About Pilot Pen
Pilot Corporation of America prides itself on being a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality writing instruments in the United States. Our sales continue to grow year after year because of the quality of our products, and the innovation of our Research and Development teams. Our spirit of innovation has always focused on serving consumer’s writing needs and making writing a pleasure.
Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States, Japan and around the world operate under strict quality control standards, ensuring the superior quality of all Pilot products. G2, Precise V5/V7, Dr. Grip and EasyTouch are among our top selling brands.
In addition to the American subsidiary, the parent company has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Brazil, Russia and Australia.
Pilot Pen is the third largest writing instrument company in the United States. Established in the U.S. in 1972, Pilot is the fastest-growing writing instrument company in the country. The parent company, Pilot Corporation in Tokyo, was founded in 1918. It is the oldest and largest writing instrument manufacturer in Japan.
Headquarters, Assembly and Distribution
Pens, highlighters, markers, mechanical pencils and fountain pens
Better Ball Point
Pilot Corporation, Tokyo
Tokyo Stock Exchange, First Section, “Pilot”
US $850 million
Writing instruments, stationery, jewelry
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy,
Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, United States, Australia
Ryosuki Namiki of Japan leaves his job as a professor and founds a small factory near Tokyo to produce gold pen nibs
Namiki expands his product line and becomes a full-fledged manufacturer of writing instruments
Masao Wada joins Namiki in business, forming the Namiki Manufacturing Company Ltd. The name "Pilot" is selected as the trade name
Namiki Manufacturing patents a process to apply lacquer on the bodies of pens to protect them from scratching and fading. The company begins to embellish their pens using the centuries-old art form of maki-e. Fifty full-time lacquer artists are employed
Namiki Manufacturing opens branches in New York, London, Shanghai and Singapore and begins advertising
Alfred H. Dunhill is fascinated by the beauty of the Namiki pens and sells them in his stores in Paris
Alfred Dunhill Limited becomes a distributor of the maki-e decorated pens and pencils in Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada, South America and Spain
Alfred Dunhill obtains worldwide rights to distribute all Namiki manufactured goods, exclusive of Japan, China and the U.S.
Namiki Manufacturing Company Ltd. changes the company name to Pilot Fountain Pen Co., Ltd
Pilot begins manufacturing ballpoint pens and continues making maki-e pens
Pilot revolutionizes the fountain pen by inventing the Capless, a fountain pen whose nib retracts completely into the barrel
Pilot establishes its American branch and reintroduces its retractable fountain pen, renaming it Vanishing Point for the American market
Pilot introduces advanced liquid ink technology with its Precise V5 and V7 products. PV5 soon leads the market as America’s #1 Selling Roller*
The parent company name is changed to Pilot Corporation
Pilot begins creating limited editions of maki-e pens, although not for sale in the United States
Pilot introduces maki-e pens in the United States under the brand name Namiki
Pilot’s Dr. Grip becomes the first truly ergonomic Writing Instrument on the market
Pilot introduces the first luxury Namiki Limited Edition pen in the U.S. - “The White Tiger of Asia” – only 300 pens are produced
Pilot puts G2 on the market – the smooth writing Gel ink pen quickly earns its place as America’s #1 Selling Gel Pen*
Pilot introduces Chinkin artistry to the United States with the Limited Edition Pheasant and Sakura pen
Pilot introduces FriXion Ball, the first pen that utilizes thermo-sensitive ink that disappears with erasing FriXion. The FriXion Light erasable highlighter was introduced in 2009.
Pilot introduces the B2P gel roller, the first pen made from recycled plastic bottles.