In celebration of PILOT’s centenary milestone, PILOT is proud to present - The Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune, a PILOT collection of superb fountain pens created through the collective craftsmanship of the KOKKOKAI group of Maki-e artisans.
The Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune are a group of deities who together bring loads of prosperity, health, long life and good luck to those who recognise them. These gods are auspicious characters that are not mythical characters but historical figures. Belief in the Seven Lucky Gods dates from the end of Japan’s Muromachi period, was widespread among the people of the Edo period, and has continued into the present day.
Bishamon-ten, also known as Tamon-ten, is one of Buddhism's Four Heavenly Kings (deva). He is unique among the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune, as during Japan's warring states period (1467-1600) he was believed to be a war god by warlords, due to his military appearance. From the Edo Period (1603-1868) onwards, he came to be revered as a bestower of competitive advantage. Today, Bishamon-ten is worshipped as the god of steady progress.
This fountain pen is adorned with an powerful depiction of Bishamon-ten and the nimbus emanating from him as he tramples an evil demon while holding a halberd in his right hand and a stupa in his left hand.
This fountain pen has an 18K gold nib in medium with no.10 size. The barrel is Yukari Vest type shape made from brass and using with Togidashi-Taka Maki-e techniques. The fountain pen uses a converter-70 and weighs 37g.
Only 150 limited pens have been produced of each design worldwide.
It comes individually packaged in an exclusive wooden box with laser engraving. Alongside with the pen, it has a matching 50ml limited edition ink, a leather pen wrap (inden), PILOT ink cartridges (6pcs in black), use and care guide, leaflet, Maki-e signature artist card, navy cloth and serial number plate.