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 Maki-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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RARE Early Pilot in Green Marble with gold filled trim. Lever fill. In Near MINT Condition. Fitted with the original Hard Gilt Fine tipped nib.
Beautiful RARE Pilot Maki-e Double Cranes by Kyusai Yoshida. In Absolute MINT Condition. Hand Painted Laquered Pen ,signed by the artist with Gold filled trim. Fitted with the Original 18kt gold semi flex fine tipped nib. Highly Collectable and sought after pen.
Beautiful RARE Pilot Maki-e Sakura Cherry Blossoms. In absolute MINT Condition. Hand Painted Laquered Pen ,using the Maki-e decorative technique Hyomon, where gold foil is set in the lacquered surface. Fitted with the Original 18kt gold semi flex fine tipped nib. Highly Collectable and sought after pen.
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.
Scarce Pilot MYU 701 in stainless. In Perfect condition. Completely integrated stainless fine tipped Nib. Hard to find pens only made for the Japanese market – now highly sought after.
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.
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.
Stunning Namiki Pilot Custom Fountain Pen – Silver Hawk in Sterling Silver with hand applied decoration. IN absolute MINT Unused condition. Fitted with the original 18k gold fine tipped nib.
Beautiful Pilot Capless in Kasuri Red with Rhodium Plate Trim. In Absolute MINT Unused condition in original Box. Fitted with the original 18k gold medium to fine tipped nib.
Pilot Capless in Black Laque with gold filled trim. In Absolute MINT Unused condition. Fitted with the original 18k gold medium to fine tipped nib.