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In 2018, Pilot Japan celebrated its 100th anniversary of manufacturing world-class writing instruments. To commemorate the centennial, Pilot commissioned a collection of limited edition maki-e pens under the Namiki brand. Japanese artisans, trained in this centuries-old art form, worked for years leading up to the Pilot anniversary to complete these pens.
The result was nothing short of spectacular. To bring themselves good luck for the next 100 years, Pilot themed this limited edition after the Seven Gods of Good Fortune.
We were lucky to receive one of the 25 sets of Seven Gods sets made worldwide. It sold quickly to one of our close customers before we had a chance to make a video for it.
Earlier this year, Pilot introduced the Seven Gods individually in the Yukari model with the companion Iroshizuku ink. These pens are limited to 150 pieces each and are the topic of our $33,000 pen unboxing video.
Each of the Gods is individually packed in a wooden box with a leather pen case and the 50ml bottle of ink.
I would not want to disgrace the Gods by butchering the pronunciation of their names. According to Japanese mythology, each God grants good luck in a particular area of life and is related to certain professions.
Layers of lacquer decorated with flakes and powder of gold, silver, and colored pigments as well as thin layers of abalone shells are hand-applied to the pen with painstaking accuracy and artistry.
If you desire to write with this functional piece of art, the Yukari fountain pen has an 18kt gold nib in medium point only. The nib is an exclusive design dedicated to the 100th-anniversary line. The pen fills using Pilot/Namiki ink cartridges or with the included CON-70 push-button converter.
Which is your favorite of the Seven Gods pens? Would you write with this pen?