A pen is mightier than sword! And especially when it is the Pilot pen which is known for finest everyday pens in the world.
Pilot Corporation is a Japanese pen manufacturer headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Best known for its pens, Pilot is also into production of writing instruments and stationery.
Pilot Corporation has completed 100 years of existence, and to commemorate has come up with Seven Japanese Gods of Good Fortune, a collection of fountain pens with 18 karat gold nibs inscribed with the words ‘‘100th Anniversary’ and an image of Mount Fuji.”
In order to celebrate our centenary milestone, we are proud to present The Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune, a collection of superb fountain pens created through the collective craftsmanship of the KOKKOKAI group of Maki-e artisans. The KOKKOKAI is a group of artisans that formed, in 1931, around the late Gonroku Matsuda, who was later to become Japan’s most respected Maki-e artisan and a Living National Treasure. Today, the members of the KOKKOKAI—which include Maki-e artisans both working for and independent of PILOT—continue to create superlative lacquer art in order to continue Matsuda’s legacy as a Maki-e master. Says the website –
It’s reported that the pens have been crafted by 11 highly trained artisans, and comes in a limited edition of just 25 across the globe.
The set of seven pens presents the seven deities associated with good fortune in Japan. The pen tray in which the seven fountain pens are presented features an image of two classic symbols of longevity, the crane and the turtle, crafted in Togidashi Maki-e (Burnished Maki-e).
Togidashi Maki-e (Burnished Maki-e) is a technique used to create the main design. Then the body is completely covered with Urushi lacquer, and after drying the design is revealed by burnishing the lacquer with charcoal.
Pilot pen celebrates 100 years in style! You get a congratulatory limited edition bottled inks in seven distinct colours for the set of seven pens, each of which has been carefully created to evoke the character of its corresponding god of good fortune.
Here’s the video of the Seven Pen Set with bottled inks
Each of the set will cost you $48,000. All items are stored in a bespoke presentation box, beautifully crafted in gold inlay. The lid of the presentation box features a treasure ship carrying the goods of good fortune, crafted by two Maki-e artisans in Taka Maki-e while Mt. Fuji in the background and waves beneath the ship have been engraved by a Chinkin master.
Fountain pens are smooth to write with and are more calligraphic. Hope with these limited edition pens, people will be encouraged to use it more.