin. At Sailor Pen, we have developed an original technique for realizing marble patterns with polished shine and depth, using acrylic resin.

  • Sailor Professional Gear Slim Mini - Rencontre Series
  • Nib: Medium Fine
  • 14K Gold Nib
  • Fill Mechanism: Cartridge (Sailor proprietary) or Sailor Mini Converter Note: Sailor Standard converter does not fit due to it's size
  • Sailor Mini Converter
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  • Comes with two cartridges in black
  • Note: The previous series has been discontinued. This updated version features pressure post cap instead of screwed post cap in the previous version.

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.