Kunio Kato and the Staedtler Mars Lumograph 80th Anniversary edition

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 80th Anniversary edition, with illustration by Kunio Kato

The 2010 Academy Awards are just a couple of weeks away. Last year, we noticed that Japanese Animator Kunio Kato won the Oscar for Best Animated Short. A notable acceptance speech included giving thanks to his pencil.

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 80th Anniversary edition, with illustration by Kunio Kato

It looks like Kato has not gone unappreciated by legendary pencil manufacturer Staedtler. To honour the 80th anniversary of the Mars Lumograph, Staedtler has issued a special set of pencils in a tin that features an illustration by the animator. As well as Staedtler, ROBOT (Kato’s firm) has a copyright notice on the package.

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 80th Anniversary edition, with illustration by Kunio Kato

These Lumograph 100s are also special for pencil users because they are unsharpened versions!

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 80th Anniversary edition, with illustration by Kunio Kato

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 80th Anniversary edition, with illustration by Kunio Kato

The core widths vary considerably with the pencil’s degree.

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 80th Anniversary edition, with illustration by Kunio Kato

11 Replies to “Kunio Kato and the Staedtler Mars Lumograph 80th Anniversary edition”

  1. Pretty neat item. Wonder if they will be easy to find stateside. Of course it is not like I really need another tin of pencils that I would not be inclined to use and would likely remain in pristine condition.

  2. The mix of pencil grades is different to the “normal” set. Instead of having one pencil each, from 8B to 2H, the Kunio Kato set has 1x8B, 1x6B, 1x4B, 1x3B, 2x2B, 2xB, 2xHB, 1xH, 1x4H. I hope this set will be available outside Japan.

  3. The grades memm mentioned are probably the best selection for a set like this. The idea that you keep one of each and replace it as it goes is a bit romantic. Pencils tend to disappear!

    I really like the case though, but I’d just forget to put them back in. My favourite thing about Mars Lumographs is you can see the pencil grade from 360 degrees. Great for storing in a pencil tub.

  4. I got one of these for my birthday (standard edition) and have never used them. Being a drafting student, I know the value of these pencils…the best I probably will ever use (I tried out a friend’s B grade pencil).

  5. I just bought your Lumocolor fine point pens, I mostly use the black one and I love it! It is so smooth and so far I have had any trouble using it over a few different mediums! I am going back to the store to see if I can just purchase the Lumocolor black fine point pen.

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