Sunday, November 17, 2019

Namiki Yukari Royale Lioness and Cubs

Namiki discontinued Yukari Royale Chrysanthemum Dew, and launched the Lioness and Cubs.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pilot Enthronement of Japan New Emperor Commemoration Phoenix Maki-e Limited Edition Fountain Pen

In the past, Pilot Corporation released a limited edition maki-e fountain pen to commemorate Emperor Heisei enthronement ceremony (year 1989).

 This year (2019) Pilot Corporation commemorates the emperor’s enthronement ceremony on May 1, 2019 with a launch of a limited edition of 800 pieces of maki-e fountain pen. The Phoenix ( 鳳凰ほうおう) maki-e fountain pen will be launched on May 24th, 2019.

The Chinese mythology bird Phoenix motif is hand painted on the pen barrel. A special box is designed for this major event. A ink bottle cap is printed with the letter of the Japan new era “Reiwa” and May 1st 2019, the original date of the era.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pilot Capless Decimo - An Evergreen Fountain Pen

Pilot iconic capless decimo fountain pens popularity has been steadily increase in the recently years based on the special edition sold out rate. It is getting faster each year.

I have the opportunity to add few to my Pilot Capless Decimo collection.

Above is the Pilot Annual Capless Limited Edition.

From the left
2006 ... Ice Blue
2007 ... Orange
2008 ... Purple
2009 ... Vivid Red
2010 ... Ice Green
2011 ... Pearl Pink
2012 ... Charcoal
2013 ...Maple Wood ... Vanishing Point 50th Anniversary
2014 ... Metallic Copper
2015 ... Twilight Blue
2016 ... Guilloche
2017 ... Crimson Sunrise
2018 ... Crossed Line

Below is a picture of Japan Only edition of Pilot Capless Decimo, except for one in picture. Are you able to spot the fountain pen?

Saturday, December 22, 2018


Last evening, while shopping for Christmas gift, I picked up a good Pilot Iroshizuku offer at Fook Hing Trading.

Pilot pen Singapore is giving away one piece of Kakuno fountain pen and a Pilot 100th anniversary bear when you purchase a bottle of 50ml of Iroshizuku ink, and a set of 3 15ml Iroshizuku ink.

The availability of the bear is while stock last. Check it out the your local Pilot Pen Singapore authorized retailers for this offer.

Monday, November 19, 2018


November 15 2018, Pilot Japan official released their 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Emporer fountain pen.

I was taken by surprise by the Mt. Fuji design of this limited edition emperor fountain pen. Unlike other brands, Pilot decided not to do a Phoenix or some general design which other brands did in the past to commemorate their 100th anniversary.

While some collectors feel that it is a boring, and not a fresh idea or design, I feel it is an excellent choice.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Aurora Optima Fine Flex Grey Resin Limited Edition

I was looking for a new pen to accompany me on my Japanese language learning journey. The Aurora Optima nib got my attention while browsing.

The Aurora Optima comes with a fine flex nib. It is suitable for those users who uses fine nib for their daily writing, and want a fountain pen that can flex for some creative drawing or writing.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

J.S. Staedtler Inkwell

Is there still a needs or market for ink well?

A very simple Staedtler ink well got my attention in my recent visit to local pen shop. The ink well is not fanciful or well decorated like the Bortoletti Inkwell Cal40.

The beauty of this Staedtler ink well is its simple and symmetry shape of the cube shaped ink well.

It is hand-made using lead crystal with a all metal screw up flat top cap. The cap is decorated with Staedtler Mars head logo. It has a ink capacity of approximately 25ml

I was told this is made in Germany.

This ink well make a good Christmas gift.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Back to colour!!!

Pilot Capless Limited Edition 2017 color theme is called Crimson Sunrise. It is excellent blend of orange and red.

Only 2017 pieces will made available. Each pens are individually numbered.

It was launched on September 1. It is now available locally at all authorized Pilot retailers.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Danitrio The Battles of Kawanakajima Makie Fountain Pen

川中島の戦い Kawanakajima no tatakai

This Danitrio makie fountain pen theme Battles of Kawanakajima  bring back some old memory - my favour Samuri movie titled "Heaven and Earth". Do not mistaken this movie with the Hollywood 1993 war movie directed by Oliver Stone, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Joan Chen and Hiep Thu Le.

This block blaster Japanese Heaven and Earth (天と地と, Ten to chi to) was a 1990 film directed by Haruki Kadokawa, starring Enoki Takaaki, Tsugawa Masahiko, Asano Atsuko, Zaizen Naomi and Nomura Hironobu.

The movie is based on the famous fifth battle of the Japanese history Battles of Kawanakajima. They were fought in the Sengoku Period of Japan between Takeda Shingen of Kai Province and Uesugi Kenshin of Echigo Province in the plain of Kawanakajima, "the island between the rivers", in the north of Shinano Province.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Pilot Capless Limited Edition will be launched in September 2016.

Pilot move away from their transition of launching the special color for their limited edition. The 2016 Limited Edition barrel is made from resin with barleycorn pattern (guilloche technique) engraved.

It look similar to the Pilot Justus 95, except this is a Pilot Capless.

There is a divided option about beauty of the Capless/Vanishing point Limited Edition 2016.

Honestly, I am not excited about Pilot vanishing point limited edition 2016.