sailor king of pens brier wood fountain penIf ebonite or resin just isn’t to your preference then have a look at Sailor’s massively massive fountain pen, the King of Pens, in three colors of Brier wood.

Brier wood is taken from the evergreen shrub known as ‘Erica Arborea’ from the Mediterranean coast. The wood taken from the root of the shrub is called ‘the jewel of wood’ with its characteristic bright shiny color and the unique curly grain pattern it displays and is highly durable. The Sailor fountain pen cap and barrel are hand crafted from a 25-100 year old shrub.

The King of Pen is Sailor’s largest fountain pen measuring in at 153mm long (capped) with a barrel diameter of 20mm. The Brier Wood King of Pen features a 21k bi-color gold nib available in only medium or broad widths and utilizes the cartridge/converter filling system.

The Sailor Brier Wood King of Pen is hand made to order with a lead time of around 3 months. You can place your order through Andy’sPens for £1200 (~$1869).

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000386794308 Mike Sheehan on Facebook

    I’ll consider a Sailor when they produce something other than cartridge/converter – any plans for at least a piston filler KOP, ya know, what Twsbi has for $50

  • Andreas Berg

    How strange that it is only available in M and B. Sailor is a Japanese character, I’d expect far more domestic customers would go for F than B.

  • MILDLY DISGRUNTLED

    Hey, it’s the King of Pens now! There was something quaint about King of Pen…

  • snedwos

    KINGOFPENNU DESU!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002728922824 Robert Shepherd on Facebook

    These pens and their outrageous prices are a joke! The Danitrio Mikada is twice the pen for almost half the price. And yes Mike, I agree; you’d think for the price, they could at least surpass the Jinhao 159’s filling system. Lazy!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000386794308 Mike Sheehan on Facebook

    What if I told you there’s more to a pen than a boring body and passable nib?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000386794308 Mike Sheehan on Facebook

    What comments would those be? My only disdain for c/c pens is with Sailor KOP and CS Lawyer pens which both retail over $750 for unremarkable filling systems. That said, any pen over $500 IMDAHO oughtta offer something more than the same converter as found in a $30 pen. In fact, the Safari converters work and fit better than most converters thrown into $700 pens these days. The converter in my Yard-o-Led is a disgrace to pen manufacturing. Yet Speedy can put together a more sound and functional piston filler in a $50 pen? Just as I held off buying a Pelikan 1000 until they made the sensible decision to manufacture it in black with silver trim (kinda irrelevant, and off-point i know, but appropriate in this context), I will hold out on Sailor until they put an appropriate filling system in the KOP. Btw it ain’t the King of anything as a C/c. That name reminds me of the recent lame song “Best Song Ever”. In fact, like the KOP, its name could not be further from the truth. Love your reviews btw, but there’s no reason to swear. Bad for business. NB: I owned 2 Sailors Pro Gears and found the styling to be bland and to make matters even more laughable, given Sailors reputation for nibs, one of them had to go back to Japan for a full nib replacement as it suffered from a bad case of “baby bottom”, so went the diagnosis. So to sum it up, Sailor needs to step it up or I don’t see their pens competing against much more interesting competitors. Unless of course they all continue down the path of offering nibs made up of a smorgasbord of alloys and continue the move to c/c. A lot like metal screw top wine bottles. They may be functional, but you expect a pop on your $75 wine bottle compared to your $8.99 daily grog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000386794308 Mike Sheehan on Facebook

    Thank you for your fact-checking Dan and reminding me that in addition to the $1900 C/C KOP, I took issue with the similarly priced $1800 c/c Parker Mandarin “LE”. At least I’m consistent in my principle that anything over $500 ought to have a more advanced filling system than a Lamy Safari. I referenced Twsbi as hyperbole, as while they are having their growing pains with cracks and finding the right nibs, their piston filler is excellent for a company that’s only been at it a few years, compared to companies who’ve been around 100+ years and who have downgraded their pens to meet the lowest common denominator among pen buyers (e.g., the Parker “Ingenuity” is anything but-btw what is it with these pen companies using superlatives to name their pens – the “King”? “Ingenious”? Seriously?). At least companies like Delta, Pelikan, Stipula, Visconti and Omas are still putting piston fillers and vac fillers in most of their LE and $500 pens, with nibs that outshine Sailor IMDAHO. My reference to the alloys was not to Sailor but to what many companies are now doing with their nib materials since gold shot up. They all seem to be tracking that way, meaning away from even offering gold as an option. Sad.

  • tassobarbasso

    I find the gold plated trims to be awkwardly big on this model. it makes the pen look cheap :(