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What is Artline?

Artline is a line of products developed by Shachihata, a stationery manufacturer established in 1925 in Japan. The starting point for the brand was focused on the development of a stamp pad that became so popular where it leads to the genericized trademark for all such products. The advanced ink technologies that grew out of the development of the stamp pads were used to create a line of markers in 1954 that are now the brand’s flagship products.


Zebra Co., Ltd. (ゼブラ株式会社 Zebura Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese manufacturer of writing instruments. The company sells a wide range of pens, pencils, mechanical pencils, highlighters through retail stores, wholesalers and mail order. In the years since its establishment, Zebra has built a solid reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality writing instruments. The company now offers a line of superior writing instruments that include ball point pens, gel pens, roller ball pens, fountain pens, mechanical pencils and highlighters.


AKASHIYA is the largest brush manufacturer in Japan with some 380 years of history, having been founded in the Mid Edo Period. While honoring our traditions, we also develop new products for a new age and have worked hard to bring the touch of traditional Japanese calligraphy to people around the world. Today, the company produce between 2 and 3 million calligraphy pens a year. We also export our products to Southeast Asia, Europe, and the USA, and are seeing how the traditions, styles, and elegance of Japan are being understood and appreciated abroad.