Pilot pen Above: The Frixion Point Knock’s unique Synergy tip combines the precision of a needle point with the durability of a conical point. Below: The Frixion Clicker Erasable Pen is perfect for everyday use

DURING HIS TENURE AS A PROFESSOR at Tokyo Merchant Marine College, Ryosuke Namiki, the founder of Pilot, realised the need for improving existing pens used for writing.

After making a prototype fountain pen, he formed a partnership with one of his colleagues, Masao Wada, and started manufacturing and selling fountain pens in 1918.

Pilot continues to play a leading role in the industry, developing new technologies and introducing imaginative designs. Tradition meets innovation is a great way to describe this respected brand. Along with being the largest and one of the oldest pen manufacturers in Japan, the Pilot brand is synonymous with groundbreaking technology.

In recent years, Pilot has introduced several series of products with unique features, such as Juice Up, with its ‘synergy tip’ and smoother-flowing ink, and the Frixion series, with its exclusive thermosensitive ink technology that allows users to write and erase cleanly by friction with the same pen.

Of course, there is also a wide variety of quality writing instruments ranging from ballpoint pens to mechanical pencils.

Pilot was also the first in the world to introduce a full line of earthfriendly writing instruments: the Begreen range, made with at least 70 per cent recycled content.

Pilot continues to play a leading role in the industry, developing new technologies and introducing imaginative designs