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Available in 12 bright colors, the Mitsubishi Dermatograph pencils are an upscale version of your typical grease pencil. The name “Dermatograph” comes from a combination of the Greek words “dermato”, meaning skin, and “graph”, meaning to draw: literally, draw on skin. As the name suggests, Dermatograph pencils can be used to draw on surfaces such as skin, glass, metal and film, which is difficult with a conventional pencil. Today, the features of the Dermatograph are used in a variety of applications and are perfect for writing on any non-porous surface, including vinyl and cellophane. Marks can be removed by rubbing them with a cloth and some water.

Dermatograph pencils were first released in 1955. It is said that it was originally made of wood and later changed to the current paper-rolled shaft around 1958. This paper roll is the trademark of Dermatograph. No sharpener required! Simply pull on the thread to remove layers of paper wrapped around the lead to expose more of the color.

Dermatograph pencils only require a gentle touch to create even marks that show up on pretty much any surface. They are excellent for sketching and drawing, too, with really rich, vibrant color pay off.

About the makers

Founded in the 19th century in Tokyo, Mitsubishi Pencil has been one of the world’s leading pen and pencil manufacturers for generations. Well-known around the world for its Uni brand of pens and pencils, Mitsubishi continues to innovate and release new products, like POSCA paint markers and an ever-expanding lineup of writing pens.

Mitsubishi was established in 1887 as Masaki Pencil Manufacturing Company in Tokyo by Niroku Masaki. It was at the 1878 Paris World Fair that Masaki observed a pencil for the very first time, and he was immediately inspired to create one himself. He began performing extensive research and eventually succeeded in producing Japan’s first pencil. In 1901, after numerous setbacks and repeated experimental mistakes, he finally persuaded the Ministry of Communications to purchase pencils that he had designed especially for government agency use.

Masaki searched for a way to mark this momentous occasion. Eventually, he came up with the idea of registering a commemorative trademark. As his pencils for government agency use were produced in three grades of hardness (lead core density)— appropriately termed No.1, No.2, and No.3 — he decided on the band name Mitsubishi, which means “three diamonds“, and derived the logo from the “three fish scales” of the Masaki family crest.



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