Laban has been around since 1981 this Taiwan based company has created a line of quality Pens At the beginning of Laban's founding, John and his team built a stable foundation by applying OEM manufacturing to make high-quality silver-plated and rhodium-plated writing instruments. created the special hollow carving technique, and launched the filigree series. Laban became recognized as one of the foremost OEM suppliers and a world-famous pen brands. eventually, john started pursuing his dream ─ to own a brand instead of OEM. These high quality pens are made from metal and acrylics, with steel nibs , and are piston filled. These Pens are for wordsmithing, hand lettering, writing, calligraphy, drawing, and art.