Pilot is pleased to announce the 2022 Limited Edition Namiki Yukari, Ginkgo. The exceptional artwork featured on this fountain pen was designed by the highly revered Kokkokai group. It takes many months to expertly handcraft each Ginkgo pen. Only 300 were produced worldwide, with 69 of these available in the US.
The barrel artwork was designed using traditional maki-e lacquer work and finished with a sprinkling of gold dust using the togidashi polishing technique. Each of the ginkgo leaves represented on the pen were expertly crafted using a variety of maki-e techniques. The fuller, gold leaves use a hira (flat) technique and the delicate outlined leaves use a kakiwari technique. The pen has a traditional cigar shaped body style and is enhanced with a #10 18-karat gold nib with rhodium plated accents to depict the iconic silhouette of Mount Fuji, available in Fine, Medium, or Broad sizes.
Ginkgo trees are one of the oldest living tree species in the world. Ginkgo trees live for thousands of years and have no close relatives in nature. For this reason, the ginkgo’s beautiful, fan shaped leaves are used to symbolize longevity in Japanese art. Because of their thick bark, ginkgo trees are also known to retain a great deal of moisture, making them resistant to fire and able to withstand even the most intense blaze. In Japan, ginkgo trees are planted in important locations such as Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, not only to be aesthetically pleasing but also to protect the buildings from possible fire.
The unusual fan shape of the foliage flutters in the slightest breeze. In the spring and summer time, they are a beautiful, bright green. As the leaves change color and fall in the autumn, the ground around the trees becomes adorned with a vibrant blanket of striking honey yellow.
The Namiki Yukari fountain pen fills via cartridge/converter (a CON-70 is included), and comes packaged in an elegant presentation box with a bottle of black ink as well as a signature card and instruction card.
As these pens are truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art, they are warrantied for life by Namiki.
Please allow us up to several extra days for shipping of this pen. 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)
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!
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.
You can learn more with our Fountain Pen 101 video on Filling Mechanisms on YouTube.
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!