In the world of fine writing instruments, Pilot Pen has reigned supreme for an impressive 105 years. As they mark this illustrious milestone, the brand unveils something truly extraordinary this October – the Pilot Limited-Edition 105th Anniversary “White Rabbit” Fountain Pen. Limited to just 100 sets worldwide, this masterpiece is not merely a celebratory gesture but also a heartfelt thank-you to the loyal supporters who have stood by them for over a century.
Crafted to Perfection
The Pilot Limited-Edition 105th Anniversary “White Rabbit” Fountain Pen is a testament to meticulous craftsmanship. Renowned Maki-e artisan, Masahiro Yamada, from the prestigious Kokkokai group, lends his skilled hands to create this work of art. Decades of honing Maki-e techniques go into achieving its impeccable finish, and the result is nothing short of breathtaking.
An Ode to the White Rabbit
This commemorative fountain pen pays homage to the white rabbit, a symbol of good fortune in Japan and worldwide. It draws inspiration from the iconic scene in “White Rabbit of Inaba,” an ancient Japanese myth found in the Kojiki book of legends. In this tale, a deity known as the ‘Master of the Great Land’ aids the white rabbit in a moment of need, highlighting the values of honesty and kindness. These virtues hold great significance in today’s diverse and inclusive world. The pen symbolizes individual success, just like the rabbit’s ability to leap over life’s challenges.
A Masterpiece in Design
The Pilot Limited-Edition 105th Anniversary “White Rabbit” Fountain Pen boasts an Emperor vest-type pen body. The white rabbit on the pen barrel is a masterpiece in itself, crafted using the intricate Taka Maki-e (Raised Maki-e) technique, giving the character a high-relief texture that enhances its beauty. The background landscape comes to life through a combination of Maki-e techniques, including Togidashi Maki-e (Burnished Maki-e) and Raden (Mother-of-Pearl) for the wave patterns, and Shishiai Togidashi-Taka Maki-e (Combined Raised and Burnished Maki-e) for the rocks. These techniques add depth and texture, making the fountain pen a true work of art.
Elegance in Detail
Even the fountain pen’s cap is a testament to artistry. Using Togidashi Maki-e and Taka Maki-e techniques, enhanced with platinum powder finishing, the cap beautifully captures the poignant moment from the “White Rabbit of Inaba” tale, showcasing the benevolent aid provided by the ‘Master of the Great Land’ to the white rabbit.
A Token of 105 Years
A unique engraving on its 18K gold, number 50 pen nib commemorates the significant 105th-anniversary milestone.
The Ultimate Presentation
The Pilot Limited-Edition 105th Anniversary “White Rabbit” Fountain Pen comes in a sleek matt black gift box and includes a bottle of black ink. This masterpiece will be available from October 2023 at exclusive dealers in Singapore.