A piece of art history brought into the present.
The intricate design of the newest Bespoke Pen by Sailor, the Kirikane Fountain Pen, is breathtaking.
The Kirikane technique involves cutting thin gold leaf into hair-thin strips and making patterns (lines, diamond, or triangle shapes) with them. Two pieces of gold leaf are heated over an ash banked fire and bonded together. An additional bonding is then made to strengthen the leaf and to add thickness. The bonded gold leaf is then cut with a bamboo knife on a deer skin covered table and then affixed with a special seaweed glue (funori).
Kirikane was originally developed as a technique for Buddhist art decoration in statues and paintings, and it is now used in Japan, mainly in Kyoto to decorate special art and craft materials.
Interested collectors can now own a piece of this historically unique art form with a Sailor Kirikane fountain pen, each with a symbolic and meaningful design. Each pen was handmade over months of work by artisan Kasen Otsuka.
The Asaba, or hemp leaf, is a hexagonal geometric pattern that has been used to decorate Buddhist statues since the Heian period. The fast-growing hemp leaf can reach 4 meters in 4 months and signifies the healthy growth of children. This pattern is also used to ward off evil.
Each Sailor Kirikane fountain pen has a large 21K gold nib (1911L size) and complemented by gold-plated accents. It accepts Sailor proprietary ink cartridges or a Sailor converter, both of which are included.
The gift package is made of Japanese chestnut, a material that has been used as a building material in Japan since ancient times because of its hardness, moisture resistance, and durability. The Kirikane fountain pen is carefully protected in a solid box made of strong chestnut wood.
The Sailor Kirikane fountain pen collection is available in limited quantities exclusively through authorized Sailor Bespoke retailers.
Click here to shop all compatible Sailor ink cartridges.
- 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 ebony wood
- 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 nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 17.0mm (0.67in)
- Diameter - Grip (mm)
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- Length - Cap
- 65.2mm (2.57in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 21.0mm (0.83in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 164.1mm (6.46in)
- Weight - Cap
- 15.0g (0.53oz)
- 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!
Sailor Kirikane Fountain Pen - Asaba
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