Getting to Know my Brand New Sailor DE Brush Stroke Style Calligraphy Pen

Wow, what a long name this pen has! Because there is a large variety of Sailor’s pens and this is quite unique. In my journey of experimentations with fountain pens I kept hearing that this pen was fantastic for sketching as it has a bended tip that gives you the freedom to sketch making very thin lines and transition into thicker lines. Last year I had bought one that unfortunately I ruined as I didn’t know the dos and don’ts of fountain pen handling. By know I am very happy to have a bit of knowledge in the matter thanks to my fellow urban sketchers (just a little tiny bit of knowledge mind you) and I did not ruin the pen this time by using China Ink (please never do that!). I am using Platinum Carbon Ink and that works fabulously.

This type of pen is made with a 55 degree nib and a 40 degree nib. I chose the 55 degree nib to start and later I may want to experiment with the 40 degree nib to see the difference in lines. I off course will keep you posted. This pen I have is green in color, is made of plastic, is light and easy to handle. I tried it on Friday during a quick lunch sketch and I was able to move the nib in ways that produced lines with different degrees of thickness and I enjoyed how my trees turned out. As follows I will show you a series of pictures describing the process of filling the pen with ink using a converter (this was a learning process for me) and then the sketch I did Friday using the Sailor pen along with another sketch I did before with a Micron 005 so you can compare.

Above you can see the pen and converter as it came in as well as out of the packaging along with the instructions on how to use the converter.



Above you can see that I pushed the converter inside the pen once I broke the pen apart, I twisted the converter cap clockwise until I was able to see the length of the tube through the converter and placed the pen’s nib inside the ink bottle and began to twist the converter’s cap counterclockwise to fill the converter with ink. Once that was completed I assembled the pen back together and I was ready to test it.

Above you can see that I began playing with thin and thick lines as well as thick and thin lines in one same stroke simply moving the tip of the nib. Really nice and easy to handle. Now I can see how so many Urban Sketchers love this pen. Below I will show you two sketches I did during my lunch “sketchcapades.” The first one was done with a Micron oo5 and the one below was done with the Sailor pen.



Metropolitan District Park of Tacoma




Titlow Part University Place area in Tacoma

I hope this was informative and I will be back with more sketching!

Happy Sketching you all,






About D. Abreu

I am a psychotherapist by profession but felt in love with the arts, watercolor painting and Urban Sketching. With no formal background or education in fine arts I decided to teach myself using any resources I could find and this is my journey.
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