“What Fuji is to mountains, PILOT shall be to fountain pens”. These words, spoken by PILOT's founders, reflect their determination to see PILOT become a world-renowned fountain pen manufacturer, just as Mt. Fuji is one of the world's most lauded peaks. These formative words inspired Pilot to use the image of Mt. Fuji on these commemorative fountain pens, specially produced to mark their one hundredth year.
The Fuji & Meiji-Maru depicts on its cap the majestic Mt.Fuji, gazing down on the departing ship, while on the barrel the Meiji-Maru sailing ship is rendered in Togidashi-Taka Maki-e (Burnished-Raised Maki-e). Both of Pilot's founders, who were graduates of the Tokyo Nautical School, sailed on the Meiji-Maru as part of their training. At sea, it is the pilot who guides ships safely through dangerous waters, and the name of our company—PILOT—was chosen in the hope that we might become a guiding figure in the course of the fountain pen industry. The design of this fountain pen reflects our founders’ wishes: a rich blue lacquer base suggests the sky and the sea, while the departing Meiji-Maru, her sails raised against the backdrop of Mt.Fuji, her prow pointed towards the next one hundred years, is rendered in Togidashi-Taka Maki-e (Burnished-Raised Maki-e). The Fuji & Meiji-Maru is a limited edition of 800 pens worldwide.
As these pens are truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art, they are warrantied for life by Namiki.