The Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni pencil is a delight. It oozes class, sophistication and elegance. Before I discovered this wonderful pencil, Mitsu-bishi were just a manufacturer of cars.
I bought a single HB pencil from Cult Pens on a whim when picking up some other items. In the pencil world the Hi-Uni is relatively expensive at £2.40, but you get what you pay for. This was my first Japanese pencil and one of the first pencils I tried outside the Palomino selection pack.
The pencil design is classy. A deep burgundy barrel with gold lettering is a great contrast and gives the pencil a premium feel.
On the opposite side of the pencil there is a brash white barcode which is plain ugly. It's a shame that this is included on the pencil itself but sadly Mitsu-bishi aren't the only brand that does this.
To cap off the pencil there is a deep black lacquer that tells you the grading of the graphite. There is a thick gold loop two thirds of the way up this section for the final pop of detail. This final section is round contrasting the hexagonal barrel of the pencil. The Hi-Uni doesn't have a ferrule or rubber therefore feeling naturally lighter. If you are used to pencils with rubbers this can be an odd sensation at first but it does mean that it is comfortable for longer periods of writing.
i find the graphite a bit softer than other HB pencils wearing quickly when used for writing. This means there is an element of constant sharpening which could be a slight irritant for pencil users on the move. I will be buying more of the Hi-Unis, probably lots more, but I will definitely try out different graphite grades to find the right hardness for me. With this in mind I point you to the brilliant Jet Pens guide to wooden pencils.
Below you can see my written review giving some idea of how this pencil looks and its shading.
The Mitsubishi Hi-Uni is a great pencil and shout be a part of any pencil lovers pencil pot.