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Tombow Pencil Co.,Ltd.
Native name
Private KK
Founded11 February 1913; 106 years ago (1913-02-11)
FounderHarunosuke Ogawa
Area served
Key people
Akihiro Ogawa
(President and CEO)
Number of employees
397 (as of June, 2015)
WebsiteOfficial 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 office supplies. 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


MONO Eraser

Mono is one of Tombow's most popular product lines. It comprises different types of pencils, erasers, and correction tapes. Some product examples include the Mono plastic eraser (see image), the Mono Graph pencil, and the Mono correction tape.[2][3]

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. It is popular for lettering.


The Zoom 414 pen, designed by Kazunori Katami, won the Red Dot design award in 2007.[4] 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. ^ a b "Product Catalog". Tombow Pencil. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Tombow Mono: A Comprehensive Guide -". Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  4. ^ Red Dot store Archived 2012-12-18 at

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