Muji’s pencils 4


This week I had a quick look at Manchester’s Muji store, where I found wood cased pencils and a desktop pencil sharpener.

Manchester used to have a bigger Muji store, but it closed down, maybe about ten years ago. We now only have a smaller Muji store in Selfridges.

Manchester’s Muji didn’t have these pencils and the sharpener earlier this year1, but it could be that bigger stores were stocking these products for a while already.

Muji's pencils and sharpener

Muji’s pencils and sharpener

I didn’t buy them, just because Japanese pencils in HB can be to soft for my style of writing (I want a fine point that lasts) and for the kind of paper I use (normal paper). An example of this would be Tombow’s Drawing pencil in HB. I thought Muji’s 2B pencils are most likely too soft for me so I didn’t want to buy them and then end up not using them.

The pens left of the pencils seem very similar to OHTO Tasche pens.

  1. They used to sell wood cased coloured pencils, though. []

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4 thoughts on “Muji’s pencils

  • Koralatov

    I bought the HB Muji pencils on eBay a few years ago, and liked them a lot. You’re right that they’re very soft though; the HB was very smooth but softer even than the Tombow HB. I liked writing with them and went through the half-dozen I had quite quickly.

    The pencil sharpener appears to be quite new as it only recently appeared on Muji’s website. I like its plain looks, but suspect it’s made from plastic. Does it come with a desk-clamp? Muji’s site remains terrible for supplying anything beyond the most basic of descriptions.

  • Matthias

    Thank you for your comment.

    Good to know they are soft, even the HB, now I am sure I did the right thing by not buying them.

    The sharpener looks nice, it certainly has that Muji look. I didn’t unpack one, but it seemed to be plastic. I didn’t notice a desk clamp or the kind of hole sharpeners usually have to attach a desk clamp, but I didn’t have a close look. One reason is that there was no UK price, only a Japanese price (1000 JPY, so based on their usual “Muji exchange rate” I guess it will be £10 -£12), the other reason was that I don’t think I need another desktop sharpener as my desk is so full.

    By the way, thank you for introducing me to Field Notes a few years ago. I am still using the ones you sent me. This weekend I bought some more, but the ones you sent have the best paper for pencils of the Field Notes I have tried so far.