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Tombow Pencil Co.,Ltd.
Founded 1913 in Tokyo, Japan
Founder Harunosuke Ogawa
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Products pens, pencils and other stationery

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 398 employees (2010),[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.


  • Products 1
    • Brush pens 1.1
    • Zoom 1.2
    • Airpress 1.3
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Brush pens

Traditional Japanese calligraphy is done with brush and ink. This is not particularly 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.[2] 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 is always ready for writing. The ballpoint pen works unusual situations such as writing overhead, in dusty locations or on wet paper. The AirPress Pen was awarded with the Red Dot design award 2010 for its product design.


  1. ^ Tombow Company Profile
  2. ^ Red Dot store

External links

  • Tombow
  • Tombow Pen & Pencil GmbH, Germany / Europe
  • American Tombow Inc., USA
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