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10 Best Tried and True Japanese Mechanical Pencils in 2022 (Stationery Expert-Reviewed)

Mechanical pencils are one of the most frequently used tools for writing. Unlike pens, you can erase your writing with mechanical pencils, making them great for students and even some professions. Unlike regular pencils, they don't need to be sharpened, just refilled with lead. Japanese stationery companies such as Pentel, Mitsubishi Pencil, and Pilot have come out with a wide variety of mechanical pencils, and there are also unique choices like Orens Nero, Kuru Toga, and Dr. Grip. On top of that, recently, mechanical pencils designed for drawing and precision models and high-end mechanical pencils that use fine 0.3mm lead are trending, so how can you determine the best one for you?

To figure this out, we ordered the 35 of the top-selling Japanese mechanical pencils on e-commerce sites popular in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten Market, and Yahoo! Shopping, and tested them all:

We tested each product for the following:

  1. Grip comfort
  2. Usability
  3. Lead durability

We then ranked the 10 best Japanese mechanical pencils based on the results of our tests. We'll also give you tips on how to choose a Japanese mechanical pencil that's best for you.

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Hiroki Teranishi
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  • Last updated: 06-14-2022
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Why Consider a Japanese Mechanical Pencil?

Why Consider a Japanese Mechanical Pencil?

Japanese mechanical pencils are a marvel of engineering - not only do mechanical pencils require precise manufacturing for stress-free use, but they also embody the Japanese principle of kaizen, or continuous improvement. Japanese stationery manufacturers are constantly evolving their products to allow for better writing, less breakage, as well as mechanisms to ensure your writing is uninterrupted and consistent. 


Japanese stationery manufacturers place so much heavy emphasis on improving their writing products since Japan has a tradition of calligraphy, where children are taught in school how to write beautifully from a young age. Moreover, the Japanese writing system makes heavy use of fine strokes, with one errant stroke potentially changing the meaning of the written word entirely, making precision important.


For extremely precise and user-friendly mechanical pencils, Japanese manufacturers and their products are among the best in the world.

Compare the 10 Best Japanese Mechanical Pencils That Don't Break

Now to introduce the best Japanese mechanical pencils available online. They were ranked by how well they did on our tests and given an overall grade ranging from 1.0 to 5.0.


※Japanese prices for some products are listed, but have been converted into USD for easy viewing.

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Pentel Orenz Nero 1

Pentel

2
Mitsubishi Pencil Kuru Toga Advance Upgrade Model 1

Mitsubishi Pencil

3
Pilot Dr. Grip G Spec Soft Grip HDGS-60R-O5 1

Pilot

3
Kokuyo Pencil Sharp PS-PE105D-1P 1

Kokuyo

5
Pentel Orenz Metal Grip Type 1

Pentel

6
Pilot Dr. Grip Pure White BDGPW-80F 1

Pilot

7
Mitsubishi Pencil Uni Alpha-Gel Shaker Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm Hard Grip 1

Mitsubishi Pencil

8
Tombow Pencil MONO Graph Grip Model 1

Tombow Pencil

9
MUJI Low Center of Gravity Mechanical Pencil 18360543 1

MUJI

10
Pilot Fure Fure Opt HOP-20R 1

Pilot

Name

Orenz Nero

Kuru Toga Advance Upgrade Model

Dr. Grip G Spec Soft Grip HDGS-60R-O5

Pencil Sharp PS-PE105D-1P

Orenz Metal Grip Type

Dr. Grip Pure White BDGPW-80F

Uni Alpha-Gel Shaker Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm Hard Grip

MONO Graph Grip Model

Low Center of Gravity Mechanical Pencil 18360543

Fure Fure Opt HOP-20R

Features

A High-Performance Mechanical Pencil That Requires No Knocking

Innovative Punched Grip Feature, Lower Center Of Gravity For Stable Writing

Easy-To-Move Center Of Gravity Makes Writing Light And Smooth

As Light as a Traditional Pencil With Attention to Detail

A Mechanical Pencil With A Non-Slip Metal Grip and A Good Amount of Resistance on Paper

