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Sailor Shikiori Hisakata - Stardust Fountain Pen Review.

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The Sailor Shikiori Hisakata used to be known as the Sailor Procolor. I was lucky enough to be bought this pen as a gift from my husband. It's my first experience with a Sailor fountain pen and I think it's a great introduction. It comes in at a good price, approx £55 and is a great size. Plus there are some of the distinctive Sailor features available in this pen.

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My Shikiori Hisakata gets its Stardust name due to the barrel design. It has a resin body in a navy colour and throughout the barrel there are flecks of silver and blue that looks like Stardust or the night sky. I really love this design which is hard to emulate on a screen. In person and in the light the flecks within the pen body look wonderful. They really shine, but they’re not too bold and glittery. I’m not a glittery girl, but this works beautifully.

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The finish on the Stardust is chrome which compliments the colour nicely. Around the base of the pen cap there is quite a thick chrome ring which has the Sailor branding. Thee other chrome accents come from the pen clip and a ring around the top of the pen cap. Overall the amount of chrome detailing feels right.

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I have a fine nib which was purchased through The Writing Desk. This is the only nib size they have and as this is a Japanese brand the fine is very fine. The nib is small but the perfect size for this pen and it has some beautiful detailing that can be found on other Sailor fountain pens.

Sailor flourishes on the nib

Sailor flourishes on the nib

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This is a screw cap pen so your cap shouldn’t remove unnecessarily from the pen. The grip section has the same resin finish as the pen body which means that lovely design isn't broken up. It's comfortable to grip and I haven't experienced any slipping from the resin finish.

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Overall thoughts.

This is my first Sailor fountain pen and it is completely lovely. It’s a really nice pen to use, the nib is smooth and you get a super fine line. The pen is comfortable to write with for long periods of time and the weight balance is good. It’s a £55 Sailor pen and I think a great entry into Sailor. There are cheaper Sailor fountain pens you could try such as the Lecoule but the Shikiori Hisakata is a much prettier design.

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Sailor Shikiori: Sakura-Mori ink review.

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I am a big fan of Sailor inks. I have found that they consistently perform well and they come in such beautiful colours.

When the Sailor Shikiori inks arrived in the UK earlier on this year, in the now smaller 20ml bottle, I took a punt on trying out the Sakura-Mori. The smaller bottle size and lower price point made me more willing to try out this colour. Normally these sort of light tones put me off. I always feel like you’re going to be disappointed because it’s never going to be strong or vibrant enough.

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The colour.

The Sakura-Mori takes its name and colour from the beautiful Japanese blossoms being a light pink ink. It's one of the lightest shades in the Shikiori range and a bit of an outlier. It is a very pretty and slightly unusual pink ink. I don’t think there are many similar inks out there, perhaps there’s one from Pilot.

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The Sakura-Mori is a pretty flat ink colour. There is a tiny bit of any shading there if you’re really trying hard and use a broad nib.

Using the Sakura-Mori.

This colour doesn’t work well in a fine nib fountain pen. To really get the benefits and make your writing legible the broader the nib the better.

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The light colour means its not strong enough on the page and can feel like it’s disappeared. But put this ink in a medium or broad nib pen, really lay down some ink on the page and this colour comes into its own.

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Overall thoughts.

This isn't an ink I use everyday or would have permanently inked up in a fountain pen. It’s also perhaps not an ink I would restock if I ran out. But its a nice ink and I’ve enjoyed using it. I’m glad I’ve tried it too because I am always curious about these light pink shades and this feels like the best brand to try out.

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Sailor Waga-Uguisu Ink Review.

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The Sailor Waga-Uguisu ink is from the 2016 Four Seasons limited edition range. I read review after review on this new range with a hint of jealousy as you couldn’t get your hands on them in the UK. A sad, familiar tale.

