on saleSailor Iro-Miyabi Fountain Pen - Fukaki-Ake
on saleSailor Iro-Miyabi Fountain Pen - Fukaki-Ake
Sailor Bespoke’s 2nd Edition release in the Iro-Miyabi Collection, ‘Miyabi-nuri,’ features historical colors of nobility. The delicate patterns on each of these pens are created with the expressive application of lacquers using a silk cloth. The patterns that result are soft, elegant, and refined with colors that precisely complement one another. The subtle shimmer to these designs is achieved by the delicate sprinkling of pure gold and silver powders to their surface.
These colors have achieved historical significance, and have been around for many millennia. Fukaki-Ake is a deep red color that has been associated with nobility since the Asuka period. Madder red and purple are cross-dyed together, a method that required many processes.
This sophisticated red lacquered fountain pen is made on an ebonite base in the King of Pen size, and features the famously smooth oversized 21K bi-color gold nib for a seamless, unparalleled writing experience.
The paulownia box supplied with this fountain pen is extremely suitable for the storage of lacquer products. It is complimented by the addition of a Sanada-strap which is commonly used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Included inside is a cleaning cloth, 2 ink cartridges, and an instruction manual. An ink converter is installed in the pen.
The Sailor Iro-Miyabi fountain pen collection is available exclusively through authorized Sailor Bespoke retailers.
About the lacquer techniques:
The value of lacquerware was established in the Nara and Heian periods as a symbol of wealth in aristocratic society and a beautiful embodiment of the world of Shintoism and Buddhism, and colored lacquer has developed along with it. The beauty and profoundness of Japanese traditions, and the lacquerware that enriches and inspires people, are the reasons why the pen barrel is finished in colored lacquer and named the traditional lacquer "Iro-Miyabi" series.
In Miyabi-nuri, a rich expression is created by taking lacquer on a silk cloth and stroking it. The pattern is expressed by using base color lacquer and special lacquer so that it does not stand out strongly and expresses a sense of fineness. In addition, pure gold and silver powders are gently sprinkled on the surface of the lacquer.
- Fountain Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Urushi lacquer over ebonite
- 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
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
- 21k 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
- 15.2mm (0.60in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 17.6mm (0.69in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 20.2mm (0.80in)
- 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.
- 131.4mm (5.17in)
- Length - Cap
- 73.2mm (2.88in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 25.7mm (1.01in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 153.3mm (6.04in)
- 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.
- 167.4mm (6.59in)
- Weight - Body
If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.
- 23g (0.81oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 11g (0.39oz)
- 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.
Reviews & Questions
How do I fill a fountain pen with ink?
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!
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.
You can learn more with our Fountain Pen 101 video on Filling Mechanisms on YouTube.
How do I clean a fountain pen?
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?
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?
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!