Pen on journal 2 by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
The Sailor Tagayasan (Model # 10-2006-220/420) is made from ‘Ironwood’ and is one of three finishes in the ‘New precious wood series’ range of wooden pens which seem to be based on the Sapporo design (linked on Sailor webpage here, more than halfway down). The other two are made from Cedar (Chizusugi - # 10-7231-220/420) and Ebony (Kokutan - # 10-2506-220 / 420). Price varies between the different models with the cedar being about £110 and the others £140 ish.
I purchased the pen through the seller pisuke2005 on ebay. I have bought through engeika in the past too, but he didn’t stock these at the time of my purchase. I am very happy with the service from both sellers.
The pen came packaged in a nicely made balsa wood box, this was different to the standard blue sailor box that I was expecting.
Box by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
The package included more paper than I was expecting too, most of it in Japanese, including a tag showing a price with tax of 21,000 Yen (£165 / $269 / 207eur at the time of writing), a warranty booklet, standard sailor converter and a polishing cloth.
Box with papers by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
The design is quite similar to the progear series, with a flat top and bottom, but no anchor logo at the top of the cap. The screw cap is a clip cap for this model, I prefer a screw but I have to say that this cap makes the most satisfying ‘click’ when it is put on.
The finish is the reason for buying this pen, and I have to say it doesn’t disappoint. I’m not entirely sure what type of wood it is (ironwood is a bit more ambiguous than the cedar model!) but it is very solid and a very dark brown, it doesn’t strike me as a finish that needs to be overly protected, certainly less than resin or other glossy materials. It smells woody, noticeably so when you first get it out the box, after a week or so of use it’s not obvious but it’s initially quite striking.
Finish on journal by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Cap meeting by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
The cap and body of the pen are very well made, I’m not sure how much of them are metal but it seems to extend some way into the cap and body. The threads on the body are well machined and everything fits together nicely.
Body metal by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
I was surprised about the feel of the section when I first got the pen, in contrast to the other two pieces it feels lightweight and cheap. By the time you have a converter in and the pen is assembled it isn’t really noticeable.
Section by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
The size of the pen is about the same as a 1911m, I would imagine that it will be the same as a Sapporo. Pictured here with some comparisons.
Pelikan M200, 1911m, Tagayasan, 1911, Lamy Vista, Lamy 2000
Comparison Capped by Bigeddie100, on Flickr]
(order change not intended )
Pelikan M200, Tagayasan, 1911m, 1911, Lamy Vista, Lamy 2000
Comparison Posted by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
The nib seems to be a slightly different shape to that of the 1911m / Sapporo.
Comparison Nibs by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Pelikan M200, 1911m, Tagayasan, 1911
I’m still in the process of adjusting the nib, a little at a time. Out of the box it was very dry, it’s now writing smoothly and consistently on Rhodia, but still on the dry side of my taste. It’s smooth, firm (although there is some room for line variation, not comfortably) and very fine. The nib is 14 carat gold with a rhodium plate, available in fine and medium according to Sailor, but I’ve only ever seen fine) A big difference between the Tagayasan and the 1911m is the diameter of the section, it’s a lot smaller and I think it would bother me if I was using it for long writing sessions (It’s my journal pen for the moment, so it’s not a problem), smaller hand’s MMV.
Writing sample by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
I picked mine up for about £145 shipped, and I am happy. I like the pen for it’s obvious selling point – the materials, which look, feel and smell high quality. The nib is a smooth fine, but no different than a 1911m or Sapporo which can be had for about half the price through the same retailers, the wood is the selling point. I wanted a personal pen for daily use with my journal, and I think that’s exactly what I got. I would recommend this pen if you’re looking for something a little different.
Pen with journal by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Edited by Bigeddie, 22 September 2012 - 23:54.