I first noticed Waga-Uguisu from a post by Liz at Wonderpens and it immediately caught my eye. Green has always been a colour I am drawn to but when it came to finding a good, usable, legible green ink its felt like a loosing battle. Waga-Uguisu looked like the right sort of colour and I’d had nothing but good experiences with Sailor inks. I sadly however dismissed this ink thinking I’d never be able to grab a bottle and so didn’t want to obsess over it.

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Fast forward to earlier on this year and I happened on these inks on the Pure Pens website on pre-order. After many ignored tweets asking when these would arrive, weeks later they were in stock and I was finally able to get my hands on a bottle.

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Using Waga-Uguisu.

The good news is Waga-Uguisu has not been a disappointment. The more I use Sailor inks the more I fall in love. The tones and colours of the inks are beautiful and they are so nice to use. I’ve used them in a range of fountain pens from the pricey through to entry level and the experience has been good in all.

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I haven’t stopped using this ink since I got my hands on it. In person the colour is more vibrant and bold than the photos I’d seen. It’s a deep green shade that still manages to give you a hint of those lighter tones. There is no sheen or sparkle, which isn’t a bad thing, but with a broader and wetter nib you will see some variation in colour and a decent amount of shading.

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Depending on the paper you’re using the ink performs a little differently. Shading is more pronounced on Tomoe River paper, as you’d expect, but even on heavier papers it’s still there, just a little more muted.

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Overall thoughts.

Calling out favourites is always a bold statement in my opinion. Favourites are based on a lot of variables such as mood, experience and personal factors that influence your perspective...however every now and again I feel a little bold. Waga-Uguisu is my second favourite ink. Sailor Blue-Black is the out and out winner and probably always will be as its more versatile and can be used in most situations. However the Waga-Uguisu is a very close second. The green shade is gorgeous, not too bright, not too yellow and not too neon green. It reminds me of a forest green, lush, deep and with plenty of shade. This ink is a limited edition which is a real shame and I guess over time will disappear out of stock. I have never finished a bottle of ink so I don’t think I need to stock up, but it’ll be a sad day when this ink disappears.

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Mini Series: Sailor Yama Dori Ink Review

This will be the final review in the Sailor ink mini series. To see the other reviews that make up this mini series click on the links below:

Sailor Jentle Kin-Mokusei

Sailor Fuji-Musume

Sailor Blue Black

Sailor Yama-Dori is a widely loved teal ink famed for its shading and sheen. When searching for a teal ink recommendations usually point to Sailor Yama-Dori.

I have a couple of teal inks that I enjoy so I haven’t really needed to try an alternative. Strangely hearing so much praise for Yama-Dori put me off a little. The high expectations I had probably wouldn’t meet the hype. This is where sample inks are perfect. If you’re disappointed you haven’t wasted money. Therefore with little risk, and as I was ordering other samples, I thought it was the perfect time to give this ink a test run.

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I have been using this ink in my broad nib TWSBI 580. A broad nib gives me a great view of the ink showing off its shading and sheen.

The shading is good. The teal tones from this Sailor ink give you some real variances in the depth of the colour on the page. The colour is very pretty with the light shades looking really quite green.

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And then there is that red sheen that shines on the page. That’s what really makes this ink colour pop. When you look at the ink in the light you see another element of the ink that is striking and very pretty.

Like the other Sailor inks I have used in this mini series the flow of this ink is great. It’s smooth on the page, wet and feels dreamy to write with. I have enjoyed this ink more than I expected, the hype is totally justified. Anyone who enjoys dark inks, or teal inks or fun and quirky inks will really get a kick out of Sailor Yama-Dori.

Final mini series thoughts.

What this mini series has taught me is that Sailor has some great quality inks. Some of the colours perform better than others and have more to show off to the customer. The hype around some of their ink colours is completely justified. I enjoyed the Blue Black ink so much I snapped up a bottle and this has become an ink I use regularly. Now if only Sailor expanded heir offering in the UK and Europe and offer their full range of Jentle inks.