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Mono 5B

Brand: Tombow Pencil Co.

Made in: Japan

Standard Mono 5B with JIS is now available for purchase here. Want one?


Two special lines on these.  This Mono 5B has the

Characters on the reverse translation:  middle line of kanji

“For the use in pen copying”
but it needs explanation of background.
The government issues official certificates to
people who pass official exams in which they are required to
hand-copy a printed material either by brush (of calligraphy) or
by some kind of pen (fountain pen, pencil, ball-point pen, etc.)
This pencil says it fits the use in the exam of the latter.
The lead will be thicker then the normal Mono 5B.(specially made)

Also made exclusively for the Society for Penmanship Education in Wakayama Prefecture(longer line of Kanji).

About Tombow Pencil Co.

This Japanese company was founded in 1913 and is still manufacturing fine writing instruments nearly 110 years later.

According to their website, “Tombow (tonbo) means “dragonfly” in Japanese and was often referred to as akizu/akitsu in ancient times. Since Japan was called Akitsu shima (dragonfly island in English) in the past, the name of the company also represents our desire to represent Japan's stationery industry.”