Great Fit With Dual Layer Grip

Slightly Long Clip but the Elasticity of the Gel Makes It Easy to Grip

A Mechanical Pencil With a Comfortable Rubber Grip That’s Gentle on the Hand

Low Center of Gravity Makes It Easy To Write

A Simple Mechanical Pencil With a Versatile Design

Price$32.73$7.75$6.99$1.13$11.90$11.25$19.88$7.11$9.60$5.28
Japaneseぺんてる オレンズネロ三菱鉛筆 クルトガ アドバンスパイロットコーポレーション ドクターグリップ Gスペック ソフトグリップ HDGS-60R-O5 コクヨ 鉛筆シャープPS-PE105D-1Pぺんてる オレンズ メタルグリップタイプパイロットコーポレーション ドクターグリップ ピュアホワイトBDGPW-80F三菱鉛筆 ユニ アルファゲル<シャカシャカ機構搭載モデル:かため>トンボ鉛筆 モノグラフ グリップモデル無印良品 低重心シャープペン 白 18360543パイロットコーポレーション フレフレオプト HOP-20R
Length5.63 in.5.55 in.5.59 in.5.71 in.5.71 in.5.59 in.5.69 in.5.79 in.5.71 in.5.91 in.
Barrel Diameter0.39 in.0.42 in.0.56 in.0.35 in.0.39 in.0.56 in.0.54 in.0.47 in.0.41 in.0.48 in.
Weight0.63 oz.0.56 oz.0.69 oz.0.21 oz.0.49 oz.0.71 oz.0.61 oz.0.60 oz.0.53 oz.0.67 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/BlackPlastic/Gun metal, white, navy, redPlastic/Black, red, green, orange, soft bluePlastic/Black, whiteMetal barrel/Black, red, dark blue, sky bluePlastic/Pink, soft blue, soft green, no colorPlastic/White, navy, red, gun metalPlastic/Mono color, light blue, shine turquoise, light pink, shine pinkPlastic/WhitePlastic/Dot, etching, water, metal, carbon, stripe, stardust, line metal, enamel leather, cut glass
Grip firmnessFirmFirmSoftHardFirmSoftSoftHardFirmFirm
Lead dispensing methodAutomatic lead dispenserKnockKnock, shakerKnockKnockKnock, shakerKnock, shakerClip knock, shakerKnockKnock, shaker
Lead sizes0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm0.5mm0.5mm0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm, 1.3mm0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm 0.5mm0.5mm0.5mm0.3mm, 0.5mm0.5mm
FeaturesLead protection mechanismLead rotation mechanism, lead protection mechanismN/AN/ALead protection mechanismN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Grip availabilityYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Overall score4.173.923.773.763.733.693.683.653.603.59
Grip3.84.24.34.03.84.34.43.93.93.8
Lead durability5.05.03.33.35.03.33.33.33.33.3
Feel3.93.44.14.33.33.83.73.83.83.8
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10 Best Japanese Mechanical Pencils That Don’t Break

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Japaneseぺんてる オレンズネロ
Length5.63 in.
Barrel Diameter0.39 in.
Weight0.63 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/Black
Grip firmnessFirm
Lead dispensing methodAutomatic lead dispenser
Lead sizes0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm
FeaturesLead protection mechanism
Grip availabilityYes
Overall score4.17
Grip3.8
Lead durability5.0
Feel3.9
2

Mitsubishi PencilKuru Toga Advance Upgrade Model

$7.75

Japanese三菱鉛筆 クルトガ アドバンス
Length5.55 in.
Barrel Diameter0.42 in.
Weight0.56 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/Gun metal, white, navy, red
Grip firmnessFirm
Lead dispensing methodKnock
Lead sizes0.5mm
FeaturesLead rotation mechanism, lead protection mechanism
Grip availabilityYes
Overall score3.92
Grip4.2
Lead durability5.0
Feel3.4
3

PilotDr. Grip G Spec Soft Grip HDGS-60R-O5

$6.99

Japaneseパイロットコーポレーション ドクターグリップ Gスペック ソフトグリップ HDGS-60R-O5
Length5.59 in.
Barrel Diameter0.56 in.
Weight0.69 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/Black, red, green, orange, soft blue
Grip firmnessSoft
Lead dispensing methodKnock, shaker
Lead sizes0.5mm
FeaturesN/A
Grip availabilityYes
Overall score3.77
Grip4.3
Lead durability3.3
Feel4.1
3

