|Founder 👔||Taizo Okagaki|
|Headquarters 🏙️||Oita, Japan|
Area served 🗺️
|Products 📟||Writing Instruments|
Number of employees
Wancher is a fountain pen company from Japan. Wancher is known for their premium fountain pen with Japanese art such as Urushi and Maki-e. The company also produces writing instruments and stationery accessories, but is best known for its fountain pens.
Founded by Taizo Okagaki in 1987, the company was first a fountain pen retailer named Engeika which sold many Japanese fountain pens overseas. After years of selling fountain pens, Taizo Okagaki started making his own fountain pens and created brand Wancher.
In 2018, Wancher started a project on Kickstarter called Dream Pen. By 1 March, the project had reached funds of around 2,200,000 JPY for three fountain pen models which are made from Ebonite with Japanese traditional arts. Wancher's main fountain pen collection is Dream Pen including Japanese fountain pens with traditional arts such as Urushi and Maki-e.
Besides fountain pens, Wancher also makes ballpoint pens, pen cases, and other pen accessories such as pen pillow and fountain pen ink. In 2018, Wancher was featured on Japan Finance Corporation Magazine as one of three outstanding company of Japanese-quality-standard. The magazine title is Made in Japan.
The most famous collection of Wancher is Dream Pen with three models:
- True Ebonite fountain pen
- True Urushi fountain pen
- True Maki-e fountain pen
Wancher is also known for their Japan-patented Glass Nib fountain pen called Shizuku pen. This is a pen with glass nib but it is compatible with a fountain pen converter so the ink converter can connect and supply the ink directly to glass nib. The glass nib fountain pen was released in Japan in 2018.
In their leather pen case line, the 13 slot pen case is the most noticeable one which allows to store up to 13 pens in one case.
- List of pen types, brands and companies
- Japanese Arts
- Japan Finance Corporation
- Fountain Pen Ink
- Ballpoint pens
Notes and references
- "fabcross". 日本の伝統工芸が光る——総エボナイト製プレミアム万年筆「Dream Pen」. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- "kaigaitenkai_zireisyu" (PDF). Made in Japan. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- "昭和の「ガラス万年筆」復活 女性ターゲット、海外販売も 大分の企業｜【西日本新聞ニュース】". 西日本新聞ニュース. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- "賞味文具【003期】贈禮文具". 趣味の文具箱. Japan: 賞味文具編輯部. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- Wancher, the corporate site
- Kickstarter Dream Pen Project
- Made in Japan 世界へ Magazine
- Wancher Fountain Pen
- Shizuku pen
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