Sailor has just released a new special edition ink: Sailor’s Sailor.
For the past 15 years, Sailor has been actively holding Ink Studio in-shop ink blending events all throughout Japan. These sought after events have always been a success with Japanese consumers lining up to have custom ink colors blended by their famed Sailor ink blender Osamu Ishimaru. To mark Sailor Ink Studio’s 15th year milestone – and to thank their loyal followers – Sailor will be releasing a special commemorative edition bottle ink – the Sailor’s sailor.
First of all, I got slightly lost for a few minutes imagining the life of an ink blender for Sailor. I may have missed my life’s calling, but perhaps it’s not too late to realign priorities. I’ll probably just have to make up for it by lining up in Japan myself for a custom ink.
Secondly, I’ve been looking forward to this ink’s arrival for several months now. They announced it quite a while back. It was supposed to arrive just a bit earlier, but there have been recent delays in production and shipping.
What a beauty! A classic, rich, shading blue. It is wet and flows well and even has a bit of sheen. The writing sample below is with the Sailor Naginata Togi Medium Fine. It’s such a lovely blue, a true fountain pen blue. I think I just find it hard to resist a good solid blue with shading.
It also comes in a nice box.
Jon had brought the ink home yesterday but he comes home around the chaos of dinner and bath time routines, so Caleb (5) helped me fill this pen for the photos this morning. Naomi (2) was disappointed there was only one pen, so she didn’t get a turn to do anything, but mama’s gotta get things done.
I often get concerned comments about how Caleb can fill a pen! Disaster! Is that a gold nib? A Naginata?? To be honest, I have knocked over more bottles of ink than he has, although he still has decades of life in front of him to catch up. I think for most people there is the concern of ink bottles getting tipped over, and also maybe too much strength and cracking something. The biggest concern for me would be if a kid dropped a pen and damaged the nib, which I try to prevent by having a cloth, both for ink drops and also to prevent rolling. That’s all to say that there are concerns!
But kids, my kids, all kids, actually do careful things all the time. They paint, eat soup, feel a flower petal, play Jenga, organize grapes that roll around, balance treats on dog noses. The real concern is probably the very strong dog breath that permeates around us.