KokuyoPencil Sharp PS-PE105D-1P

$1.13

Japaneseコクヨ 鉛筆シャープPS-PE105D-1P
Length5.71 in.
Barrel Diameter0.35 in.
Weight0.21 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/Black, white
Grip firmnessHard
Lead dispensing methodKnock
Lead sizes0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm, 1.3mm
FeaturesN/A
Grip availabilityNo
Overall score3.76
Grip4.0
Lead durability3.3
Feel4.3
5

PentelOrenz Metal Grip Type

$11.90

Japaneseぺんてる オレンズ メタルグリップタイプ
Length5.71 in.
Barrel Diameter0.39 in.
Weight0.49 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsMetal barrel/Black, red, dark blue, sky blue
Grip firmnessFirm
Lead dispensing methodKnock
Lead sizes0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm
FeaturesLead protection mechanism
Grip availabilityYes
Overall score3.73
Grip3.8
Lead durability5.0
Feel3.3
6

PilotDr. Grip Pure White BDGPW-80F

$11.25

Japaneseパイロットコーポレーション ドクターグリップ ピュアホワイトBDGPW-80F
Length5.59 in.
Barrel Diameter0.56 in.
Weight0.71 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/Pink, soft blue, soft green, no color
Grip firmnessSoft
Lead dispensing methodKnock, shaker
Lead sizes0.5mm
FeaturesN/A
Grip availabilityYes
Overall score3.69
Grip4.3
Lead durability3.3
Feel3.8
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Mitsubishi PencilUni Alpha-Gel Shaker Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm Hard Grip

$19.88

Japanese三菱鉛筆 ユニ アルファゲル<シャカシャカ機構搭載モデル:かため>
Length5.69 in.
Barrel Diameter0.54 in.
Weight0.61 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/White, navy, red, gun metal
Grip firmnessSoft
Lead dispensing methodKnock, shaker
Lead sizes0.5mm
FeaturesN/A
Grip availabilityYes
Overall score3.68
Grip4.4
Lead durability3.3
Feel3.7
8

Tombow PencilMONO Graph Grip Model

$7.11

Japaneseトンボ鉛筆 モノグラフ グリップモデル
Length5.79 in.
Barrel Diameter0.47 in.
Weight0.60 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/Mono color, light blue, shine turquoise, light pink, shine pink
Grip firmnessHard
Lead dispensing methodClip knock, shaker
Lead sizes0.5mm
FeaturesN/A
Grip availabilityYes
Overall score3.65
Grip3.9
Lead durability3.3
Feel3.8
9

MUJILow Center of Gravity Mechanical Pencil 18360543

$9.60

Japanese無印良品 低重心シャープペン 白 18360543
Length5.71 in.
Barrel Diameter0.41 in.
Weight0.53 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/White
Grip firmnessFirm
Lead dispensing methodKnock
Lead sizes0.3mm, 0.5mm
FeaturesN/A
Grip availabilityYes
Overall score3.60
Grip3.9
Lead durability3.3
Feel3.8
10

PilotFure Fure Opt HOP-20R

$5.28

Japaneseパイロットコーポレーション フレフレオプト HOP-20R
Length5.91 in.
Barrel Diameter0.48 in.
Weight0.67 oz.
Barrel material/Available colorsPlastic/Dot, etching, water, metal, carbon, stripe, stardust, line metal, enamel leather, cut glass
Grip firmnessFirm
Lead dispensing methodKnock, shaker
Lead sizes0.5mm
FeaturesN/A
Grip availabilityYes
Overall score3.59
Grip3.8
Lead durability3.3
Feel3.8

How We Tested the Mechanical Pencils

We gathered popular Japanese mechanical pencils from Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping and tested them for how the grip felt, how easy it was to write, and the lead durability.

Test ① How It Feels to Hold Onto

Test ① How It Feels to Hold Onto
First, we looked at one of the most important factors in determining how a mechanical pencil will feel in your hand: the grip.

