Pilot Pen is synonymous with writing. The brand is known for its reliability, convenience of use and ease of writing. The effortlessness has no equal. For over a hundred years, Pilot has spearheaded and often pioneered in a myriad of ways to influence and facilitate the act of writing.
Officially called Pilot Corporation, the company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It is a globally known brand, popular as a pen manufacturer but it also makes writing instruments and stationery. It has also made some jewelry. Pilot Pen is the largest manufacturer of pens and pencils in Japan and several other countries around the world through its subsidiaries. Pilot Corporation has a formidable presence in the United Kingdom, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Malaysia, Brazil, France and Germany. It has also built a strong base in the United States. Most of the pens it sells around the world are produced in Japan, the United States and France. The luxury and signature Namiki fountain pens that use the spectacular maki-e lacquering designs are manufactured in Hiratsuka.
The history of Pilot Pen dates back to 1915 when Professor Ryōsuke Namiki resigned from his teaching job at Tokyo Nautical College and established a modest factory to manufacture gold pen nibs. He set up the factory near Tokyo and within a year the company expanded the product line to include a whole suite of writing instruments. In 1918, Ryōsuke Namiki teamed up with Masao Wada and established the Pilot Pen Corporation. Within ten years, Namiki Manufacturing Company had its presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Shanghai, London and Boston. The company underwent a name change in 1938, when it was called Pilot Pen Co., Ltd. And later in 1950 it became Pilot Ink Company, Ltd. The end of the twentieth century was marked with rapid expansion and growth around the world. By the end of the century, Pilot Pen was truly a global brand.
Pilot Pen has often led the industry from the front. It rolled out the Capless in 1964, which featured a nib that could be completely retracted. This was unprecedented in fountain pens of the time. The Capless became Vanishing Point by the early seventies and a few years back it rolled out Metropolitan, which had become a popular fountain pen for beginners. Pilot Pen has made innumerable models with crafty designs, both in affordable series and luxury collections. It has also been one of the pioneers in custom pens and heritage writing instruments. Over the decades, Pilot Pen has manufactured fountain pens, ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, gel ink pens, marker pens and highlighters, mechanical pencils and refills.
Today, Pilot Pen has neatly defined categories of Gel Ink Pens, Rolling Ball Pens, Ball Point Pens, FriXion Erasable Ink Pens, Advanced Ink Pens, Calligraphy Pens, Ergonomic Pens, Fountain Pens, Highlighters, Pressurized Pens, Pilot Fine Writing, Recycled Pens, Refills & Ink, Retractable Pens, Stick/Capped Pens, Great Pens for a Cause, Dry Erase Markers, Marker Pens, Mechanical Pencils, Permanent Markers, Multifunction Pens and Stylus. The popular brands owned by Pilot Pen are G2, Precise, FriXion, Bottle 2 Pen B2P, Dr. Grip, Enso, Acroball, MR Metropolitan, Varsity, Razor Point, Axiom, Recycled Pens, Better, Down Force, EasyTouch, Permanent Marker, Spotliter and VBall.
There is a luxury collection of Namiki pens and a Fine Writing collection comprising of the brands such as Axiom, Dr. Grip, Enso, FriXion, G2, MR Metropolitan and others. You could buy a Pilot Pen with the ink color you prefer. The company sells assorted, black, blue, brown, burgundy, caramel, dark brown, gray, green, green yellow, hunter green, light blue, light brown, lime green, navy, orange, pale orange, periwinkle, pink, purple, red, teal, turquoise, white and yellow. You may also choose the tip you prefer, from broad to extra fine, fountain to medium or shop for personalized pens with custom messages.
V-Board Master - Marker - Black - Begreen - Fine Bullet Tip
V-Board Master - Cartridge WBS-VBM - Orange - Liquid Ink
V-Board Master S - Marker - Black - Begreen - Extra Fine Tip
V-Board Master - Marker - Green - Begreen - Fine Bullet Tip
V-Board Master - Cartridge WBS-VBM - Black - Liquid Ink
V-Board Master - Marker - Red - Begreen - Fine Bullet Tip
V-Board Master - Cartridge WBS-VBM - Green - Liquid Ink
V-Board Master S - Marker - Red - Begreen - Extra Fine Tip
V-Board Master - Cartridge WBS-VBM - Blue - Liquid Ink
V-Board Master - Marker - Orange - Begreen - Fine Bullet Tip
V-Board Master - Cartridge WBS-VBM - Red - Liquid Ink
V-Board Master - Marker - Blue - Begreen - Fine Bullet Tip
V-Board Master S - Marker - Blue - Begreen - Extra Fine Tip