Once a year, around this time, I have to restock on pencils. This year my graphite craving was instantly satisfied by this box of 12 pencils by Tombow.
Beautiful to look at with its vintage inspired packaging but also rich in heritage so it is ticking all the boxes for me.
Tombow begun life as "Harunosuke", named after the founder and established itself as a pencil manufacturer in Taisho era Japan (1913). Since then, Tombow has become internationally renowned for producing artist and writing instruments of quality. For me though, Tombow will always be synonymous with good pencils and erasers.
My set of pencils is a special edition reproduction of the 1928 Tombow Drawing Pencil which is the root of the much loved Tombow 100 regarded by many to be the one of the bets pencils ever made.
The packaging is stunning with it's nostalgic evocation of the dawn of Japan's Showa era.
The pencil has a dark lead that imparts a lovely contrast when used and has a great balance to allow for seamless nuances when shading, not too soft of too hard.
I keep my pencils in a wrap case that I made myself using Japanese fabric on the outside and lined with organic medium weight cotton. The case does up with a micro-suede cord rather than leather so it is washable.
These are available in my shop: |Stranger London|
The pencils are available in UK from:
|Cult Pens| and |Choosing Keeping|.