on saleNamiki Yukari Maki-e Fountain Pen - Bumblebee (Limited Edition)

Product Code PN20715

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on saleNamiki Yukari Maki-e Fountain Pen - Bumblebee (Limited Edition)

Product Code PN20715

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Pilot Corporation of America is proud to present the 2024 Limited Edition Yukari - Bumblebee (丸花蜂). The motif of the pen, inspired by the theme of symbiosis, illustrates a harmonious relationship between the flora and fauna of the natural world, capturing the essence of mutualism.

A bumblebee, with its slightly larger, rounded body cloaked in soft hairs, serves as a vital role in pollen transportation. Found globally, they have become indispensable pollinators for numerous plants and flowers. Keen garden enthusiasts often embrace bumblebees in their gardens, appreciating their docile nature and rarity of stinging. Their diligent foraging is often celebrated as an emblem of intelligence and independence.

Blue Salvia stands prominently amidst the backdrop. The Blue Salvia is a flower native to North America, celebrated for its vibrant purple-blue blossoms and symbolism of respect, wisdom, and familial love. Its sweet nectar draws a ballet of pollinators, brightening our world. Easy to cultivate, Blue Salvia allows gardeners to partake in the joys of planting, mirroring the interconnectedness and mutual support inherent in nature.

The pen is exquisitely decorated with a depiction of bumblebees collecting nectar, employing the technique of Hira Maki-e (Flat Maki-e) to capture pollen adorning their wings and body. The imagery of bumblebees fluttering around Blue Salvias utilizes a combination of Togidashi Maki-e (Burnished Maki-e), Raden (Mother-of-Pearl), and gold powder to convey movement and light. Sporting a classic cigar-shaped body, the pen is further enhanced by a #10 18-karat gold nib, plated with rhodium accents to evoke the majestic silhouette of Mount Fuji. Available nib sizes include Fine, Medium, or Broad, catering to diverse writing preferences and styles.

Enclosed in a box adorned with Hakone marquetry, an art form that mimics the honeycomb's intricate patterns using small pieces of variously hued woods, the Bumblebee is a testament to the hope that each holder’s days are filled with love.

The 2024 Limited Edition Yukari Bumblebee is a product of the renowned Kokkokai, embodying months of meticulous and passionate effort. With only 300 pieces produced globally and 69 pens available in the United States, this limited
edition is a rare gem in the world of writing instruments.

• 69 of the 2024 Yukari Limited Editions are available in the US
• Capped, Yukari size fountain pen
• Fine, Medium, or Broad #10, 18kt gold rhodium plated two-tone nib
• Black bottled ink included
• Con-70 converter included
• Serial number engraved on the top of each clip
• Leaflet and use & care guide included in the box
• Packaged in an elegant, limited edition giftbox with a gold, silky lining

As these pens are truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art, they are warrantied for life by Namiki.

Please also note we are unable to accept a return of this pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.

Fountain Pens

Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.

Body Material
Lacquered metal
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, Proprietary Pilot ink cartridges
Filling Mechanism

How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.

Cartridge, Converter
Grip Material
Nib Size
Fine, Medium, Broad
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
12mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
14.3mm (0.6in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
19.2mm (0.8in)
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.

129.1mm (5.1in)
Length - Cap
67.8mm (2.7in)
Length - Nib

The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.

21mm (0.8in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
142.4mm (5.6in)
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.

160.9mm (6.3in)
Weight - Body

If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.

19g (0.7oz)
Weight - Cap
14g (0.5oz)
Weight - Overall (g)

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Elegant Maki-E

The 18K gold nib (M) is flawless, smooth and wet with moderate spring. One would expect a hand-tuned nib at this price point and it is the best in my collection. The pen has a good weight in the hand, feeling substantial due to the metal body under the lacquer and the build quality is top-notch. The Maki-E embellishments are clear and detailed. Most important for me, they are not gaudy or over-stated. The colors of the sativa are striking, but not flashy. The bees are lovely and not crowded or busy. The raden and gold dust enhance the art. Many larger Maki-E pens with more ornate designs strike me as "over-the-top" and I wouldn't feel comfortable writing with them; I love this pen.

FAQs about Fountain Pens

How do I fill a fountain pen with ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

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? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

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? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

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? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

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? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

You can submit a return request within 30 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.