Tombow 8900 Pencils

£2.50

Definitely a Japanese design classic beyond the field of stationery - these pencils even have their own nickname "Hachi-Kyu" ("Eight-Nine" in Japanese)! Tombow released the model in 1945 as a premium "retouching pencil", thus avoiding price restrictions set for regular pencils - each one costing a hefty 30 Sen back then  (though not as expensive as German imports which were sold for 60 sen) Unfortunately for little Hachi-Kyu, its imprint "Highest Quality" was dropped and downgraded  to "High quality" after the introduction of the - also emblematic - Mono pencil in 1963. 

In our eyes, this pencil undeserving of its demotion, is very special - in particular because of its box, virtually unchanged over the decades, boldly featuring the company's namesake Dragonfly insect, or in Japanese Tombow.

12 pencils to a box
Available in HB, and 2B grades