Pilot Pilot Namiki Yukari Maki-e Limited Edition Phoenix Fountain Pen
Pilot Pilot Namiki Yukari Maki-e Limited Edition Phoenix Fountain Pen
Pilot Pilot Namiki Yukari Maki-e Limited Edition Phoenix Fountain Pen

Pilot Namiki Yukari Maki-e Limited Edition Phoenix Fountain Pen

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Article number: M Pilot Maki-e Limited Edition Emperor Enshrinement
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This limited edition Namiki Yukari fountain pen was created to commemorate the long reign of Emperor Showa of Japan from 1926-1989 and to celebrate the ascension of his grandson Emperor Naruhito to the throne on April 1, 2019. For this historic occasion, which marks the end of the Heisei era and the beginning of the Reiwa era, Namiki has released this fountain pen with the motif of the legendary Chinese Phoenix. 

The Namiki Yukari Maki-e Phoenix fountain pen has an 18k gold nib in size #10, which is available in fine, medium, or broad. The fountain pen fills via cartridge/converter (a CON-70 is included), and comes packaged in an octagonal wooden box with a bottle of ink and a serial number plate.

This Yukari fountain pen features a wax-lacquered finish on the cap and barrel, finished with polished Taka-Maki-e. It depicts a phoenix, which in Japanese custom is said to appear in the world with the birth of a holy child. On the cap is a detailed drawing of an azusa, or catalpa tree—the symbol of the Emperor Naruhito. The diamond-shaped ryobun pattern is imprinted on the clip to commemorate the death of Emperor Showa. This is one of the traditional patterns of yusyokumon, which has been used for costumes and upholstery of public houses. The image of a rippling water ring around a single diamond expresses eternity. 

The special boxes are octagonally shaped, symbolizing the hope that the Reiwa era would continue forever. The box itself is named after the Chrysanthemum Throne in the Shishin-den at Kyoto Imperial Palace, which is also called Takamikura. The cap of the ink bottle is printed with the design and the letter of the new Reiwa era and the date. 

The production of The Emperor's Throne Memorial Engraved Fountain Pen is handled by Kunimitsu, an artisan lacquer group founded in 1931.

This Maki-e fountain pen will have a limited number of 800 in commemoration of the order of the Emperor. Kunimitsu also crafted fountain pens at the accession of Emperor Showa in 1926 and Emperor Heisei in 1989.

The Yukari Collection combines designs inspired by the four seasons with various techniques such as Togidashi-Taka Maki-e (Burnished-Raised Maki-e) and Raden (Mother-of-Pearl). While being a size that can be carried and used every day, the fountain pens of the Yukari Collection exhibit the beautiful and delicate techniques of Maki-e down to the finest detail. In order to bring out a fine Maki-e, the four-step process of lacquering, drawing, sprinkling powdered gold, and polishing is repeated many times over. A fountain pen takes more than three months to craft, with some Maki-e fountain pens going through the process as much as 130 times.

As these pens are truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art, they are warrantied for life by Namiki.

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