The Hidden Gem - Introduction and Unboxing of Pilot Elite 95S Blue Shareholder Limited Edition Pocket Fountain Pen

by Wai Tat Jerry

Dimensions 尺寸資料

Length capped 含蓋:12.0 cm
Length uncapped 不含蓋:10.5 cm
Length posted 套蓋:14.7 cm

Regular Pilot Elite 95S fountain pens are available in black and burgundy colors, but besides these two options, there is actually another highly unique and relatively unknown hidden edition color. Today, let's explore the 2014 limited edition blue Elite 95S (Shareholder Privilege Edition)!


Background of the Elite 95S

The Elite S pocket pen series originated in 1968. That year, Pilot encountered a financial crisis and was able to turn the crisis into an opportunity with the help of the Elite pocket pen (for more historical details, please click:按此). In 2013, on the occasion of Pilot's 95th anniversary, they reissued this significant pen model and named it the Elite 95S (also known as the E95S).

The Elite 95S was first released in Japan on June 25, 2013, with a price tag of 10,000 yen. Pilot set a sales target of 8,000 units for the first year. Perhaps due to its ideal sales performance, the Elite 95S has continued to be sold until today.

The design of the Elite 95S follows the second-generation Elite S pocket pen from 1974 and features an imitation inlaid nib design. It is available in black and burgundy versions. The Japanese version of the pen cap is engraved with the word "Elite," while the overseas version simply bears an "E" logo.

(Black and burgundy Elite 95S pens that can still be purchased at fountain pen stores. I finally acquired them during Christmas 2023, allowing the three Elite 95S pens to be reunited.)






Shareholder-exclusive Elite 95S

As for the blue Elite 95S, although its appearance is almost identical to the regular version of the Elite 95S, it has a very unique blue color. The key point is that it is an exclusive version strictly available only to shareholders within the company.

Pilot has a shareholder benefit system where if you hold a certain number of designated shares, you will receive a set of limited writing tools every year. In December 2014, Pilot presented a "Practical Writing Tool Set" to shareholders who held 100 to 499 shares. As for shareholders who owned 500 shares or more, they received the "Premium Writing Tool Set," which included a special edition Elite 95S in blue and a 15ml bottle of Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo ink.

"Practical Writing Instrument Set" in 2014.Photo from:


According to online information, Pilot had only about 5,000 shareholders in 2014, and the number of shareholders eligible for the "Premium Writing Tool Set" should be even fewer. Therefore, the blue limited edition as a shareholder gift from that year is presumed to be quite rare.

You might be curious: How much money did one need to become a shareholder with 500 shares? According to the data in December 2014, the price per share of Pilot was approximately 3,000 yen. In other words, you would need at least 1.5 million yen, or if converted at the exchange rate of 6.5 at that time, roughly equivalent to 100,000 Hong Kong dollars (or 12,000 US dollars).

By the way, on June 30, 2015, Pilot implemented a stock split, dividing each share held by shareholders into two shares, and the shareholder benefit system also changed accordingly. The requirement to receive the "Practical Writing Tool Set" was modified to holding 100 to 999 shares. To qualify for the "Premium Writing Tool Set," one would need to hold 1,000 shares or more. As of my writing time (January 29, 2024), with Pilot's stock price estimated at around 4,000 yen per share, you would need approximately 4 million yen in funds to achieve that...

Thank you so much, Japanese Auction, for allowing me to own this shareholder-exclusive pen, even if I am not fortunate enough to be one of the Pilot shareholders.

Blue Elite 95S and a 15mL bottle of Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo ink.






Unboxing of the pen

I was fortunate enough to acquire a set of the Elite 95S shareholder exclusive edition. Here is a brief unboxing description:

Appearance of the pen set. The box used by the pen set, in fact, is same as the box of Iroshizuku 15mL set.


Inside the box. The instructions of the pen, instructions of Iroshizuku ink and an ink cartridge were stored behind the gray foam.


The instructions of the pen. “株主優待品”, which mean “special produce for shareholders”, was printed on it.


Close-up of the nib. “1114” engraved on the nib mean that this pen was produced in November 2014.


A Con-20 converter was installed inside the pen.







