Pentel Mattehop Takes Top Spot In Japanese Stationery Awards

The Mattehop has been selected for the ‘Bunbouguya Taishou’ (Stationery Store Grand Prix) an annual award event held in Japan.

The Stationery Store Grand Prix is organised by Fusosha Publishing, a Japanese publishing company. The event invites stationery stores from all over Japan to serve as judges and vote for their favourite new stationery products released in the past year.

This year marks the 12th edition of the event, and the Pentel Mattehop has been chosen by the stationery professionals at the forefront of the industry to receive the highest award, the Grand Prix.

Graham Craik, director of sales (UK and Ireland) said: “Mattehop is Pentel’s latest, original and unique addition to our gel pen family, really taking gel ink to the next level. Its design is similar to that of the Hybrid Gel Pen, but the ink is very different. Its smooth, high opacity ink provides excellent coverage even on photographic and coated paper. Since we launched this product in mid-2023, Mattehop has proved to be hugely popular, especially through our independent stationery and art and craft retailers, with our vibrant and exciting POS displays.”

Above: Pentel Mattehop POS display.
Above: Pentel Mattehop POS display.

Other winners of awards included: the uni-ball one P pens for their design, featuring cute, food-inspired colours and new rose gold clips; Campus Flat Kimochii Notebook for functionality, with its flat-opening feature; and the Ukanmuri Clip for its ideal clipping strength and unique design, popular on social media.

Bungu, an online Japanese stationery retailer announced the winners in a TikTok video that has been viewed over 1.1m times and shared 33k times.

@bungustore The 2024 Japanese stationery awards announced their top four products. The uni-ball one P pens won the design award. They are known for their cute look, smooth writing, and food-inspired colors like grape, orange, and banana. The collection recently added four new versions, including two with rose gold clips. The Campus Flat Kimochii Notebook received the functionality award. It can open flat, making it easier to write and photograph notes. The company took three years to develop this practical notebook. The Ukanmuri Clip earned the idea award for its ideal clipping strength for books and notebooks. Its unique and cute design became popular on Japanese social media. The grand award went to the Pentel Mattehop pens, the best Japanese stationery of 2024. These pens work like mini graphic markers and produce a matte finish, perfect for writing on photos and dark surfaces, making them great for decorations. #writing #studying #stationery ♬ original sound – bungu.store

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