Sailor KOP Iro Miyabi Ivory Fountain Pen
Sailor KOP Iro Miyabi Ivory Fountain Pen is known as Usuko which the name comes from the Japanese word koboku which means fragrant wood because the pen is dyed with fragrant wood for an elegant colour which was adored in the Heian Period (794 – 1185).
The traditional lacquer art Iro Miyabi is a series of writing tools that expresses the traditional Japanese Iro (meaning colour) along with the elegant and beautiful Miyabi (meaning grace) with lacquer.
It is said that the value of lacquered furnishings (lacquerware) was established in the Nara (710 – 794) and Heian (794 – 1185) periods as a symbol of the aristocratic society’s wealth and as a beautiful embodiment of the world of the Gods and Buddha. The colour of the lacquerware was developed in the tandem with this value.
The Iro Miyabi Series features a pen barrel finished with colour lacquer, and a paulownia box bundled with the famous Sanada braid, based on the beauty and depth of Japanese traditions, which bring enrichment and excitement to people.
Materials: Ebonite coated with Urushi
Filling system: Converter & Cartridge type
Nib availability: 21K Gold nib
About Sailor Pen Japan
Sailor Pen Japan was founded in 1911 by Kyugoro Sakata, an engineer from the historic naval port of Hiroshima in Japan, who was introduced to a Fountain Pen brought from England by a sailor friend. He was determined to produce a finely crafted Japanese writing instrument with the highest specification and writing experience.
The company was named Sailor Pen with the aspiration of expanding this homegrown name, Sailor Pen, internationally like the voyages of a Sailor.
Sailor Pen became the first company to produce Fountain Pens for the domestic Japanese market and it is credited to be one of the oldest established pen companies in Japan. Sailor Pen has continued to maintain its heritage of quality and technical excellence over more than a 100 years since then.
Today, Sailor Pens are remembered by any avid fountain pen users as the gold standard in Japanese fountain pen nib making from its late nib artisan, Nagahara Nobuyoshi 長原宣義. Many nib designs by Sailor Pen are hotly sought after by collectors for its extraordinary writing ability like the Sailor Concorde nib which allows one to write in both fine nib and brush strokes font style on just one fountain pen nib by turning it upside down.
Sailor Pen is also well known for making Japanese makie fountain pens which are usually made by master Japanese artisans in Kaga 加賀 makie style. Notable Sailor Limited Edition fountain pens made to commemorate its 100th Anniversary in Arita, Sailor Limited Edition Noto Nogoro Fountain pens and Nagahara Nobuyoshi’s Retirement Pens are just some of the many popular fountain pens made by the Japanese pen manufacturer based in Hiroshima.