The writing instrument brand “ZOOM”, which advocates creative writing, has undergone a complete rebranding (reconstruction of the brand). Aiming to be a “contemporary design pen from Japan”, from February 17th, 2023(1), new style, limitless writing instruments in 3 categories/7 products that fuse Japanese technology and sensibility will be rolled out sequentially at ZOOM dealers(2) in major cities nationwide.
(1): Rolled out to stores sequentially. Please contact the store listed on the ZOOM brand site for the release date.
(2): ZOOM Dealer: https://www.zoom-japan.com/shop/
Launching are: a retractable ultra-low viscosity ballpoint pen (0.5/0.7mm ball) and a retractable mechanical pencil “ZOOM C1” (suggested retail price 7,700 JPY/7,000 JPY excluding tax/photo left; a cap-type water-based gel ballpoint pen (black/blue-black ink) “ZOOM L1” (suggested retail price 4,400 JPY/4,000 JPY excluding tax/photo center); a retractable ultra-low viscosity oil based ballpoint pen and retractable mechanical pencil “ZOOM L2” (suggested retail price 3,520 JPY/3,200 JPY excluding tax/photo right) 3 categories, 7 products, 33 product numbers.
ZOOM brand site https://www.zoom-japan.com/
The New ZOOM brand concept is as follows.
Open Air Knock ZOOM C1
Retractable oil-based ballpoint pen black ink 0.5mm ball 7,700 JPY tax included
Retractable oil-based ballpoint pen black ink 0.7mm ball 7,700 JPY tax included
Retractable mechanical pencil 0.5 mm lead 7,700 JPY tax included
Although the pen has a streamlined, universal shape, the knock part appears to float 3.5 mm above the body. In fact the body and the knock part are joined with a black die-cast clip. When knocked movement is transmitted to the main body mechanism via the clip. The glossy duralumin and matte die-cast light and shadow creates the illusion that the knock part (tail plug) is floating in air. ZOOM expresses this as “open air knock”
The body is constructed from high strength A2017 duralumin used for building materials and aerospace equipment parts. A lightweight 21.3g (ballpoint pen) that puts less strain on your writing hand. Machined duralumin maintains its beautiful form for many years without compromising the strength of the material. Due to its high rigidity this material is difficult to process and is rarely used in writing instruments. The surface is anodized to enhance corrosion resistance, and it always feels fresh and dry. The clip is made of die-cast zinc to resist breakage.
Three body colors are available. For Sand Silver (photo above) a non-mechanical, silver color with a warm feel and sense of closeness to the living body was sought. Full Black aimed for a jet black, achromatic sense of presence. Graphite Blue is a bluish lead color reminiscent of the traditional indigo color. Each color is natural toning unique to Japan that is neither primary nor metallic. Duralumin is a material that is difficult to work with but by repeated delicate color adjustments a texture was achieved.
【Ballpoint pen refill 0.5 mm/BR-ZKE33, 0.7 mm/BR-ZK33】
Ballpoint pen refills BR-ZKE33 and BR-ZK33 are newly developed products that are especially tuned for this product. To ensure a stable writing line width and smooth and precise writing the ball seat inside the tip was expanded by 102%* compared to our conventional products. Because the seat is wide the ball does not come off from the seat regardless of the writing angle; the amount of ink discharged is stable so a constant line width is always maintained. Since oil-based ballpoint pens are versatile, we have tuned them so that the line width does not change depending on how you write, and that the feeling of writing is not impaired.
Body size: diameter 6.1mm, total length 110mm/weight 2g/ stainless tip/ink volume: 0.3g/suggested retail price 330 JPY including tax *Compatible with ZOOM L1 refill.
*Compared to conventional products manufactured by Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd.
Ballpoint pen: Maximum width 16.2mm/body maximum diameter 11.8mm(excluding clip) x total length 139.2mm(refill retracted), weight 21.3g (including refill)
Mechanical pencil: maximum width 16.2mm/body maximum diameter 11.8mm(excluding clip) x total length 143.7mm, weight 21.8g
Multiple Depths, Transparent ZOOM L1
Cap-type water-based gel ink ballpoint pen black ink 0.5mm ball 4,400 JPY tax included
Cap-type water-based gel ink ballpoint pen Blue-black ink 0.5mm ball 4,400 JPY tax included
Body alternates between transparent and opaque depending on the lighting and angle. Silver body is overlaid with a highly transparent DURABIO™ (Mitsubishi Chemical Co., Ltd.)* outer layer for a frosted glass-like matte finish. As a result the silver body creates patterns and light reflected from the body merges with the DURABIO™ to create an illusion of a thick body. The charm of this product is the ever-changing silhouette. Cap is made of lightweight aluminum and attaches to the body tail for a low center of gravity and smooth writing. The crown aims for a higher degree of harmony by adding a slightly undulating waveform.
