on saleSailor Pro Gear Slim Fountain Pen - Vega

Product Code SL-11-1227-302

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on saleSailor Pro Gear Slim Fountain Pen - Vega

Product Code SL-11-1227-302

In Stock

out of stock


MSRP $275.00

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This Sailor Pro Gear Slim Vega fountain pen features a glittering navy blue resin barrel, cap, and finials, all complemented by gold-plated accents. This is one of four colors as part of Sailor's Shikiori Special Edition Japanese Fairy Tale collection. The flat top cap features the Sailor anchor logo inset into the top finial. It comes equipped with Sailor's legendary 14k yellow gold nib in medium fine. The cap screws to open/close and can push to post onto the back of the barrel when writing. The Professional Gear Slim fountain pen comes with a Sailor proprietary converter as well as two proprietary Sailor Black ink cartridges.

Click here to shop all compatible Sailor ink cartridges.

Note: Sailor has fully transitioned to the new design of nib that features the anchor logo only. Some of our images may feature the old design with the anchor and “1911”.

Fountain Pens

Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.

Body Material
Cap Rotations

For pens with a screw-cap closure, how many rotations it takes to uncap/recap the pen.

Cap Type

How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).

Compatible inks & refills

Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.

Bottled inks, Proprietary Sailor ink cartridges
Filling Mechanism

How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.

Cartridge, Converter
Grip Material
Nib Size
Medium Fine
Nib Color
Nib Material
14k Gold

Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.


Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).

Diameter - Body
12mm (0.47in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
14.6mm (0.57in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
17.2mm (0.68in)
Diameter - Grip (mm)

Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.

Length - Body

The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.

109.7mm (4.32in)
Length - Cap
59.8mm (2.35in)
Length - Nib

The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.

19.2mm (0.76in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
123.3mm (4.85in)
Length - Overall (Posted)

When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.

142.1mm (5.59in)
Weight - Body

If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.

10g (0.35oz)
Weight - Cap
8g (0.28oz)
Weight - Overall (g)
Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a cartridge.

Max Ink Capacity - Converter

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a converter.


Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
sailor warranty repair

I do not recommend Sailor as a company. The section on my PGS pen fell apart. A first attempt to have it repaired took about 10 weeks. A US distributor manages warranties which require the user to pay $20 to send the pen to Japan for evaluation. After a few weeks the distributor notified me that Sailor agreed my pens had a warranty issue. Sailor glued the section back together and mailed it to me. I saw a chip on the front edge and a tiny glued split. Second, I wrote the US distributor describing the repair as unacceptable. Sailor quickly sent a new pen. However, I continued using the repaired pen due to its lovely MF nib with perfect feedback (the new pen has a finer nib without enough feedback). Soon a new long split occurred in the section near the glued split which created an ink leak. An on-line search for a used PGS section indicates that Sailor does not allow parts to be sold. I was, however, able to remove the old nib from its broken section and insert it into the new pen.Other than the Compass, this was my first experience owning a Sailor. I had tried writing with several, but the nibs vary too much, the cost is too high, and the PGS is too small for long writing (female with thin hands). I do not recommend Sailor as a company due poor customer service and over control of their products. And I have some concern re reliable nib quality.Conversely the Pilot company has extraordinary service!!! Their customer service representative has been gracious and promptly responsive to any problems I've had which have all been minor (I have five Pilot gold pens and numerous steel Pilots). Pilot is very interested in their customers experience. I also admire the company for making various types of pens rather than selling the same pens in different colors.

Sailor Vega 14k MF

Excellent writer. Classic pencil-like sailor nib in 14k, reliable inkflow (especially with sailor inks!) and a very versatile nib (draws and writes excellently)

Charles R.
The First Step is Recognizing That You Have a Problem

I think the Vega was the eighth or ninth pen I've ordered from Goulet. My sailboat is an Albin Vega ( see Cruising Lealea on YouTube https://youtu.be/pqZjo-nN4Lk), so of course, I couldn't resist. I just received the shipping notice on the Sailor Pro Gear Fountain Pen - Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Limited Edition) Iordered for my wife as an anniversary gift......What was the question?

Daniel M.

For the money, disappointing. Nib writes like a steel nib, not smooth and flowing like the gold nibs on Pilot Vanishing Point or LAMY dialog cc.

Great nib!!!

I have tried several Sailor pens, slims and standards in the 1911 and Pro Gear lines. This Vega MF is in the Shikiori series as was a light blue I returned because it was small and gold. Afterwards, I tried the afore mentioned pens. The standard size is a little too large in diameter, so tires my hand, but main objections was price. I still don't like the gold trim, but it's a little less objectionable with navy blue. The PG colors worked better for me than the 1911 colors (I'm not a fan of most of Sailor's colors and the ones I like cost $100 more). I prefer Pilot design. But love this MF nib. They are no where near as toothy as it appears from reviews. I find they will relax after a bit of use. I will get another Sailor. FYI: the 1911 is longer than the Pro Gear which has flat end. It matters if one doesn't post.

FAQs about Fountain Pens

How do I fill a fountain pen with ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above. 

Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:

  • Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write! Check out our quick guide here.
  • Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
  • Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
  • Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
  • Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking. Check out our video on how to use a vac filler here.

Check out more info on these filling mechanisms including a video on how to fill each one on our blog.

How do I clean a fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck. 

It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:

How often do I need to clean my fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors. 

Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.

My pen won’t write! What do I do? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.

We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.

If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed. 

If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help! 

What's your return policy? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

You can submit a return request within 30 days of your order date. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.

Please note we are unable to accept a return of any Namiki or Sailor Bespoke fountain pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.