Pen: Sailor King Of Pen, Gold leaf Maki-e Hana Seiza… aka Milky Way
Type: Cartridge converter (Proprietary)
Material: PMMA resin aka Poly Methyl Metacrylate
Weight: 39g inked
Nib: Largest sized Sailor nib, 21kt gold Medium. Closer to Fine then it is to medium.
Ink: Sailor SkyHigh
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
Finally the infamous Sailor King of Pen (KOP). There is so much to say about this pen in particular, I will try to first talk about the KOP in general before going on to talking about this particular model.
First, the name King of Pen, this might just be some sort of mistranslation from Japanese to English, and Sailor might have actually intended it to be called King of Pens. The name has been corrected on the current version of the English Sailor website to “King of Pens”, however when you buy some of the older stock pens, such as this one, often the print on the box will still say “King of Pen” so for consistencies sake, I will stick with the original appellation or simply use KOP.
Alright, with this out of the way, let’s get to the pen. This is Sailor’s flagship pen, and as with all flagship pens, it’s big and expensive. As most of you know by now, Sailor pens are heavily influenced by the famous German pen maker Mont-Blanc, and this pen is no exception. The shape, the size, everything about the KOP will remind you of the Meisterstück 149.
But as with all great Japanese pens, there are quite some differences. First Sailor KOP is typically a cartridge converter pen (except for the 95th LE pen, the original Realo was a piston filler) and as a result of that, maintenance on this pen is extremely easy. Clean the converter, pull out nib and feed, rinse thoroughly, let it dry and then put it back together. Second, it has that amazing 21kt gold nib and third, it’s made out of PMMA or Ebonite depending on the model, not “Precious Resin”…. Ok, ok, I’ll stop picking on MB….. ;-)
As a writing instrument, this pen is fantastic, as with all Sailor pens, the nib and the feed are simply amazing. What differentiates the KOP from the 1911 Large? Well in all honestly, it’s the size. If you really like large pens with great large nibs, then this pen is for you. If you want something smaller and more affordable, then stick with the 1911 Large, it’s large enough, but not huge. When it comes to dimensions, this pen is slightly larger then the 149 and the Pelikan M1000, it’s pretty much the same size as the Platinum Izumo (see my video review for some comparisons).
What distinguishes this particular model is the decoration. It is beautifully studded with inlayed gold leaves and abalone (raden) representing constellations and flowers, there’s also a river of gold dust spiralling the length of the cap and barrel representing the Milky Way galaxy. The fit and finish on this pen is simply gorgeous, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is amazing. The artist has to precisely cut pieces of gold dust and abalone, file them down to the right size, crave out the shape in the pen barrel to be able to inlay them perfectly in there, now that’s labour intensive.
This particular pen comes in 3 different models, the one that I show here with the Golden Milky Way.
A Silver model:
And a mix of Gold and Silver:
This has been a much longer review then usual, so I hope It wasn’t too boring ;-)