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Sailor 1911S Demonstrator with Gold Trim

A new favourite pen for me! I’m not kidding.

I have liked and loved many pens, but this pen, the Sailor 1911S Demonstrator, has become a true favourite: I’ve had this inked up non-stop since I got it a few months ago, and written it dry several times.

At first, we expanded our Sailor line a bit slowly because we wanted to have more nib sizes available in each finish we did carry, and also good stock for the online side of things, but we’ve started to bring in more finishes, in the most popular nib sizes. This way people can take a look at them in the shop and see the different colour options available, and of course we can always bring in a nib size if the one you want in the finish you like isn’t here.


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In our first order for this model, the 1911S Demonstrator, we received every nib size I ordered except medium, which was the size I wanted, so I had to wait another month. I’m not exactly known for my patience, so maybe the wait, during which I pined pathetically, is what made me love the pen ūüėČ

However, they say Sailor makes some of the best nibs, so maybe that’s it, too. It’s honestly one of my favourite pens to write with, and as a bonus, I also love the way it looks.

While I’m usually into brown pens (and inks), I’ve been on a real demonstrator kick lately, and the Sailor 1911S started me on it.¬†I thought about a Realo (the piston fill), or the 1911S in the yellow, but I couldn’t resist the clear + gold.¬†It’s clear with gold trim, which I know isn’t for everyone, but I find the gold isn’t so much to be overwhelming, and¬†it matches the clear very well.

This is a light pen, which is great for someone like me, as I¬†find¬†the big and heavy pens are hard to write with for a long time. However, the details, especially in the nib, show a lot of time and care has gone into it – despite its light weight, you¬†can’t mistake the quality.

Sailor 1911S Review Demonstrator Clear Fountain Pen wonderpens.ca wonder pens toronto canada

Sailor 1911S Demonstrator Review Clear Fountain Pen wonderpens.ca wonder pens toronto canada

It’s a proprietary cartridge/converter, which means you have to use either a Sailor cartridge or a Sailor converter – this pen will come with both to start with. I’ve begun to really appreciate cartridges these days, I think because it’s so satisfying when you pop the cartridge in the break the seal, although I will say the limited ink selection is a bit of a bummer. Sailor Sei-Boku is one of my all-time favourite inks though, along with basically the rest of the Sailor line, so it works out okay for this pen ūüôā

While I can’t say that I’ve never purchased a pen solely based on how it looks, for this pen,¬†it’s the nib and the writing that have really won me over.¬†I find I reach for this pen over and over, especially for longer writing sessions, like in my journal. Combined with the nice size and weight in my hand, this pen is a new regular in my pen roll (which is still light brown, although I’m working on convincing Jon that I need a natural one).

I have a medium, which is on the finer side of medium, although this is Rhodium Premium “R” paper, so ink might write just a touch finer than it would on more absorbent papers in any case. ¬†I would compare the nib to a Lamy Fine, or maybe just wider, but not as wide as a Lamy Safari Medium.

Sailor 1911 Medium Nib Writing Sample Sei Boku Wonder Pens Toronto Canada

Writing Sample Sailor 1911 14K Medium nib Sailor Sei Boku Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

Oh, Sei-Boku, one of my top 10 inks of all time. A desert island ink, for sure, because in addition to its great colour and shading, it’s permanent! Gotta watch out for those ocean waves.

It’s a smooth & clean nib, with just the right amount of flow, on the wetter side of average. Of course it has no skipping or hard starts, but it’s more than that, it’s just the way it feels!¬†It’s consistent and easy and the contact with the page – this pen just works for me. Among others, I’ve used Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu, Diamine Ochre, and now Sei-Boku, and all have been a pleasure.

You can get a hint of variation out of the nib if you really make an effort, but this isn’t a really soft gold nib as far as standard gold nibs go. You get some feel out of it, but not too much variation. It’s just the very tiniest bit of responsiveness that gives you a sense of the paper underneath your nib.

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What a beauty! I’m not usually someone who is really into how the nibs look (is that a guy thing??), but I have to admit that Sailor nibs really are something else. It’s the anchor, the font of the 1911, the whole thing.¬†

The Sailor 1911S is the 1911 Standard, as opposed to the 1911L or 1911 Large, which would be the larger size.

The Professional Gear & Pro Gear Slim series have flat ends with the Sailor anchor logo on the end of the cap, compared to the 1911 series, which have rounded ends. I always thought I was more of a flat end person, given how much I like my pens like my TWSBI 580, Lamy Safari & 2000, Edison Beaumont, etc., but actually I am loving how this Sailor looks, of course also because it’s the clear & the gold.