Since I started collecting pocket pens, it had been quite some time since I last acquired an Elite 95S. After all, it is still in production and not considered a rare model, and the black and burgundy versions didn't particularly catch my eye. It wasn't until I came across the beautiful and collectible blue shareholder-exclusive edition that I finally made up my mind to get one. And during Christmas 2023, taking advantage of company benefits, I finally purchased the black and burgundy versions, completing my set.

During my online research, I noticed that many pen enthusiasts showed interest in the blue Elite 95S. I believe that if Pilot were to release the blue version for public sale, it would likely sell quite well. Unfortunately, the blue version is exclusively for shareholders (some pen enthusiasts humorously refer to it as the "Shareholder Blue"), making the chances of it being publicly available very slim. However, since Pilot has already introduced the blue Elite 95S, it makes one wonder if they will develop more colors or styles in the future. As a pocket pen enthusiast, I am certainly looking forward to it.



余維達 Wai Tat JERRY YU
2018/10/09 (2019/03/08 ; 2023/05/29; 2024.01.29 Updated)



  1. Bruno Taut. (2018). Corporate Edition. Crónicas Estilográficas. Retrieved from
  2. くりぼん:〈エリート95S(株主限定ディープブルー)を入手しました!〉,《みちくさ通信》。
  3. 万年筆『エリート95S』新発売,パイロット。
  4. 株主優待のご案内,パイロット。
  5. パイロットコーポレーション(7846)の株主優待&配当,楽しい株主優待&配当。
  6. パイロットコーポレーション(東1・7846) ~実用筆記具セット~,どなるど☆の部屋 ~THE株主優待& 高円寺のラーメン~。
  7. パイロットとコクヨの株主優待&スピッツ横浜サンセット,懸賞歌劇。
  8. IR Bank,パイロットコーポレーション,株式の保有割合(株主構成)。

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Peggy 2018 年 12 月 12 日 - pm 11:12


娛生 2018 年 12 月 13 日 - pm 7:16


Lomarion 2019 年 3 月 11 日 - pm 5:03

Thank you for traslation.
Not a big fan of blue pens but thats cool that Pilot give pens to their shareholders each year I didn’t know that, though buying shares for 40-60k usd to get a pen each year isn’t a best way to do it 😀 i guess it’s more like a gift and for memory for them. Wonder if Platinum or Sailor have same practice to share pens.

娛生 2019 年 3 月 13 日 - pm 7:13

Thank you for your support, Lomarion!
I also didn’t know that until I looked for the information of this pen. I believe that buying those pens in the second hand market would be a better way for us, whose are not a super-rich people, to get those pens.😂

I didn’t discover any information about giving pen to shareholder as a welfare at the official website of Platinum and Sailor. Maybe Pilot is the only company to do that?

Richard Binder 2019 年 8 月 16 日 - am 1:53

这是一个小问题,但Elite 95S于2013年发布,以庆祝Pilot第95年的营业,而不是95周年(发生在当年年底)。

娛生 2019 年 8 月 17 日 - pm 11:11

Thank you for your comment!
But I don’t get what’s the difference between 第95年的营业 and 95 anniversary. Would you mind to explain it more?

RichardsPens 2019 年 8 月 18 日 - am 3:37

This is Richard Binder. (I just remembered that I have a WordPress account!)

Pilot was founded in 1918 as the Namiki Manufacturing Company, Ltd. The 95th year of Pilot’s existence began in 2013, and the Elite 95S was introduced on 25 June 2013. Just as a person’s first birthday comes at the end of the person’s first year, Pilot’s 95th anniversary came at the end of the 95th year: in 2014, not 2013.

In the same way, the Parker “51” was given that name because its development was completed in 1939, the 51st year of Parker’s existence. The 51st anniversary was in 1940. Development of the Parker 75 was completed in 1963, the 75th year of Parker’s existence. The 75th anniversary was in 1964.

I hope this explains the difference.

娛生 2019 年 8 月 19 日 - pm 11:26

Oh, I see! I mixed up the year of existence and anniversary up till now😂
Thank you so much for going into detail and also correcting my mistake on the article!


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