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All great things start with a mechanical pencil

Article - September 4, 2020

The samurai sword has long been an iconic symbol of Japan’s reputed craftsmanship and manufacturing excellence. But for many the pen is mightier than the sword. And that is certainly the case for Kotobuki, a company that, throughout its 50-year history, has strived for the highest standards of monozukuri (Japanese craftsmanship) and R&D to manufacture the highest quality and technologically advanced writing instruments on the market.


All great things – from buildings and machines to a finely designed dress – often start with a simple pencil sketch. As such, the humble pencil’s impact on technology, engineering, architecture and culture throughout history cannot be understated. And even in our highly digitalized world, writing instruments will continue to have their place long into the future.

With that in mind, Kotobuki will continue to pioneer the advancement of the writing instrument industry market with its innovative technology and superior quality products, which include mechanical pencils, ballpoint and felt pens, among others.

“Everywhere, quality is revered and valued. We pride ourselves on always being able to emphasize our quality, and our products are shipped only after passing Kotobuki’s 100% quality control process. Our mechanical pencils last over 10 years,” says Kotobuki chairman, Hidehei Kageyama. “While there are cheaper products emerging from countries such as China, the value of the products we offer is something that cannot be matched.”

Engineers at Kotobuki’s R&D centre work tirelessly to develop new writing technologies and have been responsible for the development of functions such as the cushion point and the sliding sleeve. The company’s latest product is a high-quality pencil that has a mechanism that improves the writing process by delivering a comfortable amount of lead automatically, while at the same time enhancing shock absorption and lead breakage protection functions.

Leveraging on its longcultivated mechanical writing instrument technology, Kotobuki has recently begun a new venture into the cosmetics industry, developing and supplying highperforming containers for both liquid- and solidbased cosmetic products.

“By deploying technical knowhow accumulated from decades of experience with writing instruments, we are looking to provide functions to cosmetic containers so that they can be easily stored and conveniently transported,” adds Mr. Kageyama.

“Traditionally, mechanical functions were rarely seen in cosmetic products, except for certain products such as lipsticks. Kotobuki’s technology for writing instruments can be applied directly to cosmetic containers and dispensers. To facilitate maximum comfort while introducing innovation to the market is one of our goals.”


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Masahiko Nishi

President and Representative Director

Katsumi Ishizaka

CEO & President
Fuji Silysia Chemical L.T.D.


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Nobumasa Ishiai

President and CEO, ABLIC Inc. Senior Managing Executive Officer, MinebeaMitsumi Inc. (Parent Company of ABLIC)