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Pilot Pens

In 1918, Japanese engineers Ryosuke Namiki and Masao Wada founded the Namiki Manufacturing Company in Tokyo, Japan. Namiki, who had been a professor at the Tokyo Merchant Marine college, quit his job to manufacture gold fountain pen nibs. Wanting to perfect fountain pen design, he came up with his own prototype pen that he and Wada began manufacturing. Both colleagues shared a passion for the sea, so they named the prototype pen Pilot after the Japanese fleet's flagship. The company still operates today as the Pilot Corporation.

Pilot fountain pens are famous for their Namiki pen brand, which features Maki-e designs. Maki-e is an ancient Japanese method of applying multiple layers of lacquer decorated with colored pigments, powders, flakes of gold and silver, and thin slivers of abalone... Read more

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