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Kitaboshi Pencil Co.

Kitaboshi 9606 Writing Pencil, HB, Set of 12


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About This Product

Kitaboshi 9606 writing pencils will look familiar to Japanese pencil connoisseurs—they are quite similar in appearance to the Mitsubishi 9850. They both feature darker-than-average HB leads, and both are aimed at comfortable use for long writing sessions. The smooth lead moves freely across all kinds of paper and makes distinct marks without requiring a lot of pressure.

The Kitaboshi 9606 has its own style, though, which reflects the idiosyncrasies and passion of its small, family-owned manufacturer. Kitaboshi's choice of gold foil stamping on one side and silver on the other creates a unique look. The lacquer is a brownish maroon, darker and less red than the Mitsubishi 9850. The unusually high-quality wood used for the 9606 is also noteworthy, with lovely reddish color and pronounced grain.

The silver foil stamp on the reverse says "Academic Writing," and the 9606 would definitely be a nice choice for students. The excellent white eraser is a nice touch, and the long-lasting point means less sharpening during long lectures.

This set of 12 Kitaboshi 9606 pencils is packed in our favorite cardboard box of all time, with a sophisticated pinstripe design in black, white, and gold.

Made in Japan.

About Kitaboshi Pencil Co., Ltd.:

Manufacturing pencils in Tokyo since 1951, Kitaboshi is a fifth-generation company that celebrates the "charm and potential" of traditional wood-cased pencils.

Kitaboshi traces its roots to an early 20th century lumber processing company, which was the first supplier of domestically manufactured pencil slats. The family turned to manufacturing finished pencils during the midcentury boom in Japanese pencil production, and Kitaboshi Pencil has been making high-quality pencils ever since.

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