Sailor 1911 Size comparison fountain pens toronto canada

Left to right: Lamy 2000, Sailor 1911L, Sailor 1911S, Pro Gear, Pro Gear Slim

It’s a bit bigger than the Pro Gear Slim, but it’s not a large pen. It fits my hand very well, unposted, but if you have larger hands, posting it may be better.

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The demonstrator version of the 1911S has a clear cap, which means that you can see the inner cap, which helps prevent the nib from drying out.¬†If you do get ink stuck there, you’ll be able to see it, but like most inner caps (like on the TWSBI 580, Kaweco Clear Sport) you can also remove it fairly easily and wash + dry.

As an aside, sometimes it may look like a pen has a leak, but actually almost all pens will get droplets of ink inside the cap from time to time, especially if you’re carrying them around or moving from different temperature extremes – it’s just more obvious when the cap is clear.


Removing inner cap on Sailor 1911 TWSBI 580 Kaweco Sport Wonder Pens fountain pens Toronto Canada

You can see the inner cap, which is the translucent white cap inside the pen cap. There’s a few droplets of ink in there, which won’t bother me unless it starts accumulating into something a bit more.

You need a pencil/chopstick/thin pen and an elastic band, preferably a thicker one like you might get with broccoli. Wrap the elastic around the end of your stick, and push it all the way in. Twist and draw out.

Removing the inner cap Sailor 1911 TWSBI 580 Kaweco Sport fountain pens Canada

Wrap your elastic around the end of something slim, like a wooden pencil or the blunt end of a chopstick.

Removing inner cap Sailor 1911 TWSBI 580 Kaweco Sport Fountain Pens Toronto Canada

Get it in there nice and snug, and the elastic will provide the traction to pull out the inner cap. Twist as you pull back. 

To get the cap back in, just push it in with your finger, and you can close your nib back into the pen and¬†close the cap as you normally would. There’s no¬†danger of¬†damaging the tip of your nib because the inner cap was designed to seal up around the nib and section.

A great pen!¬†It’s truly now a regular in the rotation, a good size, a good-looking pen, and a great¬†writer. Not much more you need out of a pen.

This pen has been popping up all over instagram every time I take a shot of whatever I’m using at that moment. Every once in a while, Jon tries to borrow it so he can show a customer how it writes, and he basically has to pry it out of my hands while saying “Careful! You’re going to break it. Let go, Liz.” Which is mostly about the fact that he borrows it and I don’t get it back until the end of the day.


In any case, hope you’re all having a great Saturday and start to your weekend. It’s a bit chilly out, but it’s bright and sunny, so there’s no complaints here. I guess because winter started so late for us here in Toronto that I’m not completely depressed and cabin-fevered about the cold weather and hibernation (yet). It’s still been nice and busy in the shop, and keeping your orders packed up.

We’ve had a few burst cartridges in orders we’ve been shipping out, which is a real bummer, but unfortunately there’s nothing we can do to help keep those from bursting. We’ve started siphoning off ink from bottles into vials, especially for Noodler’s bottles, for most provinces now – back to our glory days of a sink full of syringes.

Caleb & Super are as squirrelly as ever. Super just runs away every time he does something bad and he’s about to get in trouble, but Caleb’s pretty slow moving, so he just looks up at you and smiles. You think to yourself, ‘alright, he’s learned his lesson.” But then two seconds later, he’s¬†into some new sort of trouble, probably something along the lines of breaking merchandise or eating something off the floor.

In case you missed it,¬†we’re hiring! We’re looking for a part-time shop keep, to work both in the front and back, Saturdays + okay with pups (i.e. a maniac dog that barks and jumps a lot in-between the kisses and naps). Jon says it’s ridiculous that we’re putting “okay with dogs” as a mandatory requirement, but Super can really be bananas, and he takes a long time to calm down with new people.¬†It’s like he’s both very smart and very, very dumb at the same time. If that hasn’t scared you off, e-mail jon@wonderpens.ca ūüôā

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Sailor Inks Being Discontinued + New Sailor Inks Coming


Sailor is clearing the way for their new line of inks by discontinuing some of their old ones. Their Jentle line of inks has been always been very popular here at the shop, and I’m sorry to see them go – especially their Sky High and Grenade. We’re trying to get a few more in from our distributor, but I’m afraid once they’re gone, they’re gone. If you have a real liking for any of the discontinued inks, it may be a good idea to get them now while they’re still in stock.

