Experience Japan through stationery. Part 2, a mechanical pencil called Orenz, that doesn’t break lead.

2017-04-05   Goods,



A reason why Japanese students prefer this pencil over fine pencils.

I would like to introduce to you the super fine mechanical pencil called Orenz that has been a hot seller among students. How about in your country? Do students use pencils, pens, or even fountain pens? In Japan, it has been said that your writing reflects what your heart looks like, so if you write a beautiful letter, it means your heart is also beautiful. Japanese students prefer mechanical pencils because it’s easier and cleaner when erasing mistakes. People also think that writing with this type of fine pencil keeps your notebook cleaner and makes it look more elegant. That’s why these super fine mechanic pencils are hot sellers in Japan.


A Variety of colors and sizes are available!

Pentel Co., Ltd. released Orenz in 2014. It comes in sizes of 0.2mm and 0.3mm with 8 colors available in the 0.2mm size. The variation of colors and sizes are two features common to Japanese stationery. They look like candy and are so cute! (kawaii!) Considering that an average pen’s line width is 0.7mm, Orenz’s is just one third of that!



Even with a 0.2mm line width, it’ll never break! The secret is in the guide mechanism.

Do you think a piece of lead with a 0.2mm width can be easily broken? The name Orenz means, “never to be broken” and lives up to its name. The secret is in the guide pipe. It protects the entire length of the lead and as you write, the lead never extends out of this protective pipe. The tip of the pipe has rounded edges, so it won’t catch on or scratch the surface of the paper. I would have say that this passion for such tiny details is very unique to Japan!

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Writer / Translator

I’m a freelance translator from Tokyo who likes to travel right in the middle of the unpredictables in life. Through the translation of articles I hope to create points of contact between Japan and the rest of the world. As a writer, I want to add information that isn’t in the guide book, from a “wasabi” perspective!