The idea came in 1928 - the perfect writing instrument. One that would write evenly, make carbon copies, and not drip or blot. No small matter in the pre-ballpoint era! The result was an ink pen that used a tube instead of a nib - and the innovative Rotring Tiku or Inkograph became a byword for precision writing. Since then the meeting of writing and drawing challenges through innovation has become the hallmark of the Rotring company. In 1950 a dialogue with draftsmen and designers gave rise to the idea of further developing the Tiku tubular tip to create the world's first technical pen - the original Rotring Rapidograph. It was refillable, created precise sharp-edged lines and had a capillary ink feed that gave a consistently smooth flow of ink. It set the standard, and indeed became synonymous with technical drawing.
Over the years the Rotring Rapidograph was followed by many other drawing products. Functionality and technical perfection make Rotring drawing instruments symbols for quality and precision. They continue on in the tradition laid down by founder Wilhelm Riepe back in 1928.