Micro Graphite 9800 Pencil - 2B
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Mitsubishi Pencil Company was founded in 1887, and this is their oldest still-manufactured pencil. The 9800 has long been Mitsubishi's starter-level multi-grade writing pencil though it's anything but ordinary. It's marked as being for general writing though we think it's great for drawing too. In Japan not all writing pencils are expected to be a #2/HB as many favor softer pencils like this one.
In the first half of the 20th century, Japanese pencils were labeled with their intended use because of regulations set to monitor the prices pencils were being sold for. Pencils designated for certain uses were meant to have certain characteristics and qualities that were consistent with other brands and reflected in their price. Though this isn't used anymore, the designations are still included in most pencil designs.
Made in Japan
Measures 7" long
We measure the characteristics of the pencils we sell against a General's Semi-Hex #2, which is the pencil we consider to be a good quality pencil of true HB/#2 hardness, similar to that of most American #2 pencils. The swatch in this product listing reflects that.