Does anyone have any information about the brand Totu? This piece is speaking to me.
As far as I can tell, Totu is simply a Pentel knock-off. The pencil you highlighted is gorgeous, and I’m curious about the internals. I suspect they’d seem cheaper than comparable Pentels, as it would have been much easier to gain marketshare by creating desirable exteriors rather than engineering the whole piece.
They did make some pencils similar to Pentel’s accounting pencils. The labels were clearly similar to Pentel’s if you squit at them a bit. This pencils is nice. A 2000 yen price tag and etching make this eye-catching.
I have a Totu or tu but have not closely examined their internals.
I picked up one of these a few months ago. Because it looked so much like a Pentel, I wanted to see if Pentel was manufacturing these for someone else.
The pencil was significantly different from the build of a Pentel.
I will try to find the pencil and see about posting a side-by-side comparison.