The newest addition to the Pilot Namiki Collection is this 2023 Limited Edition Emperor called White Rabbit. It takes many months to expertly handcraft each White Rabbit pen and there are only 99 available worldwide.
Named the White Rabbit, this 105th Anniversary Limited Edition pen stands as a testament to Pilot's commitment to innovation and excellence. This pen's magnificence lies not only in its functionality but in the intricate maki-e artistry that adorns it.
Limited to a mere 99 units worldwide, the White Rabbit pen is a truly exclusive collector's item. Boasting a #50, medium-sized 18-karat gold nib, it combines functionality with elegance. This release coincides with the Year of the Rabbit, further connecting with the Japanese cultural and historical significance of this creature. In Japanese culture, the white rabbit holds special significance as a symbol of fortune, longevity, and cleverness. Its appearance is often associated with positive omens and the potential for favorable outcomes.
The pen's canvas is a reflection of traditional togidashi maki-e with platinum powder as the backdrop. The deity, Okuninushi, is meticulously brought to life using taka maki-e and platinum powder techniques, lending depth and texture to the piece. The clouds, grass, and rabbits are equally captivating, employing taka maki-e to capture fine details with utmost precision. A harmonious blend of togidashi maki-e and raden (mother of pearl) come together to form the waves that backdrop the rabbit, showcasing an exquisite interplay of textures. Among the many highlights, the rocks emerge with striking realism thanks to the shishiai-togidashi takamakie technique.
Each of these traditional maki-e methods carries its own distinct artistry: togidashi maki-e involves polishing layers of lacquer to reveal underlying layers, taka maki-e employs raised designs with multiple layers of lacquer, and raden introduces the shimmering iridescence of mother of pearl. This maki-e piece of art, skillfully integrated into a functional fountain pen, not only captures the essence of Pilot's legacy but also celebrates the profound artistic heritage of Japan.
Each of the 99 White Rabbit fountain pens is presented in an elegant, limited edition wooden gift box with a gorgeous, deep Pilot blue lining and a serial number plate. Accompanying this exquisite pen is a limited edition bottle of black ink, its cap adorned with a gold rabbit, symbolizing luck and prosperity. The set further includes a polishing cloth, an artisan card detailing the creative journey, and a comprehensive use and care guide, ensuring that this remarkable piece remains a treasured heirloom for generations to come.
- Fountain Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Cap Rotations
For pens with a screw-cap closure, how many rotations it takes to uncap/recap the pen.
- Cap Type
How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).
- Compatible inks & refills
Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.
- Bottled inks
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Grip Material
- Nib Size
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
- 18k Gold
Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.
Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Diameter - Body
- 17.2mm (0.68in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 20mm (0.79in)
- Diameter - Grip (mm)
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 158.9mm (6.26in)
- Length - Cap
- 83.7mm (3.30in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 31.7mm (1.25in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 175mm (6.89in)
- Weight - Body
If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.
- 32g (1.13oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 16.7g (0.59oz)
- Weight - Overall (g)
FAQs about Fountain Pens
How do I fill a fountain pen with ink?
It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above.
Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:
- Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write! Check out our quick guide here.
- Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
- Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
- Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
- Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking. Check out our video on how to use a vac filler here.
Check out more info on these filling mechanisms including a video on how to fill each one on our blog.
How do I clean a fountain pen?
It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck.
It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:
How often do I need to clean my fountain pen?
We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors.
Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.
My pen won’t write! What do I do?
First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.
We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.
If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed.
If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help!
What's your return policy?
You can submit a return request within 60 days of your order date. You can read all our Return Policies here.
To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.
Please note we are unable to accept a return of any Namiki or Sailor Bespoke fountain pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.