This lightweight but durable ballpoint pen is made by OHTO in Japan, a company with more than 80 years of history in the making of high quality writing instruments. In fact, OHTO manufactured the first ballpoint pens in that country in 1949. The Horizon features a hexagonal shaped aluminum barrel designed to keep the pen from rolling off your desk, which gradually becomes more cylindrical near the tip for the user's writing comfort. A push on the top button extends the pen tip; to retract it, simply push the small button on the side of the barrel, and enjoy that satisfying "click." The proprietary needle point tip provides an exceptionally smooth and consistent flow of ink for pleasurable writing, making the Horizon an ideal daily pen.