The following inks are being discontinued:

Sky High

The Jentle Black, Blue and Blue-black are not being discontinued.

If you are unable to come into the shop but would still like to get some before we’re sold out, you can purchase online and select “in-store pick up” to avoid shipping charges, and ensure that your bottles are safe.

The good news is that Sailor’s new line, which has been anticipated for a while, is coming out soon. The line is actually a re-release of inks from years ago, so I think Sailor is just freshening up its line with new inks. Some of the colours will be quite similar to the discontinued Jentle line, but I don’t think exactly the same. From the reviews I’ve read online, some of these inks will be more saturated and have a bit of sheen to them.

As of now, we’re expecting them in maybe a month, but we don’t have a firm timeline yet. Stay tuned!

Sailor 1911 Maki-e Fountain Pen Review

Sailor is a fountain pen and ink company that specialises more in fountain pens than inks. Their inks are gorgeous and smooth and have shimmering sheen, but they really focus on their pens, and in particular, their nibs.

We stock only a few of their pens regularly – the Reglus, the Pro Gear Slim and the Pro Gear – but we do special orders for people who already know what they want. We had a customer who is a collector of a lot of higher-end European fountain pens, and who has recently discovered Japanese fountain pens as well.

He special ordered a Sailor Maki-e Butterfly fountain pen, and I am honoured that he allowed me to “help” him choose his pen (…he actually already knew exactly what he wanted, and we happened to agree). Maki-e pens can be found on pens from a few Japanese companies, including Sailor and Platinum, and these pens are often sought-after because of how elegant and intricate maki-e designs on the barrel.

He also allowed me to try out the pen first! It was both very exciting and a little scary, since it would be just my luck to suffer some sort of muscle spasm and fall off my chair and break the nib of a maki-e pen that I’m supposed to be trying out.

Wooden Pen Box with High-End Sailor Fountain Pens

The maki-e pens come in a beautiful wooden box. The lid and box fit together snugly without a hinge, but just having it made out of wood is such a beautiful, natural touch.

Sailor Maki-E Fountain Pen includes Converter and Cartridges¬†Of course you get the converter, two cartridges and some instructions, and you also get a little yellow¬†polishing cloth. The pen is in a plastic sleeve, and it’s a little hard to see, but the pen is held in the cloth of the box by these little arms – two at the cap, and two at the base of the barrel. It’s like the pen is nestled in the ocean waves, like a …sailor?? Or maybe I’m reading too much into it the packaging…

Gold Finishes on Sailor Maki-E Fountain Pen

The SAILOR JAPAN FOUNDED 1911 is written around the band, as with many other Sailor pens.

Maki-e is the type of finish on the barrel – it’s a Japanese style¬†of artwork¬†that involves sprinkling different powdered¬†metals (like gold, mother of pearl, copper) onto the barrel to create the stunning and intricate¬†designs¬†– in this case the butterflies – and layers and layers of lacquer. Different sheens and reflective gems and textures are made with different metals and applications. It’s a little tough to really get a good sense of Maki-e from pictures, since you need the light to catch along the metals.

You can see the different types of metals used to create the top and bottom butterflies on the barrel of the pen, and when you’re holding it, you can feel the lacquer work and gems in your hand.

Because of the highly detailed and artistic nature of this, Japanese artists study and train for years to become masters, and often times it’s an artistry passed down along family lines. It has a rich and lengthy history in Japanese culture, and this type of artwork was often found on objects for Japanese nobility or royalty. The Maki-e is all hand applied, making these pens highly valuable.

Close up of Maki-E artwork on Sailor Fountain Pen

Butterfly Maki-E Fountain Pen from SailorIMG_6082

Close-up of Sailor 21 K Gold Nib

The nib is 21K gold, and in this case, F: springy and smooth and beautiful.¬†I often write with steel nibs or¬†“everyday use” nibs all the time. We have test pens in store for people to try out and write with and¬†while¬†I love my Lamy and my TWSBI and even my Jinhaos,¬†a Sailor nib is really something else.¬†You have to try it first hand to feel the difference it makes.

Writing Sample of Sailor Fine 21k Gold Nib on Life Stationery IMG_6095

If you’d like any more information on special orders, please let me know! You can email us at info@wonderpens.ca. Once you have decided on your model and nib size, I can give you some information on pricing and timelines on how long it will take to come in, depending on where it’s coming from. We do special orders on everything from these beautiful Sailor maki-e fountain pens to TWSBI Vac700s, to Noodler’s inks or Rhodia paper.