Review: Zebra DelGuard Kumamon Special Edition Mechanical Pencil

Review: Zebra DelGuard Kumamon Special Edition Mechanical Pencil
The pencil, on a school desk

Last Summer, during a trip to Korea, I stumbled across this strange mechanical pencil in an ArtBox. From a quick Google search, I've discovered that there are six variants of this special edition and I have the one with a blue grip. These editions are comprised of either blue, pink, or black parts in various different combinations

All the colors available. Image Credit: World Stationery Store

This pencil is pretty much a standard Zebra DelGuard, except with a cool finishing. The build quality is premium and it feels amazing to use. This special edition has the Kumamon bear plastered all over the barrel and matching colors throughout.

So many different expressions~! Note fading on clip I will discuss later

The nib of the pencil is my favorite part. I love the transparent characteristics of the barrel, allowing the user to preview the technology that goes into each one of these pencils. Zebra DelGuards work by implementing pressure-absorbing springs – one for vertical pressure and another for diagonal. These springs are exceptionally smooth!

Obligatory writing sample

The smoothness in writing is extremely pleasant. I was shocked with how comfortable these pencils are to use – It's almost like writing with butter, especially because I write on the heavier side with mechanical pencils and the DelGuard mechanism adds cushion.

The Zebra DelGuard uses a standard button to advance the lead. The clicks are sharp and, in my experience, one of the best clicks on any mechanical pencil. Sometimes, I catch myself fidgeting with the mechanisms on this pencil because of how pleasant they are.

A close-up of the nib. Note that the amount of lead extended is roughly how much the DelGuard mechanism will retract in the vertical direction

Unfortunately, I've been a little rough with the pencil and there are scratches along with fading lettering on the clip. If you buy one of these, I'd probably keep this separate from your other everyday carry items to keep the pencil in good shape.

The nib is accessible through a unique screw mechanism made of plastic

For this pencil's price, it's a little expensive. However, as it's a limited edition, it's still not too bad. You can purchase this pencil at retailers in Asia shipped to the United States for around $16. If you love Kumamon, it's definitely worth it.

So many Kumamon!
Nathan Ma

Nathan Ma

Hi! I'm Nathan, and I'm a stationery enthusiast. I've been in love with anything regarding writing and have built up a huge collection that I can now share with others!