We paid attention, first of all, to how the grip felt, as well as the weight and thickness of the grip, all of which affect your handwriting legibility. We then graded each pencil on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Soft Grips and Hexagonal Barrels Are Comfortable to Hold

Soft Grips and Hexagonal Barrels Are Comfortable to Hold
Mechanical pencils with a soft grip which reduces the pressure on the hand received high scores across the board. They effortlessly fit in the hand and didn’t slip at all.

Mitsubishi Pencil's Uni Alpha-Gel, which uses a silicone grip, was particularly well received. The grip shape changes according to how tightly you hold the grip and the shape of your fingers. The grip conformed more comfortably to the hand with lower pressure and provided a higher grade of fit.


On the contrary, there was a split opinion when it came to the hard-grip pencils. Those with hexagonal barrels and rubber grips were highly rated for their ease of holding, while deep grooves and design-focused grips were rated lower for their poor fit.
Hiroki Teranishi
Stationery Expert
Hiroki Teranishi

The thickness, length, and weight of the barrel should be in balance. Having a lighter or thicker barrel doesn't necessarily make a pencil better, so pay attention to the overall balance and fit of the grip.

Test ② Usability

Test ② Usability

Next, we tested the usability of the mechanical pencils. 


We evaluated the functionality, lead output, tip control, and other factors. We then ranked each on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Lead Protection Mechanisms Made the Tip Shaky; Simple Pencils Ranked Higher

Lead Protection Mechanisms Made the Tip Shaky; Simple Pencils Ranked Higher
A lead protection mechanism feature, which is supposed to help you write better, turned out to be a downside. The cushion installed in the tip got bouncy when we tried to change our hand pressure depending on the strokes of the characters and made it hard to write stably. Similarly, Mitsubishi Pencil's Kuru Toga series, which has an automatic lead rotation mechanism whose tip moves up and down to activate the feature, caused the pencil to shake when writing.

On the contrary, simple pens with no high-tech features and those with a long lead holder tip for clear visibility of the page surface were highly rated. Among them, especially those with a lower center of gravity were stable and comfortable to write with.


It's difficult balancing useful features and writing comfort, so choose a mechanical pencil according to what you value most.

Test ③ Lead Durability

Test ③ Lead Durability

We all want pencil lead that doesn’t break! 


For this test, we laid a sheet of notebook paper on a measuring device and wrote on it from a 45-degree angle, gradually adding more pressure to see when the lead would break.

Lead Protection Mechanisms Actually Work

Lead Protection Mechanisms Actually Work
When the extended to the first click, none of the tested leads broke, even when a fairly strong pressure was applied. However, when extended to the second click, the ones without a lead protection mechanism feature broke under a force of about 710 grams, while the ones with the feature successfully absorbed the excess pressure and their leads did not break.

If you often tend to break the lead, we advise you to first check whether you are extending the lead too much and whether you are placing excessive pressure on the pencil.

How to Choose a Japanese Mechanical Pencil That Doesn’t Break – Buying Guide

Here, we want to introduce some things you should look out for when picking out a Japanese mechanical pencil.

Choose One Based on How You'll Use It

Choose One Based on How You'll Use It

First, you can narrow things down by deciding which mechanical pencil style suits your needs. They can be divided into three types: simple mechanical pencils, pencils for drafting, and multifunction writing utensils.


  • Simple mechanical pencils are great for everyday use at work or school. 
  • Drafting models have a long tip, making it easier to see where you're making marks, and are perfect for fine, detailed writing and drawing. 
  • Multifunctional mechanical pencils have a ballpoint pen built in, and this dual functionality might make your writing tasks faster, since you won't have to grab another writing tool.

Find a Pencil That Feels Good in Your Hand

The type of grip, barrel thickness, weight, and center of gravity all determine whether the mechanical pencil is comfortable to write with.

Choose Between A Soft Grip So Your Hand Doesn’t Tire Out, and Hard Grips for More Control

Choose Between A Soft Grip So Your Hand Doesn’t Tire Out, and Hard Grips for More Control

Although it's a matter of preference which type you find most comfortable, here are some general considerations about the grips available on mechanical pencils.


