Sailor Shikiori Yutsubame Ink - 20mL Bottle

Sailor Shikiori Yutsubame Ink - 20mL Bottle

The latest releases from the Sailor Shikiori Inks are inspired by traditional Japanese  fairy tales that associates with the four seasons respectively. They are also designed as companion inks to the Shikiori Pro Gear Slim Fairy Tale series. The four fairy tale ink colors include: Yutsubame, Komakusa, Nadeshiko, and Kamoshika. As part of the Sansui series, they match the Sansui pens: Yuu Tsubame, Komakusa, Nadeshiko, and Kamoshika.

Yutsubame (Spring) is inspired by the swallows of spring, and is a homage to these messengers of good fortune. This beautiful deep pink color captures the essence of their graceful flight across the stunning sunset skies, bringing a sense of renewal and hope.

Komakusa (Summer) is a representation of the resilience and beauty of the alpine queen. The "bleeding heart", Komakusa, flourishes in the summer mountains. This pine teal ink mirrors the endurance and glory of nature’s triumphs.

 Nadeshiko (Autumn) is an echo of the elegant hues of Yamato-nadeshiko. The term nadeshiko refers to the Dianthus Superbus, a frilled pink carnation. Nadeshiko adds a splash of sophisticated color to your writing. It reflects the lush fields and crystal-clear rivers of autumn, inviting tranquility into every stroke.

 Kamo-shika (Winter) is a symbol for the serene wisdom of the forest’s philosopher, the serow. Kamoshika embodies the calm poise of winter, and the color captures the serow’s graceful endurance through the snowy landscape.

About Sailor:

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.