The literal translation of Susutake is "smoked bamboo." Each of these pens is unique and handmade. The bamboo was obtained from the ancient roof timbers of traditional Japanese thatched-roof style houses.
This pen has a pronounced node at the crown of the cap (the node is the joint between the culms, the main stem of the bamboo plant). The ends, top of cap, and bottom of barrel are fitted with a hardwood looking much like walnut. It completes the pen in a color that is a little darker than the bamboo. Because the bamboo is so completely aged, it is hard and stable.
The coloring comes from continuous exposure to the "Ironi," a Japanese sunken fireplace. Different color tones were created depending on where the location of the timbers were and the amount of smoke they were exposed to. This material, exceeding 150 years in age, is becoming increasingly rare in a Japan that is rapidly urbanizing. The bamboo for these pens is chosen for the wabi sabi (beautifully aged) quality that it already possesses.
Each pen has a gold imprinted inscription plate, as seen above. This pen is just under 6 1/2" long and weighs 36 grams.
the full range of available Sailor 21K nibs: EF, F, MF, M, B, Zoom and Music. This pen can also be made available with Sailor Specialty Nibs.
Part of Sailor's exclusive Bespoke Collection.
Our Price $1300.00
With the retirement of nib master Nobuyoshi Nagahara, who personally hand-crafted each Susutake pen, Sailor has now discontinued production of these writing instruments. We have a small collection still available, after which there will be no more.
Below are the remaining pens still in stock - if you have a preference, please indicate the pen number when ordering.
A fabric kimono clasped with a spear of bamboo protects each pen. A softwood presentation box, larger than the standard Sailor wood box, is covered by an outer paper box, giving full protection to this one-of-a-kind pen.
Unless requested otherwise, each pen or nib you purchase from us will be carefully examined, tested, and optimized for your personal writing characteristics before it ships. See our nib set-up and optimization page for more details.