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Tombow 8900 pencil and Victorinox pen knife

Tombow 8900 pencil and Victorinox pen knife

A delightful accessory, this pen knife by Victorinox sports the colours of the Tombow 8900 pencil.

Tombow 8900 pencil and Victorinox pen knife

The 8900 is a general purpose pencil whose packaging continues to use traditional graphics.

Tombow 8900 pencil and Victorinox pen knife

What a great idea! Tombow was founded in 1913, so they have a big anniversary approaching – I’m sure we’ll see more special products from them.

7 comments to Tombow 8900 pencil and Victorinox pen knife

  • adair

    Lovely! Is it a Bundoki item?

  • Robert

    Victorinox are a very nice brand for the kind of knives they produce…I’ve always preferred them to other makers of “Swiss Army” knives. The specific choice of the 8900 is a little strange to me, though I guess I can understand if they considered its artwork and branding to be iconic and a nice retro alternative to the Mono series (and probably a lot more usable for a Victorinox knife than Kodomono or Ippo!). I picked up a set of the Tombow 8900s recently and though I do enjoy the classic box art, I didn’t really find the pencils that convincing in appearance or performance. They were good, definitely usable, but I found I preferred the Mitsubishi 9800 in both aspects, despite the wonky quotation marks.

    I always wondered why you didn’t have a deeper review of the Tombow 8900 and Mitsubishi 9800, as they are certainly popular pencils that have a rather distinct identity from the Mono and Uni brands.

  • Adair, thank you. Yes, the knife came from Bundoki.

    For some further information, Tombow’s press release is here. An online translation tools suggests the product is part of a Swiss-Japanese collaboration series, and commemorates Victorinox’s 125th anniversary. The choice of the 8900 seems to also be mentioned, but the translation tool may not be conveying the subtleties. As I read the translation, the pencil’s colour (olive) and the box were meant as symbols of post-WWII peace and reconstruction.

    Robert, yes, those pencils should be looked at. Lexikaliker had a positive review of the 9800 last year.

  • The pen knife looks fantastic. I hope the nice print will not be rubbed off easily. The reflection on the last picture makes me think there is a clear layer of paint above the print, is that true? I am asking because I have a different Victorinox pen knife on my key chain, the print rubbed off within a few months.

  • Hi memm, other than by attempting a scratch test (which I am reluctant to do), I don’t think I can visually detect if there is a separate clear layer on top. I would hope there is.

  • Memm, Penciladmin: I’ve owned two Victorinox knives in the past (both, sadly, lost in action), and even though they didn’t have a print on them, they did have a clear lacquer on the plastic part of the handles, which acted as a sort of scratch-proofing. I only found out when I dropped one of them against a stone and chipped off a small piece of the lacquer. As such, I’d be very surprised if this one didn’t have the same coating.

    I’m using a Tombow 8900 as my main writing pencil just now. I got it in with a whole bunch of other pencils I bought from Pencils.jp recently. They’re nice pencils, relatively smooth and darker than a U.S./European H.B. grade. Not on a par with the Mono 100 in terms of finish or smoothness, but easily the equal of a F–C 9000. I wonder if it’s green and called ‘8900’ to bring to mind the Castell 9000?

  • Thanks for the report, Mike. Your hypothesis about the name might be correct.

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