Sharp’s founder, Tokuji Hayakawa, was awarded a patent for the "Tokubijo" snap buckle when he was 18 years old. On September 15, 1912, he established a small metalworking shop in Matsui-cho, Honjo, Tokyo.
In the following years Mr. Hayakawa continued to research and improve the techniques for making metal writing instruments, and in 1915, he invented a mechanical pencil that, after further improvements, would take the world by storm. In 1916, Mr. Hayakawa's mechanical pencil was named the "Ever-Ready Sharp Pencil." The present name of the company and its trademark are derived from that product.
Since the founding in 1912, Sharp Corporation has continuously innovated across many product categories with original products. The business now provides a host of market-leading B2B products including the award winning document solutions offering a full suite of multi-function printers and solutions.
By following the business creed of "Sincerity and Creativity" and being an innovator of products and services, Sharp strives to become a one-of-a-kind company that creates 21st century lifestyles, taking the customers and partners beyond individual products and their capabilities.
Among Despec’s range of Sharp products are: