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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. It’s normally seen as a $150-ish cartridge converter with a 14K gold nib, but it can be found for well under $100 on Amazon if you are OK with a Japanese import with limited warranty protection ($127.52) or the price can swing north to around $300 if you want a Sailor 1911 Realo piston-filler with a 21K nib from an authorized dealer.

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Uni Jetstream Ballpoint Pen

The Jetstream is one of the foundational pens in the category of modern Japanese pens. It’s a click retractable pen with a specially-formulated low-viscosity ballpoint ink. From the standard Jetstream knock-style office pen grew an entire category of pens with this excellent ink.

This pen is the standard Uni Jetstream, and is known by the maker, Mitsuibishi Pencil as the “Jetstream Standard.” There are dozens of related models — Jetstream Prime, Jetstream Premier, Jetstream Stylus — but this is the standard model. Even this comes in a large number of variants and colors, which we’ll get into.

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Pilot BRF-25B-B Ballpoint Pen Refill

Pilot BRF-25 Ink

The Pilot BRF-25-B-B is a 1.2 mm super thick ballpoint refill. This refill is generally not available in the US but can be ordered from Japan using Ebay, or similar service.

The BRF-25B-B is a 250 JPY refill with a metal body. It’s only sold in black. It uses a 1.2 mm super thick ball tip where the BRF-25BB-B uses a 1.6 mm writing tip.

Pilot BRF-25BB-B Ballpoint Pen Refill

Pilot BRF-25 Ink

The Pilot BRF-25-BB-B is a ballpoint refill. This refill is generally not available in the US but can be ordered from Japan using Ebay, or similar service.

The BRF-25BB-B is a 250 JPY refill with a metal body. It’s only sold in black. It uses a 1.6 mm super thick ball tip where the BRF-25B-B uses a 1.2 mm writing tip.

Pilot BRFN-30EF Ballpoint Pen Refill

Pilot Acro BRFN-30M Refill

This refill is the metal version of the Pilot BRFN-30 series of ink. It uses Pilot Acro ink (an oil-based hybrid). The BRFN-10 is not sold in an extra fine model.

The BRFN extra fine is a 0.5 mm refill that is compatible with the Dr. Grip, S20, Ageless, Legno, and a few other pens from Pilot.

 

Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen

Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen

The Explorer is a new fountain pen from Pilot, released in early 2019. It’s very similar to the popular Pilot Metropolitan, but it’s made of a lighter, plastic body. Additionally the Explorer is a bit more expensive then the Metro, it’s lighter, and its wider.

Please note, Pilot had another Explorer, an odd ballpoint pen from the 1990s. That pen is rarely seen these days and seems unrelated to this newly released fountain pen.

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