Maple Pilot Kaede Fountain Pen
Three companies dominate Japanese fountain pen making, all established in the 1910's and 1920's and all motivated by their common desire to develop a superior Japanese counterpart to their Western competitors such as Waterman and Parker. Ironically, both latter companies have lost their once top dog positions in the 'fountain pen world', while Sailor, Pilot and Platinum today represent the holy trinity of excellence in writing utensils. The main and defining reason for this accolade is the fact that all three companies supervise their production from beginning to end within their very own factories. No subcontracting insures total quality control, and private ownership protects their original vision and enthusiasm for pen making.
Here presented, Pilot's beautiful Kaede model made using an indigenous Japanese material, commonly known as maple, but which comes in hundreds of variants species under the umbrella of the Kaede Itaya family. Found in Hokkaido, this variety of maple is known for being hard and durable hence, well adapted to pen making. Pilot has been using this casing type from the 1970s onwards and so it possesses a certain vintage cachet.
Maybe you will ask why wood for a pen? Because it offers a completely different feel in hand : warm and natural, soft and silky, luxurious and unexpected, it will wear with grace, darken with time and become deeply personal. Indeed it is the use of this pen, with hundreds of hours of writing under its belt, which will bring, by way of the skin's natural oil, a hard patina of wear, a testament of the work that has been done.
Let's not forget the 14k nib, available in Fine or Medium, both true to size and divine to write with in their own respective repertoire. We highly recommend Pilot pens to anyone unsure of purchasing a pen online as Pilot pens deliver on what is advertised and do not hold many (bad) surprises.
Body material: Acer Mono or Japanese Maple wood, satin finish, un-lacquered.
Nib size: Fine or Medium
Nib material: 14k gold
Cap type: Threaded screw-on cap
Cartridge type: Takes Pilot cartridges which can be found here; or can be fitted with a con-40 or larger capacity con-70 Pilot converter refillable cartridge, which can be found here.
Dimensions: open 12.7cm, closed 14.3cm, diameter 1.47mm, posted 16.4cm
Included: presentation box
Made in Japan