In 1915 Ryosuki Namiki left his job and founded a small writing instrument factory near his home. When he was joined by an old friend, Masao Wada in 1918 they decided on a name – “Pilot”
Early Products were dip pens with “Namiki” 14kt Gold Nibs but in 1925 Namiki realised that Lacquered pens could be developed for the western market. This culminated in stunning decoration using the traditional art called Mak-E These pens are highly collected today and fetch considerable sums on the market.
In 1938 the company name changed to Pilot Fountain Pen Co Ltd and these later pens were branded as Pilot There then followed a period of much innovation and the company still exists today Other than the famous Namiki Laquered pens early examples of Pilots are also highly collectable and are exceptional writers
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Beautiful Early Pilot Pencil in Pearl Grey Marble with gold filled trim. In Absolute MINT Condition. Measures 128 mm long.
Scarce Pilot in Black with Satin Finish Cap. In absolute MINT Condition in original Box . Marked with model number HD 11. Fitted with the original 14kt gold medium to fine tipped nib.
Pilot Super 200 in Black with Nickel Silver trim. In MINT Condition. Tab Filler. Fitted with the original 14kt gold medium to fine tipped nib.
Magnificent Pilot Grandee in Satin Black with Vermeil cap band and gold filled trim. In MINT Condition. Complete with original converter. Fitted with the original 14kt gold fine tipped nib.
Beautiful Pilot FD in Black Laque with with signed maki-e decoration of phoenix and gold filled trim. Nr MINT. Complete with original converter. Fitted with the original 14kt gold semi flex medium tipped nib.
Scarce Pilot Dinkie Pen in White Enamel with gold filled trim. In Near MINT Condition. Fitted with the original semi flex medium tipped nib. Measures 113mm long capped. Cartridge fill
Scarce Pilot in Green Laque with star pattern. Gold filled trim. Near Mint Condition. Complete with original converter. Fitted with the original 14kt gold fine tipped nib.
Pilot Custom 74 in Black with gold filled trim. In Near Mint condition. Slight wear to cap band. Cartridge fill but fitted with the original converter. Fitted with the original 14kt gold, super smooth, medium tipped tipped nib.
Pilot FP 78g in Green with Gold filled trim. In MINT Condition. Cartridge fill. Fitted with the original fine tipped nib.
Stunning Pilot Custom Heritage 92 in Crystal Clear with Chrome Trim. This pen is Unused in original box with papers. It has never been inked. Piston Fill. Fitted with the original 14kt white Gold Super Smooth Broad tipped nib.