Brand: Tombow Pencil Co.
Made in: Japan
The gallery picture shows three generations of the 8900. The top pencil has much writing in Japanese and clearly the oldest. The bottom two show the front and reverse of the same pencil (which is for sale here). The JIS mark indicates this pencil was made pre-2008. (Read more about vintage Japanese pencils on the BNP blog!)
This Japanese company was founded in 1913 and is still manufacturing fine writing instruments nearly 110 years later.
According to their website, “Tombow (tonbo) means “dragonfly” in Japanese and was often referred to as akizu/akitsu in ancient times. Since Japan was called Akitsu shima (dragonfly island in English) in the past, the name of the company also represents our desire to represent Japan's stationery industry.”