Pilot unveiled the world’s first retractable fountain pen with patented, precision engineering and unsurpassed elegance on October 21 st , 1963. “Capless,” or Vanishing Point (in the United States), quickly became a revolutionary product in the fountain pen community.
Kanreki (還暦), in the traditional Japanese calendar, celebrates 60 years of life and renewal, based on the ancient lunar calendar. 60 years is the mark for a completed calendar cycle and symbolizes rebirth. Red is the established color that represents protection and is adorned for such a meaningful event. For 2023, Pilot proudly honors Vanishing Point with the Kanreki Limited Edition that features a symbolic red, hi-gloss finish, matte black accents, and an 18-karat gold rhodium plated, black nib. On October 21st, 2023, we invite you to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this astonishing pen with us.
The 2023 Limited Edition Capless Kanreki 60th Anniversary is equipped with a medium, 18 karat gold ruthenium plated nib.
The pen is presented in a strikingly accented gift box in matte black and red, and is produced in a limited quantity of 2.023 pens worldwide.
The Capless’ barrel contains a mechanism of rare precision, which allows the nib to retract into the barrel when not in use. The seal is provided by a minuscule metal shutter which is as discreet as it is reliable.
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. By listening to their customers, Pilot’s research has enabled them to create new standards in terms of comfort and innovative products.