Mitsubishi Hi-Uni Photos

In response to a request, here are some more photos of the Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils and their packaging.

It’s a lot of packaging for a dozen pencils. The good thing is that this box seems to actually protect (as opposed to just house or congregate) the pencils. Even with several pencils removed, the remaining ones don’t roll about, due to an insert that separates the pencils. It seems much more useful for travel than just a loose pencil case.

Okay, on with the show.

Here is the green sleeve alongside the pencil box:
Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencil box.

The green sleeve has a cutout that corresponds to a degree marking on the box:
Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencil box cutout.

The box is black plastic with a clear one-third length lid that flips open:
Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencil box lid.

They’re a nice set of pencils:
Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils.

Here is Hi-Uni next to a Tombow Mono 100. Two great pencils.
Mitsubishi Hi-Uni and Tombow Mono 100.

18 Replies to “Mitsubishi Hi-Uni Photos”

  1. I just bought a dozen 2B Hi-uni pencils (my favourite hardness, although I haven’t tried the same hardness with the uni yet). I was in Japan for two weeks, and these pencils were pretty expensive (1,764¥/dozen, including tax), but no where near my favourite sharp mechanical pencils (the Pentel GraphGear 1000, 1050¥ each including tax!). A relative told me about a huge stationery store in Ginza (which is apparently 9 floors of pencils, erasers, brushes, pens, paper, etc.). What a nice place to buy all the pencils you’ve written about (I hope)!

  2. I should take some better photos – I think I’m in better control of the “macro” setting these days. :-)

    This case isn’t just retail packaging – it is solid enough to actually protect the pencils during travel, or be reused for other pencils. Mitsubishi and Tombow are the only manufacturers I’m aware of that sell their pencils in such functional cases.

  3. where can i buy some of the mitsu-bishi penci; thanks richard artist toledo ohio usa

  4. The Kinokuniya Stationery & Gift in the San Francisco Japantown sells these pencils, though, I did not see them in a box, but as separate, loose pencils. Very similar to how art pencils are sometimes sold in art supply stores. They also sell Tombow pencils there as well.

    If you happen to live near a “Japantown”, you might want to check their stationary stores if they happen to stock Mitsubishi or Tombow pencils.

  5. You can go online to Even thought the website is in Japanese, it is fairly easy to navigate, as there are pictures and some text in English. Click on the picture of a woodcase pencil on the LHS. Furthermore, on the upper RHS click on International orders Paypal for good instructions in English. They have reasonable shipping charges too!. I am not connected to thme just a very satisfied customer

  6. I just noticed that added Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils in many different grades to their selection.

  7. It’s awesome that the full range of Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils by the dozens in their classy signature pencil cases is now so readily available in the USA thanks to Jet Pens. Just received my first dozen of 3B pencils. I had pretty much given up on finding one after searching high and low ever since I saw the photos on this blog.

  8. I finally bought my first box of Hi-Uni pencils in HB, and they are everything I’d hoped they’d be. Wonderfully smooth, dark lead, and a great varnish finish.

  9. These look gorgeous! I read the article on here about the competition between the high-grade japanese pencils, and that’s what brought me to decide to purchase these. However, I can’t decide on a hardness! What I’m most concerned about is the smudginess of the lead. I know that the HB was decent, but the F and H would have less smudge, right?

    Also, don’t F and H last longer as they are harder lead?
    I would use these pencils for general writing.

    Sorry for asking this, but can someone give me some pointers on which hardness to choose? F, HB, or H.


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