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.
Hotei-son is said to be the incarnation of the Buddhist deity Maitreya Bodhisattva, due to his exceptional powers of clairvoyance, and is the only deity among the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune believed to have been a real person, namely a monk who lived during China's Tang Dynasty (618–907 A.D.). Hotei-son is worshipped widely as a god of good fortune and matrimonial happiness, able to bestow the gift of children, as well as riches, status and prosperity.
This fountain pen depicts him among the Chinese mountains, with a happy smile and a pot belly, carrying a large bag on his shoulder. This kannin–bukuro, or patience bag, is said to contain the many treasures and blessings he bestows on others.
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.