In China, the bat is considered as a symbol of happiness, as the pronunciation of the word “bat” resembles a Chinese word which means “fortune is coming”. The depiction of the bat is considered to be a lucky pattern which brings five kinds of luck: a long life, wealth and respect, health and mindfulness, virtue and grace, and to die without worry and regret. There were times when only noble people could wear clothes using motifs of the bat. In Japan as well, the bat is regarded as a symbol of luck as the word bat is pronounced as “komori” which could be written in Japanese as “a lot of happiness”.
There are five bats drawn on the fountain pen in Taka-Maki-e, using techniques such as raden and kirigane. As an additional symbol of luck, five painted golden four-leave clovers complement the motive on the pen.
The Limited Edition Maki-e “Five Lucky Bats” is a masterpiece that combines the craftsmanship of Pelikan Germany based on 180 years of tradition and technology coupled with superior Japanese traditional Maki-e painting techniques. Each pen has the Pelikan logo on the crown, a limited edition number and the artist’s signature drawn in by hand using Maki-e techniques.
This distinctive and unique fountain pen was crafted and drawn using Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e technique which combines Taka-Maki-e and Togidashi-Maki-e.
The Limited Edition “Five Lucky Bats” is limited to an edition of 123 pieces worldwide. Each pen is individually numbered and signed by the Maki-e artist.
Each fountain pen is equipped with a two-tone 18kt gold nib and is encased in a traditional Japanese pen box made of paulownia wood. Based on the M1000 body, the smooth operating piston mechanism allows you to fill this pen with bottled ink. An ink window allows you to see your ink level.
- Fountain Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- 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
- 18kt 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
- 14.0mm (0.55in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 16.0mm (0.63in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 19.0mm (0.75in)
- Diameter - Grip
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- 12.0mm (0.47in)
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 135.0mm (5.31in)
- Length - Cap
- 70.0mm (2.76in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 27.0mm (1.06in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 146.0mm (5.75in)
- Length - Overall (Posted)
When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.
- 177.0mm (6.97in)