The Sailor Rei series are ebonite fountain pens finished with a Wajima urushi lacquer. Wajima is a region in the north of Japan. It is the center of choice for the processing of urushi and renowned for its high-quality urushi.
The Sailor Rei series is made in Kawari-nuri. Kawari-nuri is the collective name for experimental urushi coating techniques. It includes a whole series of subcategories, depending on the method used.
Tamenuri refers to the transparent amber-colored top layer that has been repeatedly placed on a red middle layer. Under the influence of UV, the top layer gradually becomes lighter, and consequently, the middle layer becomes more visible. The interplay between the gradually disappearing amber color and the red interlayer causes a color evolution of the lacquer work. The final result will never be a red pen but something in between.
This pen is made in an ebonite body with a PMMA finger grip. The nib is 21kt gold and available in M. It fills with Sailor ink cartridges or converter and comes in a wooden Paulownia box with pen kimono. Nice to know: this Sailor Rei has no clip. The Sailor Rei series will be available regularly but not permanently.