In my Shirtpocket, June 2017: Sailor Professional Gear Naginata togi, NMF

This time I share with you a pen with one of the now hard to get, Sailor specialty nibs, the Naginata togi. With this nib you can write thin or broad lines depending of the writing angle. Sorry for the pictures, I’m writing this on a train between Gothenburg and Stockholm. 

Parker “51” Aerometric, England 1952 – behaving like a Sailor Naginata togi


The Sailor Naginata togi is a special nib, ground like the keel of a boat. The nib costs $$$ and I have recently read somewhere that if you order one you’ll have to wait up to one year to get it in your hands. I happen to have a Sailor PG with that nib. The way it is ground makes it writes like a fine nib at a vertical angle, and wide at a low angle and with a continuum in between.

To my big surprise, I just the other day discovered that one of my old Parker “51”, an English Aerometric from 1952, behaved exactly like a Naginata togi, and the pictures below are to illustrate that. What I don’t know is if the “Naginata togi effect” is due to the way the nib is ground, or due to wear over the years or possibly a combination of both. The interesting thing is that the Parker “51” does the same thing as the Sailor nib, but with much less tipping material.

I hope that some nib-experts will leave their comments…

PS: I’m sorry for the inferior quality of the pictures, it was a cloudy day which effects both the brightness and the depth of the focus. Perhaps I can later replace the pictures with better ones…

Writing sample

Parker 51 Naginata togi 003

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