Established in 1928, Rotring radicalised the pen manufacturing industry during the Bauhaus Movement with the début of the first ever nib-less pen, known globally by fanatics as the "Tinku".
Throughout the decades they have continued to break the boundaries of traditional pen and pencil design, inventing unconventional drawing and writing tools, idolized around the world for their versatile and innovative features. To this day, Rotring maintains the ability to create products with special attributes, such as integrated sharpener caps and retractable stylus features, which can be utilised without the user having to rotate the instrument.
Rotring products contain unique qualities, offering features such as the cushioned lead mechanisms in their mechanical pencils, which absorb pressure and prevent lead breakages. Rotring pens are equally innovative, with a series of fine quality nibs and cartridges, which breathe life into the art of design, calligraphy and writing. With a Rotring instrument in hand, there is no limit to what you can achieve.
This History of Rotring Pens
1928 - Rotring is formed and the first nibless fountain pen is unveiled, commonly known as the Tiku.
1930 - The Modernism movement in writing-instrument design continued to evolve with the introduction of new technologies across Western Europe.
1931 - The first patent for a rOtring ink pen with tubular nib was granted, meaning writing instruments no longer needed a huge space on a desk. From this, a new era of flexibility was born.
1932 - The "Riepe Werke" exported the Tiku pen to 34 countries around the globe. With this, they become the go-to writing instrument of the 1930s.
1935 - The first rotring Multipen was launched - the first “4-colour-pen” with graphite leads and a handy twist mechanism to operate. The Multipen allowed for variations of color with the simplicity of just one tool.
1945 - The founder’s son Helmut Riepe enters the company bringing young blood to rOtring.
1953 - The Rotring Rollerpen and the “Tiku-Kuli” ballpen became key writing instrument innovations of the 1950’s.
1955 - The second generation of the rotring “Rollkuli"" with an innovative designed tip was debuted to those that supported the brand.
1958 - The Variant and the Varioscript, the second generation of technical pens, are launched. Both are immediate successes.
1967 - The first rOtring drawing set including compasses and stencils were launched.
1974 - rOtring established new branches across Europe, including Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Belgium.
1976 - The Isograph is added to the rOtring technical ink pen range. The patented grip contact ensured it was comfortable to handle, heightening user experience.
1978 - rOtring started to diversify into graphic data processing, with the main emphasis on cartography, lettering and electronics.
1979 - The first rOtring Tikky fine-lead mechanical pencil is launched!
1986 - The new global trademark for rOtring plotter pen systems was launched - Rapidoplot. It quickly became the worldwide brand for rOtring plotter accessories.
The rOtring ArtPen - a calligraphy fountain pen - debuts.
1992 - The characteristics of the first rOtring Tikky mechanical pencils were successfully transferred to fountain pens and ballpoints, launching the feather-light metal 400 series writing instruments.
1994 - Every year from 1994 – 2000, a new ArtPen Millennium limited edition was launched as a collector’s item, presented as both signs of the times and objects of art.
1995 - The rOtring XONOX was launched; a roller-point with needlepoint tip and free-flowing ink.
1997 - Tikky II, the second generation of the world-famous Tikky, was launched with great success.
2000 - rOtring core, debuted as the ultimate cult object.
2005 - rOtring presented the new developments in compass design - its compact series combined functionality with a pleasing form.
2006 - The new rOtring Esprit Special Edition was launched. The range introduced a unique finish with an stunning pattern.
2014 - The rOtring 800+ was introduced. As the first mechanical pencil and stylus hybrid design, it was intended for use on paper and touchscreens. The 800+ was created to enable designers to “Think on paper + Think on digital”.