Love this lead holder! I have a couple of Staedtlers that I've always found to be "okay," but I really love the simplicity of this wooden beauty. I particularly like that it clutches as it extends the lead, so that it is released in small amounts with each click, instead of just free-floating when I hold down the knock button. I got the one without the clip, and when I order more, at least one of them will have a clip for easy wearing in my pocket. I use this for sketching, and ultimately want one for each lead hardness that I use.
Kita-boshi Pencil Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of pencils and drawing equipment located in Tokyo, is notable for its green approach of recycling sawdust into new quality products.