Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencil review4 September 2014
The Mitsubishi Hi-Uni Pencil is a wooden pencil that comes in a vast range of different grades from 10B to 10H (22 grades in all).
The finish is a gorgeous dark purple with gold lettering and trim and a black end. The hexagonal body neatly transforms into a rounded end. Everything suggests care and attention to detail.
The lead is gorgeously smooth and luscious. It’s pretty much smudge resistant and erases well.
It’s lovely to write with this 2B version and it’s also an excellent drawing pencil.
(I have the 10B, too, and it’s almost like a crayon, it’s so soft. I struggle with it myself but that’s most likely just me.)
It’s a shame about the barcode spoiling the otherwise perfect looks but I suppose that’s just a fact of life.
The wood smells absolutely wonderful and sharpens very neatly. I am sure that clutch pencils would be much more practical for drawing with but it’s the smell of pencils like this and the Tombow Mono 100 (and the Blackwings) that keep me using wooden pencils.
The Mitsubishi Hi-Uni is a wonderful pencil. I prefer the Tombow Mono 100, just, I suspect simply because I found the Tombow first. I find the Tombow to be a little more precise for drawing but that, I’m sure, is because I’m so used to it. I don’t think you can go wrong with either.