The Unique Collection 2014

In 1929, Pelikan registered the patent for the piston mechanism, a new fountain pen filling system. This technique, refined and updated, is still used today in all the piston fountain pens made by Pelikan. For the models of the Unique Collection, we have chosen the renowned series "Souverän" as the basis, either in the size 800 or in the largest available size, 1000. One of the finest features of the Souverän series is the finely-chased 18 carat gold nib in the size M, accentuated with a rhodium décor. The clip and the rings are covered by 24-carat gold, and the cap as well as the barrel are both made of high-quality resin.

For the Maki-e Unique Collection 2014, we have chosen 17 unique pieces, created by renowned Maki-e artists in Japan. Pelikan guarantees that these precise fountain pens have never been part of a Pelikan-Collection and will never become one. Every fountain pen of the Unique Collection is signed by the artist himself. Just below the signature, as a special sign for the Unique Collection, the artist has added the special "Kao" sign in red, drawn by hand with the Maki-e technique.

Whenever you see this sign on a Pelikan fountain pen, you will know that this is one of the rare fountain pens of the Pelikan Maki-e Unique Collection. With the honed experience of decades and excellent craftsmanship, the fountain pen model Souveraen is produced in Germany and then decorated in Japan, thus creating a perfectly crafted product that is more than the sum of each part... a little bit of magic has slipped into it.

Each fountain pen is accompanied by a certificate and encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

On the cover of the box, three pieces of information are hand-painted in Japanese letters: The name of the artist with its red stamp, the name of the fountain pen, and the decorative Maki-e method which was used (from left to right).

The Maki-e Technique

Maki-e is the art of Japanese lacquer painting and is renowned for its beauty and artistry. It takes decades of intensive training before an artist can accomplish a perfect Maki-e painting. Every fountain pen is decorated by hand in many hours of supreme craftsmanship. For the Pelikan Unique Collection, a choice of different techniques was used:

The Togidashi-Maki-e technique

In this technique, the rare Japanese lacquer Urushi is applied in a multitude of layers which are polished many times. The design is drawn first with tracing paper and then with colored lacquer onto the surface of the fountain pen. It is then sprinkled with a multitude of lacquer-layers or gold and silver dust.

The Taka Maki-e technique

The artist mixes charcoal powder or gold powder into the lacquer, so that the pattern of the design is raised above the surface and a three-dimensional effect is created: If your thumb glides over the surface, you will feel the difference.

The Chinkin Maki-e technique

Chinkin is the technique of decorating lacquer-ware by carving the designs into the lacquered surface using a sharp chisel. Gold or silver powder, alternatively black or colored lacquer, is inlayed into the carved design.

The Raden technique

Raden is a traditional Japanese decorative craft for lacquer ware and woodwork. The Pelikan Raden pens are made with particles from the abalone shell which originates in the Sea of Japan. In the production process, the abalone shell is placed on the ground and flattened with a hard stone into very thin sheets. Then the most beautiful parts are cut into small pieces and affixed one by one to the coating of lacquer which is already on the body of the fountain pen.

The Tataki Nuri technique

For this decorating method, a special sponge is used to create the pattern.

The Seikaiha technique

The Seikaiha painting technique is a method to create a regular pattern on an object of art. First, a thin coat of Shibourushi lacquer is applied onto the body of the fountain pen, then the special pattern is drawn by using a spatula or a brush when the lacquer is half-dry.

How does the auction work?

The auction works in four easy steps:

  1. You sign up

    Click here to sign up for the auction (or to edit your existing profile).

    While signing up, you also choose a retailer who will act as your partner after the end of the auction. This retailer will sell the fountain pen to you, and he will also receive your prepayment. By signing up, you confirm that you are willing to prepay the value of the pen and that you are able to pay the total amount.

  2. You choose

    Choose carefully which pen you wish to buy. On the product page of each fountain pen, you can see when the auction starts.

    The very first auction will start on November 3rd.
    Every week day, another auction follows.
    There are 17 auctions in total.
    Each auction runs a full week.
    The hammer always falls at 2PM CEST (Berlin time).

  3. You bid

    As soon as the auction starts, you can enter your maximum bid on the website. The price will go up in steps of 50 Euro.

    If nobody else bids as high as you, your maximum bid will remain your secret.

    On the product page of each fountain pen, you can see when the auction ends. Make sure you don’t enter your last bid at the last minute as the electronic transfer time in this global auction can vary, and we don’t want you to miss your dream by a second!

  4. You win

    If you have offered the highest bid, a preliminary contract is concluded and you will get a confirmation via e-mail. Your chosen retailer will get the same e-mail in cc. Together with your chosen retailer, you will arrange the prepayment and delivery details.

    This year, every fountain pen will be directly shipped from Japan, therefore it might have to cross some borders to get to you!

    The retailer will only hand over the pen after receipt of your full prepayment. Now, you can celebrate and enjoy the feeling of being one of the few people who own a Unique Pelikan Maki-e fountain pen!

In order to fully understand the auction process, please read the ”General Terms and Conditions for Unique MAKI-E pen Internet auctions”. In the event of any discrepancy of this information with the ”General Terms and Conditions for Unique MAKI-E pen Internet auctions” the latter will be decisive.

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We guarantee that your personal data will only be transmitted in a secure way and that we will only pass it on in connection to the execution of this auction (i.e. to carriers, to your chosen retailer in case you win, etc.).

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Roadshow 2014

You can now have a look at the unique fountains before the auctions start! They are exhibited in a roadshow at the following retailers in Japan:

12 - 27 August, K. Itoya
2-7-15 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
3 - 16 September, Hankyu Umeda Department Store
FWI section, 10F 8-7 Kakuta-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka
18 Sep. - 1 Oct., NAGASAWA Pen Style "DEN"
Junkudo 3F, 1-6-18 Sannomiya-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
7 - 15 October, Maruzen Bookstore Marunouchi
OAZO 4F, 1-6-4 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
18 - 26 October, Maruzen Bookstore Nihonbashi
B1F, 2-3-10 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo


The art of creating a Maki-e fountain pen

Our film shows the popular leading Maki-e artist in Japan, Mushu Yamazaki, at his fascinating work and records, in impressive images, the creation of a precious Pelikan Maki-e fountain pen.

We are happy and proud that our Online Auction won the coveted World Luxury Award Finalist Certificate in the category Design and Accessories 2012. The World Luxury Award is the biggest global advertising award and recognizes the very best of creativity in luxury advertising and communication. We are in excellent company with many other top luxury brands of the word.