The other week I was in the City to do some sketching and realised I didn’t have a graphite pencil in my kit. So I headed to Kinokunyia and found a very cool simple mechanical pencil by Kokuyo – Enpitsu sharp mechanical pencil with a 1.3mm lead. (Some of you might have noticed me using it last week in my step-by-step article of the Carcoar cottage.)
I bought a white one (with a 2B lead) and a red one (with a red lead). And the next week I went back to get two more. 🙂
Note: The red pencil has been especially useful for me in recent weeks as I am doing some professional workshops for a local Interior Design firm and coloured lead is really handy for preliminary lines when I do technical perspective drawings.
I just love the simple design and the fact that its shape is modeled on a classic wood pencil. It makes it easy to change my grip as the barrel is smooth and there is no clip. I also like how light the pencil is.
Yes, it would be better if the barrel could hold more leads but one spare is enough for me. And this system is so cool – no fiddling with caps and erasers.
Although 0.9mm and 1.3mm are not standard thicknesses there are a few other options available that I might explore down the track.
Lastly, one issue that has been difficult for me over the years is finding a graphite pencil that is easy to spot in my pen holder that lives in the front pocket of my bag. For example, you can see in this photo that it’s hard to distinguish the Faber Castell 9000 pencil from the Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils.
These Kokuyo pencils are the best pencils I’ve ever tried in this regard! It’s a simple thing but every time I open the front pocket to get a graphite pencil I smile to myself because these pencils stand out.
So all up – a fun pencil that I’m enjoying using at the moment.