22 October 2010


Ryosuke Namiki founded the Namiki Manufacturing Company with the financial help of his friend Masao Wada in 1918. Namiki had graduated from the Tokyo Nautical School and had worked as a captain of a merchant ship. So, his life had been closely associated to the sea before embarking on the pen business.

According to Mr. Niikura, the pen in the picture was manufactured in the nineteen-twenties.

The engraving on the barrel.

It is an eyedropper pen -therefore, an O-shiki (O-式)- with a safety valve, as was common in Japan at the time. Its name is “kai-koku” (海国), Sea Country. These words are written on the nib in Roman characters, and on the barrel in Chinese ideograms.

The gold nib and its engravings: KAIKOKU and 14KGOLD.
The safety valve, half open.

This nib is a 14 K gold, semiflexible. An overfeed supplies all the ink it might need.

With thanks to Mr. Niikura.

(Pilot Short Pen – Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-guri)

Bruno Taut
(Tokyo, October 22th, 2010)
[labels: Pilot, Japón, evento]

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