*DURABIO™ is a bio-engineered plastic. Along with features such as high transparency and excellent optical properties, it has excellent scratch resistance and impact resistance. It is also used as an alternative to glass.
【Color】Was developed in two major color pallets. Main colors are Calm Silver, Full Black and Graphite Blue (photo above). Trendy colors are Matte Blue, Matte Brown and Matt Gray. A total of 6 colors.
【Water-based gel ballpoint pen refill 0.5 mm/BN-ZKE】
Ballpoint pen refill BN-ZKE is a newly developed product that has been specifically tuned for this product. The ball seat inside the tip has been reduced to 93%* compared to our previous model in order to ensure writing lines that have the intonation of a fountain pen. Since the seat is narrow, the ball is not on the seat surface when the writing lowered down, so the amount of ink discharged is increased. For this reason richly expressive writing is made possible by tilting the writing angle or slowing down the writing speed to thicken the writing line. The ink is a highly permeable water-based gel ink and has been tuned so that writing with both strength and beauty can be obtained in a synergistic effect with the tip mechanism. It also dries quickly.
Body size: maximum width 6.1 x total length 110mm/weight 2 g/stainless tip/ink volume: 0.6 g/Suggested retail price 330 JPY including tax *Compatible with ZOOM C1 refills.
*Compared to conventional products manufactured by Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd.
Water-based gel ink ballpoint pen: maximum width 18.3mm/body maximum diameter 13.3mm, grip diameter 10.3mm(at narrowest point), cap diameter 13.3mm (excluding clip)/total length 140.0mm /weight 22.0 g (including refill)
Engaging to touch, even if you don’t want to write. ZOOM L2
Retractable oil-based ballpoint pen black ink 0.5mm ball 3,520 JPY tax included
Retractable mechanical pencil 0.5mm core 3,520 JPY (tax included)
Features a surprisingly moist like feel carefully tanned leather that is unexpected for pens. Barrel is covered with the soft-feel coating “Neolabasan™” (Musashi Paint Co., Ltd.). A soothing effect that makes you want to touch even if you don’t want to write.
An inverted conical knock bar stands poised on a smooth and elegant triangular body. The delicate tapers are fascinating and has the opposite impact from the moist texture. Knock bar neck is linked to the neck of the nib.
Light grayish tones other than black. Enjoy the slight color variations. Colors are Matte Silver, Matte Full Black (photo above), Matte White, Matte Blue, Matte Gray, and Matte Lavender.
【Ballpoint pen refill 0.5mm/BR-ZVE33】
(Basic design is the same as the ZOOM C1 refill BR-ZKE33)
Body size: maximum width 2.3 x total length 67mm/weight 1 g/stainless steel tip/ink volume: 0.2 g Suggested retail price 330 JPY including tax
Ballpoint pen: maximum width 11.8mm/body maximum diameter 10.0mm (excluding clip) x total length 138.8mm (refill retracted), weight 13.7g
Mechanical pencil: maximum width 11.8mm/body maximum diameter 10.0mm (excluding clip) x total length 139.9mm, weight 12.2g
ZOOM established in 1986
ZOOM Award History
|2018||ZOOM Ying Samon||Red Dot Design Award|
|2018||ZOOM Ying Hashi||Red Dot Design Award|
|2006||ZOOM 414||iF Design Award|
|2006||ZOOM 414||Red Dot Design Award|
|2004||ZOOM 727||iF Design Award|
|1994||ZOOM ESPANA||iF Design Award|
|1994||ZOOM ESPANA||Baden-Württemberg International Design Award|
|1994||ZOOM ESPANA||Design Plus Award|
|1994||ZOOM V472||Design Plus Award|
|1993||ZOOM OCEANIC||Design Plus Award|
|1989||ZOOM 515||Red Dot Design Innovation (Current Red Dot Award)|
|1990||ZOOM 707||Baden-Württemberg International Design Award|
|1989||ZOOM 707||Design Plus Award|
|1988||ZOOM 707||Red Dot Design Innovation (Current Red Dot Award)|
|1988||ZOOM 707||Red Dot Best of the Best Award|
|1989||ZOOM 858||Red Dot Design Innovation (Current Red Dot Award)|
ZOOM is designed, manufactured and sold by Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd.
“ZOOM” is a registered trademark of Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd.