Tombow Mono 100 is the...
December 25, 2014
Tombow Mono 100 is the highest graphite pencil line from one of the two
legendary premium Japanese pencil brands (the other would be Mitsubishi Hi-Uni),
and it's packaged accordingly in an outstanding plastic case with a hinged lid.
The pencils themselves feature a thick black varnish coat with the unique white
vertical stripe on its endcap. In my experience, Tombow pencil leads tend to be
slightly darker and Mitsubishi leads tends to be a bit more smudge-resistant for
the same graphite grade. Yet both premium brands feature superior graphite leads
that glide smoothly on the paper surface without a hint of scratchiness. "F"
grade pencils have the darkness of "HB" pencils with the strength and point
retention of "H" pencils. Thus they are a natural choice for writing and taking
notes. I like sketching with "F" pencils, because I find that I do not have to
sharpen them as often as softer grades. Their sharp points last longer without
breaking. Cheap pencil points often break and crumble under pressure or write
very faintly. An artist pencil should have perfectly centered leads, sharpen
well, resist breakage, feature consistent darkness for its graphite grade, and
glide effortlessly on most papers. I do not my want my creative process to be
interrupted by a poor quality lead that breaks for no reason, crumble under
pressure, or pencil points that frustratingly keep breaking when trying to
sharpen them. If you like to draw with the very best tools available, you should
certainly experience the performance of the Tombow Mono 100 pencils in your