Pilot Pen Celebrates 100th Anniversary With $48,000 Limited Edition
Founded in Japan by Ryosuke Namiki and Masao Wada, the Pilot Pen Corporation (named the Namiki Manufacturing Company at its founding) is commemorating its 100th anniversary with new products that highlight the brand’s history using traditional Japanese decorative techniques.
“In celebration of our 100-year anniversary the artisans at Pilot Corporation have created an exceptional array of commemorative items to bring to life Pilot’s rich heritage,” says Ariann Langsam, vice president of consumer marketing for Pilot Corporation of America. “Each special edition item was designed to be a true masterpiece. And each pen is expertly handcrafted by master artisans highly skilled in the traditional techniques of maki-e lacquer work and chinkin gold inlay. They feature distinctive 18-karat gold nibs inscribed with the words ‘100th Anniversary’ and an image of Mount Fuji.”
Pilot’s past has included many such beautifully decorated pens, many of which were made at the company’s manufacturing facility in Hiratsuka, Japan.
Maki-e is a Japanese decorative technique first developed in the eighth century wherein wet lacquer is sprinkled with a variety of metal powders to create a particular décor. Maki-e, which means “sprinkled picture,” requires many years of training, with the ultimate goal of becoming a master. Chinkin gold is another decorative style that results in a gold inlay effect. Both techniques, beautiful in themselves, are further enhanced using the small canvas of a pen.