Sailor Fude DE Mannen Fountain Pen Review

Sailor Fude DE Mannen fountain pen has a 55 degree bent nib which allows for line variation as you write. This is a super fun pen intended for Japanese Calligraphy or sketching.

The pictures below show the severe bend of the nib, so that when you align that flat part with the paper, it creates a thick, brush-like line of ink. When you hold it more upright, you reduce the width of the nib touching the paper which reduces the line width as well.

 Sailor Fude De Mannen Bent Nib Posted

  • Price
  • Good for sketching
  • Line Width Variation
  • Holds two cartridges


  • Ink Consumption when used for shading
  • Does not come with converter

My Short Video:

Sailor Fude DE Mannen Fountain Pen Design

Sailor 55 degree nib

Sailor Fude DE Mannen is packaged and sold on Amazon in Japanese so you can’t tell what the instructions say unless you can read Japanese.

The instructions are helpful to show you the line variation you get with different angles to the page though, I put a picture of the packaging below so you can see it.


Steel Nib or K Gold Nib: Steel
Nib Width: 5mm
Nib Length: 14mm

Piston Cartridge/Converter Fill: Cartridge or Converter
Pull/Screw Cap: Screw
Capped Length: 164mm
Uncapped Length: 144mm
Mid-Grip Width: 7mm
Cap Band Width: 11mm

Total Weight: 15g
Cap Weight: 4g


Sailor Fude Nib Packaging

The only useful part to me, reading only English, was the illustration of the line widths based on angle of the nib to paper.

This is such a fun pen! This is my first bent nib and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Bent nibs take a bit of time to get used to. You can see in the video that I struggled to get the nib to align with the paper so what looks like skipping is actually bad form on my part. The more I used it, the better control I got of this nib.

Fude de Mannen is a longer fountain pen than most, I believe to resemble a traditional Fude brush.

Fude brushes are long with elongated brush tips that are trimmed to a perfect point. Mainly used for watercolor, you can vary the width of your painted line with pressure on the brush tip. The bent nib works the same way, except you are moving the angle of the nib to paper to create different line widths.

There are two Fude de Mannen Fountain Pens available, the green one shown has a 55 degree bent nib and there’s a blue one with a 40 degree nib.

They come with two Sailor cartridges, Sailor brand pens use only proprietary cartridges, specific to Sailor pens. Click here for a list of brands and what types of cartridges they use.

As an aside, you insert the cartridge with the hollow part over the peg in the back of the feed (shown below). Someone asked that of me and I occasionally forget to offer those instructions each time I do a review for newbies. 🙂

how to insert sailor ink cartridge into fountain pen

How Does The Bent Nib Perform?

Sailor Fude Nib Close Up

Bent Nib Tip Calligraphy

The bent nib is smooth and wet depending on where you’re at in the angle, the flatter or more horizontal you hold it up to about 55 degrees, it becomes wetter with a wider line. If you hold it almost vertical, it will produce a very fine line and become thicker up to that magic 55 degree angle where it becomes like a thick sharpie or wet paintbrush line.

In the above sketch, I used the black ink cartridge that came with the Sailor on a Real Images sketch pad. It comes with two cartridges, so you can piggy-back them in the body of the pen and always have another one handy, although with this ink guzzler,  you’re likely to refill your cartridges or buy a Sailor converter.

The Real Images sketch pad did have some bleed through to the next page where I shaded the darkest, this pen lays down A LOT of ink when you engage it to.

Sailor Fude De Mannen Drawing

I envy people who can draw. This is my attempt to copy someone else’s sketch on Painter’s Online in the UK. I drew this with the Sailor De Mannen bent nib so you could see the line variation.



This is NOT a pen for note taking! You could of course use it, but you will lay down too fat of a line and too much ink. It’s for drawing, calligraphy, anywhere you want line variation with it tending toward a thick line when held at a comfortable, normal fountain pen hold. You have to angle it almost unnaturally to get the fine lines.

The Cap – Screw/Pull/Post and What That Means

The cap screws on and off in just over two twists, it’s plastic so it’s lightweight and easy to post the cap on the back.

I didn’t experience any hand fatigue and it didn’t feel top heavy and the cap stayed put for the first few minutes, but did tend to wriggle off a bit and chatter.

There’s a little bump on the edge of the cap that, instead of a clip, keeps it from rolling off the table when you set it down, this is an excellent feature and came in handy for me!

Who is the Sailor Fude DE Mannen Good For? 

If you’re an artist or do any sketching or watercolor, this would be so fun for you!

I wish I were a better artist or calligrapher to be able to really push this pen, but it is fun, even for a novice like me. It really helps if you want line variation without changing pens or brushes.

A really cool experience, if you do any doodling or know someone who does, this would be an excellent addition to their doodle pen collection. Totally different experience than a traditional fountain pen.

Get the price of the Sailor Fude De Mannen fountain pen now on Amazon.