Pilot/Namiki's 100th Anniversary was in 2018 and celebrated with the 7 Gods of Good Fortune Maki-e fountain pens as well as coordinating ink! While limited-edition, these are the first new inks from Iroshizuku in a number of years. From vibrant reds to an understated green-black, there's an ink for any fountain pen fan. Here is a closer look at these anniversary inks:
Bishamon-ten is believed to be the god of financial good fortune and competition. The red ink echoes the color of the flames, depicted on the matching fountain pen, emanating from the halo that is floating behind him.
Juro-jin is worshipped as the god of longevity and prolonged life as well as wealth and longevity. The purple ink echoes the color of the Juro-jin's Kimono, depicted on the matching fountain pen.
Taoism's three virtues which are the perpetuation of one's descendants, health and longevity, are known as Fuku-roku-ju, which in written form is represented with three Chinese characters that make up the god's name. Today, Fuku-roku-ju is worshipped as the god of personal virtue. The green ink echoes the color of the turtle, depicted on the matching fountain pen, on which Fuku-roku-ju is riding.
Benzai-ten is unique amongst the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune, in that she is the only goddess. Today, she is worshipped as the god of wisdom, and is said to represent the virtue that exists in a marriage bond. The coral pink-colored ink echoes the color of the Benzai-ten's Kimono, depicted on the matching fountain pen.
In ancient times, Ebisu was worshipped as the god of plentiful fishing, and is now regarded as the god of happiness and prosperity who makes everything from businesses to crops plentiful. The light blue ink reflects the color of the sparkling sea, depicted on the matching fountain pen, around the rock on which Ebisu is sitting.
Daikoku-ten is believed to be the god of treasure as well as happiness, prosperity and better fortune that rules food and wealth. The yellow ink echoes the color of the straw rice-bag, depicted on the fountain pen, upon which Daikoku-ten is sitting.
Hotei-son is widely regarded as a god of good fortune and matrimonial happiness, believed to impart riches, status and prosperity. The black-green ink echoes the color of Hotei-son's necklace, depicted on the matching fountain pen.
These limited-edition inks are no longer available.