This is probably my favorite Pilot/Namiki pen, I have used it nearly every day for the past fifteen years. It was issued in 1998 as a limited edition of 1918 pens to celebrate Pilot's 80th anniversary.
The roiro-nuri urushi jet-black lustrous finish is flawless and I am afraid my photos don't really capture the beauty of the pen. A cool feature is that the clip is also finished in black lacquer. The decorated band at the bottom of the cap lends interest and makes this more attractive in my opinion as compared to the current Namiki urushi yukari royale pens which are otherwise very similar to this one.
The pen came in a large, gorgeous black lacquer box that included a leather pen case, writing paper, and an 80th anniversary ink bottle.
The shijin came with either a medium or broad 18K nib. I have the medium and it is a typical Pilot nib, extremely smooth. Performance has been flawless, never skips, writes instantly even when unused for weeks.
This is a pretty large pen (yukari royale size), nearly 6 inches long capped, slightly larger than a Pelikan M-800. Urushi lacquer on a brass base, so it is distinctly heavier than (for example) a Nakaya of the same size. Quite well balanced though so I don't find it tiring using it and the weight gives it a very substantial feel that I like.
The band is decorated with the shijin (four gods) done in togidashi maki-e. The Japanese imported the shijin from China. Each mythological creature guards a direction of the compass and is also associated with a season. They are respectively, Shujaku, the red phoenix of the south (summer):
Byakko, the white tiger of the west (autumn):
Genbu, the black tortoise of the north (winter):
and Seiryu, the blue/green dragon of the east (spring):
Edited by RLD, 04 March 2013 - 14:22.