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Sailor 1911 Fountain Pen

The Sailor 1911 is the company’s most famous fountain pen and the mainstay of their brand.

The Sailor 1911 normally seen as a $150-ish cartridge converter with a 14K gold nib, but it can be found for under $100 on Amazon if you are OK with a Japanese import with limited warranty protection. The price can range from under $100 as an import to over $300 if you want a Sailor 1911 Realo bought direct from an official reseller.

The Sailor 1911 is almost also sold as a cartridge-converter with a 14K gold nib. The pen is also sold as the Sailor 1911 Realo, which is actually a piston-filler with a 21K nib.

The 1911 is a normal-sized pen when it’s sold as the 1911S (that is, the 1911 Standard), but it’s a bit smaller then some of the pens in its class. It’s also sold as the 1911L (Large) if you want a slightly bigger pen. This introduces one of the issues with this pen: buying one is confusing! There are many, many terms thrown around once you dig into this pen, like Realo, Profit, and Promenade… just to name a few.

Sounds a bit confusing? This is why we created the Sailor Fountain Pen Buying Guide, so check that out if you want more details on the full lineup.

The Sailor 1911 is the standard 14K fountain pen in Sailor’s lineup. As Sailor is one of the “Big Three” Japanese pen makers (along with Platinum and Pilot) this is a popular and important fountain pen. It’s a competitor to the Pilot Custom 74 and Platinum #3776 Century.

More reading: How to choose between the Custom 74 and #3776 Century Pens

Sailor 1911 Fountain Pen Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Sailor
Pen Type Fountain Pen | Piston (built-in), Cartridge/Converter
Barrel Color Black, Blue, Maroon, White
Barrel Material Plastic
Body Diameter (mm)12.4
Grip Color Black, Blue, Maroon, White
Grip Material Plastic
Grip Diameter (mm)10.4
Country of Origin Japan
MSRP $150
Still Sold Yes
Similar To
Capped? Retractable?Capped - Screw On
Length Capped / Retracted (cm)13.7
Length Posted (cm)15.3
Length Uncapped (cm)11.5
Weight (g)21.7
Nib Material14K Gold, 21K Gold
Nib ColorGold
Nib SizesExtra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad
Writing SizesExtra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad