Ryosuke Namiki, the founder of Pilot Corporation, realized the need for improving existing pens used for drawing during his tenure as a professor at the Tokyo Merchant Marine College. After making a prototype fountain pen, he formed a partnership with one of his colleagues, Masao Wada and started manufacturing and selling fountain pens in 1918. Pilot/Namiki is known for its quality maki-e pens and the beautiful works of art are available in both its brand.
The Maki-e lacquering, a centuries-old technique in which multi-layered patterns are drawn on the barrel and cap with urushi - sap from Japanese lacquer. This lovely fountain pen is hand painted Taka-maki-e lacquering techniques. The design is available with a fine, medium or broad 18 karat gold with rhodium accented nib, assuring long lasting, impeccable writing performance.
A gift box with bottled ink completes the attractive presentation. Taka maki-e (or "raised maki-e") is one of the three major techniques in maki-e making. Developed in the Muromachi Period (1336 - 1573), the technique of takamakie involves building up design patterns above the surface through a mixture of metal powder, lacquer and charcoal or clay. The Crane and Turltle are symbolizes and celebrates celebrates "friendship, longevity and mutual support.
Dimension: Length with cap posted: 14.2cm
Central circumference: 3.8cm
System: Fountain pen uses Pilot ink cartridge or converter Con70
Nib type: 18K nib