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Tombow Pencil Co.,Ltd.
Native name
Private KK
Industry Stationery
Founded 11 February 1913; 104 years ago (1913-02-11)
Founder Harunosuke Ogawa
Headquarters Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-8583, Japan
Area served
Key people
Akihiro Ogawa
(President and CEO)
Number of employees
397 (as of June, 2015)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

Tombow Pencil Co.,Ltd. (株式会社トンボ鉛筆, Kabushiki-gaisha Tonbo Enpitsu) is a Japanese manufacturer of pens and pencils and other stationery. The company was founded in 1913 as Messrs Tombow and has since grown into an international business. Based in Tokyo with 397 employees,[1] Tombow also has two overseas production facilities in Thailand and Vietnam. Tombow Thailand is the first overseas factory of Tombow with 425 employees (December 2007) and 6,480 square meters building area.


Tombow's range of products include:[2]

Category Products
Writing instruments Ballpoint pens, multifunction pens
Pencils, mechanical pencils
Marker pens, highlighters, brush pens
Erasers Erasers, correction tapes
Adhesives Liquid adhesives, glue tapes, glue sticks

Brush pens[edit]

Traditional Japanese calligraphy is done with brush and ink. This is not very practical for office or school use. But one can now obtain "fudepen" or "brush pens", such as Tombow's Fudenosuke (筆之助). These pens have a soft, brushlike nib which provides a varying width mark, depending on angle and pressure.


The Zoom 414 pen, designed by Kazunori Katami, won the Red Dot design award in 2007.[3] It combines a ballpoint pen, a mechanical pencil, a highlighter and an eraser in one slim design.


The AirPress Pen features innovative air pressure technology and is always ready for writing. The ballpoint pen works in unusual situations such as writing overhead, in dusty locations or on wet paper. The AirPress Pen was awarded the Red Dot design award 2010 for its product design.


  1. ^ a b "Company Profile". Tombow Pencil. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Product Catalog". Tombow Pencil. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ Red Dot store

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