This pencil is really special and rather hard to find, even in its home country of Japan. It's a Kohitsu Shosha pencil, a type of pencil which is distinctly Japanese. They're made with a thicker than usual graphite core that is also much softer than your average writing pencil. The function is to improve penmanship and especially to practice calligraphy. The size and softness of the core mimic what it's like to write with a brush -- except it's all erasable.
These pencils come in two different hardnesses, both of which are a little soft for general writing for most pencil users. They're great for drawing and practicing your calligraphy or hand-lettering!
Steeped in history and fiercely dedicated to innovation, Tombow Pencil Company is one of Japan’s leading writing instrument makers. They got their start in 1913 as a pencil manufacturer and adopted their current brand name, which means “dragonfly” in Japanese, in the 1920s. In addition to pencils, they’ve become recognized for their Mono erasers, which just might be the most recognizable plastic eraser in the world.
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