The demonstrator style showcases a clear feed that allows you to watch the ink as it pushes to the proprietary stainless steel nib (only available in Medium Fine) that is manufactured in Japan. The medium fine nib will write comparably to most European fine nibs from brands like LAMY, and you can compare our writing sample of the Compass to other pens in our Nib Nook comparison tool. The polished silver trim ring is proudly engraved with Sailor Made in Japan, and the clip shape is comparable to the 1911.
Each pen comes with two black proprietary ink cartridges that make it easy and convenient to refill as needed. The stainless steel nib is firm, and is smooth, but with some feedback when you write. The ink flows consistently but writes a bit on the dry side, which will be perfect for writing on everyday paper. It’s not a gusher, so it’s not likely to show off your high shading or shimmering inks as well as wetter-writing pens, but this is a very solid everyday carry pen. Please note, the Compass cannot be eyedropper filled and will leak from the end of the barrel if you try!
The Sailor Compass 1911 is a worthwhile consideration for entry to the Sailor brand or a fountain pen newbie. For under $50, you get a total package that includes your pen color of choice, the proprietary stainless steel nib, a matching color converter, and a set of 2 ink cartridges presented in a gift box.
The Visconti Limited Edition Opera Master Polynesia features a gorgeous swirling translucent turquoise and green resin, complemented by palladium trim. This Opera Master Polynesia is limited to only 888 total fountain pens, each individually numbered. The Polynesia is an exceptional fountain pen featuring the many patented innovations favored and sought out by Visconti collectors: Double Reservoir Power Filler, Hook Safe Lock, and semi-transparent demonstrator.
Double Reservoir’ Power Filler
The Double Reservoir Power Filler is a vacuum filling system that is easy to use and has considerable benefits. Patented in 1998, this is arguably the most advanced filling system ever developed in fountain pen history. The user is able to fill the pen with the equivalent of 10 cartridges of ink, or specifically 3.4ml of ink, and thanks to the two reservoirs, prevents ink from leaking during air travel.
After more than 30 years of continuous research to perfect the design and engineering of writing instruments, Visconti is proudly announcing a new nib designed in-house. This means the production of the entire nib unit: the feed, the nib housing and the nib itself. The Polynesia is the first pen featuring this newly designed 18kt white gold nib.
The Polynesia features a semi-transparent resin cap and body with beautiful swirls of blues, white, cream, and brown inspired by the paradise islands’ luminous blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, swaying palm trees, and powdery beaches.
The Hook Safe Lock is the revolutionary closing system that was created to lock the pen body into the cap to prevent the possibility of the pen accidentally unscrewing and leaking inside a pocket or bag.
The Opera Master Polynesia will be the first collection to be presented in the new Visconti packaging featuring the classic ‘V’ logo in luxurious silver and platinum colors creating a unique watermark design around the exterior of the box. The interior features a soft gray fabric and has a pull out drawer to store warranty information and extra refills. Visconti is also excited to announce that in continuation with their efforts to create environmentally friendly products, the new packaging is plastic free and recyclable.
Our fourth exclusive collaboration with local penmaker Chet Herbert is now available! Both companies are based in Richmond, Va and “The Fan” is a well known area of Richmond. “River City” is a nickname for Richmond as the James River runs through it, so that’s how this fountain pen came to be named, “The Fan – River City.”
The Fan is a tapered model that is postable and has a seamless body to cap fitment. This resin is so unique that no two pens are exactly alike! Each limited edition pen comes with a free matching Rickshaw pen sleeve and is individually numbered out of 200. The Fan comes with a silver #6 JoWo nib in sizes extra-fine through 1.1mm stub. The Fan – River City comes with a standard international converter, two blue short standard international cartridges and it can be converted to an eyedropper pen for even higher ink capacity.
With the Spotlight model, Taccia wanted to show the whole world the beauty of a pen on not just the outside, but the inside as well. Every solid acrylic rod is individually selected to ensure not just transparency, but a quality of material that gives a feel and weight for writing luxury and comfort.
Each pen is crafted from premium hand-turned resin, and both the exterior and interior are polished and inspected by hand to ensure maximum clarity and strength. This is a pen that you need to hold and use to fully appreciate. The Taccia Spotlight is fitted with a custom two-tone nib made by Sailor in Japan, available in either stainless steel or 14kt gold.
The cap screws to open/close and can push to post onto the back of the barrel when writing. The Spotlight comes with a Sailor proprietary converter and can also use proprietary Sailor ink cartridges.