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The MONO brand was born in 1963.
The launch of our top ranked high quality MONO pencil marked the beginning of the brand.
The brand name MONO originates from the Greek word “monos” whose meanings include “only” and “unique”.
The name characterizes the innovative pencil lead containing 8 billion particles per square millimeter created in a project launched for the improvement of pencil leads in 1949.
The initial logo has a cross section of hexagonal pencil.
The eraser initially came with pencils as a free gift.
In 1967 Tombow released MONO 100, the highest quality MONO pencil, to commemorate its 55th anniversary.
MONO 100 has the touch, strength, and depth that match Tombow’s ideal features. One plastic eraser, a very rare item at that time, was included in the box of a dozen of pencils to demonstrate its ability to completely erase pencil marks.
This eraser gained popularity for its superb erasing performance. After many requests were made for the MONO easer to be sold, Tombow decided to sell the eraser separately on its own.
Plastic eraser provided with the high quality MONO 100
The birth of MONO Eraser.
In 1969 the MONO Eraser in a tricolor sleeve of blue, white, and black was launched.
The tri-color flag design was intended to draw attention to the little eraser.
The beautiful and memorable stripe design, which has not changed for over 50 years, has become an icon of erasers used by many people in Japan as well as the rest of the world.
The unique MONO series, including the MONO eraser, is in a constant state of evolution o keep pace with the changing times while reflecting the original concept of being the one and only pencil and eraser.
The product line has been expanded and currently includes correction tape and other writing instruments.
MONO collaboration products
A variety of products have been developed in collaboration with MONO Eraser, popular and used nationwide.
|The strip pattern in blue, white and black of MONO registered as “a trademark consisting only of colors”
Launch of MONO correction tape
The MONO brand launched correction tape in 1991.Correction tape quickly gained popularity for its convenient features that allow easy, clean, and quick correction compared to correction fluid.
The largest share of the sales of correction tape in Japan (FY2019)
Long Life Design Award winner
MONO Eraser won the Good Design Long Life Design Award in 2011.
MONO Eraser has been established as the most-used eraser in Japan.
Launch of the Mono Graph series
The mechanical pen with MONO Eraser Mono Graph came to market in 2014. The writing and erasing performance of high quality and precision unique to the MONO brand in one has made the series popular. Multi-function pens are also available now.
Registered as the first color trademark in Japan
In 2017, MONO’s three-color pattern consisting of blue, white, and black was registered as the first trademark consisting only of colors in Japan.
The MONO Eraser in a three-colored sleeve without the logo is also available to be used in exams.The pattern is recognizable to anyone even without the logo.