The first PILOT pens were launched in Japan in 1918. At this time, the country was opening up to Western influences and was importing European techniques.

Trade agreements and contracts were being signed and the Japanese whose writing was poorly suited to the demands of commercial trade quickly had to simplify the lines of their characters and adopt international calligraphy standards. Many pen manufacturers were set up in Japan during this time. 

Ryosuke NAMIKI, a mechanical engineer and professor at the Tokyo Merchant Marine Collage, was captivated by the ingenuity of these fountain pens which his contemporaries called "10,000 year brushes" because of their uninterrupted ink flow. However, at the same time Ryosuke NAMIKI remained convinced about their imperfections 

Using his skills in industrial engineering, he created a high quality prototype of his own design. After forming a partnership with one of his colleagues, Masao WADA, he created the NAMIKI MANUFACTURING COMPANY and started producing fountain pens. 

As a tribute to their other shared passion, the sea, the pair used the brand name PILOT, referring to the fleet's flagship. 

In 1938 the company became the PILOT PEN Co Ltd, then in 1989 the PILOT CORPORATION, a modern name covering the decades of creativity, innovation and design which have enabled the PILOT brand to position itself as the world leader in writing instrument technology. 

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Pilot Capless Decimo Fountain Pen, Black
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Pilot Capless Decimo Fountain Pen, Champagne Pink
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Pilot Capless Decimo Fountain Pen, Dark Blue
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Pilot Capless Decimo Fountain Pen, Harvest Gold
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Pilot Capless Decimo Fountain Pen, Mica Grey
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Pilot Capless Decimo Fountain Pen, Pearl White
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Pilot Capless Decimo Fountain Pen, Red
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Pilot Capless Decimo Fountain Pen, Violet
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£139.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Black and White
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£184.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Black Carbonesque
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Black with Gold Accents
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Black with Rhodium Accents
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Blue Carbonesque
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Blue with Gold Accents
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Blue with Rhodium Accents
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Brown with Rhodium Accents
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Burgundy with Gold Accents
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Chrome
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Matte Black
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Metallic Grey with Black Trim
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Red with Rhodium Accents
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£149.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Yellow and Satin Black
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£184.00
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Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, Yellow with Rhodium Accents
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£149.00
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Pilot Coupe Ballpoint, Black
The Pilot Coupe ballpoint pen is a luxury retractable ballpoint pen with a metal barrel. The pen is ..
£16.00
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Pilot Coupe Ballpoint, Ivory
The Pilot Coupe ballpoint pen is a luxury retractable ballpoint pen with a metal barrel. The pen is ..
£16.00
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Pilot Coupe Ballpoint, Red
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£16.00
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Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen, Black
The Pilot Custom 74 is available in a range of translucent colours.  It has bright rhodium plat..
£184.00
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Pilot Falcon Fountain Pen, Black
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£202.00
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Pilot Heritage 92 Fountain Pen, Clear
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£149.00
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