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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.

1915
Ryosuki Namiki of Japan leaves his job as a professor and founds a small factory near Tokyo to produce gold pen nibs

1916

Namiki expands his product line and becomes a full-fledged manufacturer of writing instruments
1918
Masao Wada joins Namiki in business, forming the Namiki Manufacturing Company Ltd. The name "Pilot" is selected as the trade name

1925
Namiki Manufacturing patents a process to apply lacquer on the bodies of pens to protect them from scratching and fading. The company begins to mbellish their pens using the centuries-old art form of maki-e. Fifty full-time lacquer artists are employed

1926
Namiki Manufacturing opens branches in New York, London, Shanghai and Singapore and begins advertising

1927
Alfred H. Dunhill is fascinated by the beauty of the Namiki pens and sells them in his stores in Paris

1928
Alfred Dunhill Limited becomes a distributor of the maki-e decorated pens and pencils in Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada, South America and Spain

1930
Alfred Dunhill obtains worldwide rights to distribute all Namiki manufactured goods, exclusive of Japan, China and the U.S.

1938
Namiki Manufacturing Company Ltd. changes the company name to Pilot Fountain Pen Co., Ltd

1961
Pilot begins manufacturing ballpoint pens and continues making maki-e pens

1964
Pilot revolutionizes the fountain pen by inventing the Capless, a fountain pen whose nib retracts completely into the barrel

1972
Pilot establishes its American branch and reintroduces its retractable fountain pen, renaming it Vanishing Point for the American market

1985
Pilot introduces advanced liquid ink technology with its Precise V5 and V7 products. PV5 soon leads the market as America’s #1 Selling Roller*

1989
The parent company name is changed to Pilot Corporation

1990
Pilot begins creating limited editions of maki-e pens, although not for sale in the United States

1994
Pilot introduces maki-e pens in the United States under the brand name Namiki

1995
Pilot’s Dr. Grip becomes the first truly ergonomic Writing Instrument on the market

1996
Pilot introduces the first luxury Namiki Limited Edition pen in the U.S. - “The White Tiger of Asia” – only 300 pens are produced

1997
Pilot puts G2 on the market – the smooth writing Gel ink pen quickly earns its place as America’s #1 Selling Gel Pen*

2006
Pilot introduces Chinkin artistry to the United States with the Limited Edition Pheasant and Sakura pen

2008
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.

2010
Pilot introduces the B2P gel roller, the first pen made from recycled plastic bottles. www.pilotpen.com Pilot Pen PNG 320x91 logo