Soft grips mold to your fingers and reduce fatigue, making them great for those who write for long periods. But, while they can be more comfortable, they also may cause the pencil's tip to wobble. If you value accuracy, you'll have to take care when writing with this type.


Hard grips are generally easier to control, and work best for those who need fine details like accurate lines or beautiful handwriting. However, watch out for materials and designs that are more slippery than others.

Go for a Thick Barrel if You Tend to Write With a Heavy Hand, and Vice Versa

Go for a Thick Barrel if You Tend to Write With a Heavy Hand, and Vice Versa

If you tend to push hard when writing, we recommend a pencil with a thicker barrel. Those who write with a light touch can benefit from a thin barrel, on the other hand. Choosing the right thickness can help you find one that's easy to use.


A thick barrel is easier to grip without needing to squeeze more, so it can encourage you to not write with too much excessive force. A narrow barrel means you'll need to grip harder, which can benefit those who have faint writing by providing a sense of stability.

A Low Center of Gravity Makes the Pencil Tip More Controllable

A Low Center of Gravity Makes the Pencil Tip More Controllable
A low center of gravity, where most of the weight is near the pencil's tip, will make your writing neater. The higher the center of gravity, the more unsteady the pencil and the more strength needed to control it.

Try to find a good balance between the weight, the center of gravity, and the barrel's thickness. A lighter pencil will reduce fatigue, while a heavy one can make it worse. We considered these points when doing our product ranking, so make sure to check our notes on each one's performance.

Choose a Barrel Material: Lightweight Plastic, Solid Metal, or Familiar Wood

Choose a Barrel Material: Lightweight Plastic, Solid Metal, or Familiar Wood

The material of the barrel affects weight, comfort, durability, and price, so let's look at some of the commonly-available choices.


Plastic barrels are lightweight and easy to use. However, they're generally less durable, and can get slippery if your hand sweats.


Metal has a hefty, solid feel in your hand, and these pencils are durable and don't break easily. Metal tends to be found in drafting or high-end mechanical pencils.


Wood is moderately heavy, and the longer you use one of these, the more it feels familiar to your hand. It's not usually slippery. Unfortunately, there are few wooden options available, and none made it on our list.

Check What the Lead Advancement Mechanism Is

Check What the Lead Advancement Mechanism Is
There are three main ways to advance the lead in Japanese mechanical pencils: standard pencil-end click types, known as "knock," shaker types, and automatic lead advancement.

"Knock" types are the kind where you simply push down on the end where the eraser is or would be, and more lead comes out. Most mechanical pencils are this kind.


Shaker pencils have a weight in them. To advance the lead, all you have to do is shake it! Many of these come with a knock mechanism built-in too.


Others have an automatic feeding design, which advances the lead as you write without you needing to stop and push or shake anything. These are designed to work with the relatively short strokes of Japanese characters, so they may not work as well if your strokes usually connect. They may not work at all with cursive.


Look for Extra Features for Clear, Seamless Writing

Look for Extra Features for Clear, Seamless Writing

As mentioned above, an automatic lead advancement can let you write without pausing. Pencils like the Kuru Toga take it a step further, rotating the core each time it advances. This leaves you with a constant sharp tip, and is perfect if you don't want a mix of soft and sharp strokes.


Other pencils have a core breakage prevention feature. If you push too hard, a spring inside the barrel absorbs the excess force to keep the lead from snapping. They also have a tip that protects the lead. These features can affect the feel when writing, however, so decide if you really need it before buying one.

Look For One That Matches Your Style

Look For One That Matches Your Style

Would you like a transparent mechanical pencil so you can see all the engineering going on inside? Looking for a metallic finish, something black and neutral for business, or something in your favorite color? You can even find some in limited edition designs or collaborations with characters and such.


The design and color can turn an ordinary writing utensil into your favorite, so don't forget to think about it!

More Pencils and Erasers to Consider

For writing, sketching, schoolwork or note-taking, a good supply of reliable pencils is a must. Check out these links for some great options and accessories.

Author: Nao Kondo/Translation: Jasmine Li, Mitsuki Nagasawa, Izumi Taneda, Susan Lucier-Ogawa


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