Pilot Fountain Pens

Pilot Fountain Pens




Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel, Classic Design, Fine Nib, Black Ink (91111)

by Pilot
A 90 year history!

The first of the PILOT pens were launched in Japan in 1918. At this time, the country was just opening up to Western influences and was importing European techniques.

Trade agreements and contracts were being signed left. right and centre….. and the Japanese whose writing was poorly suited to the demands of commercial trade quickly had to simplify the lines of their characters and adapt to international calligraphy standards.

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So many pen manufacturers were set up in Japan during this time.

Ryosuke NAMIKI, a mechanical engineer and professor at the Tokyo Merchant Marine Collage, was captivated by the ingenuity of these fountain pens which his contemporaries called “10,000 year brushes” because of their uninterrupted ink flow. That would have been different for the Japanese at the time….

 However, at the same time Ryosuke NAMIKI remained convinced about their imperfections, always trying to improve things….

Using his skills as an  industrial engineer, he started to create  high quality prototypes of his own design.

After forming a partnership with one of his colleagues, Masao WADA, he created the NAMIKI MANUFACTURING COMPANY and they started producing fountain pens themselves.

As a tribute to their other shared passion, the sea, the pair used the brand name PILOT, referring to the fleet’s flagship.

In 1938 the company became the PILOT PEN Co Ltd, then in 1989 the PILOT CORPORATION, a modern name covering the decades of creativity, design and innovation which have enabled the PILOT brand to position itself as one of the world leaders in writing instrument technology.

Pilot pens is a Japanese pen company with almost 100 years of experience in perfecting a combination of exquisite Japanese craftsmanship and beauty, with superior precision nibs and ink.

They are committed to providing all their customers with an exceptional product.

Stating whether you are a beginner or seasoned pen collector, your Pilot pen is sure to become one of your favourite writing instruments in your collection.

Most of the Pilot pens do come with a 1 to 3 year warranty which is good. Warranty information is included with each Pilot pen.

3 Year Warranty:

  • Fermo
  • Sterling, Falcon
  • Vanishing Point


1 Year Warranty:

  • Custom 823
  • Agless
  • Custom 74
  • Stanza
  • Knight
  • Prera
  • Axiom