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.
Benzai-ten was originally an Indian river (water) goddess and is the only female deity amongst the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune. Early on, as a Buddhist-Shinto syncretic deity, Benzai-ten was enshrined in places relating to water, but after that she became synonymous with Kichijo-ten, who is strongly associated with music, languages, riches, and the arts. Today, she is worshipped as the goddess of wisdom, and is said to bestow fortune in beauty and marriage.
This fountain pen is adorned with an image of Benzai-ten playing a biwa, or traditional Japanese lute. In a nod to the fact that Benzai-ten is often enshrined in places related to water, a wave splash crafted in Raden (Mother-of-Pearl) is also part of her elegant depiction.
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.