Mitsubishi



About the company


Mitsubishi colored pencils are made by Mitsubishi Pencil Co., Ltd. Mitsubishi Pencil Co. was established in Tokyo in 1887. They also make the Uni-ball pens that are sold worldwide. Mitsubishi Pencils uni brand derives its name from the word 'unique'.


Interestingly, when you go to the Mitsubishi Pencil site, and select your location as in the USA, you go to the uni-ball site, which is owned by Sanford, a Newell-Rubbermaid company. This should sound familiar to pencil-heads, because it is the same company that now owns Prismacolor.


The Mitsubishi pencils really are unique. the 100 set (shown below) come in a sturdy plastic case. It stands up so that the pencils are upright. There are 25 rows, each with 4 pencils lined up in short rows behind each of the front pencils. Each row can be flipped out to select a pencil, or all of the rows can be flipped out at once to see all of the pencils, without the pencils tipping the case over. Each pencil is held securely in it's own holder. A color chart is printed on the inside of the case in English and Japanese.


The 240 set comes in a chest with slide out drawers. We always thought that the chest was made of wood, and that the wood was a large part of the cost. However, the chest is actually made of cloth-covered MDF (wood fiber board material and molding). There are a total of 5 drawers, with the pencils arranged by color. The pastel shades are in a drawer by themselves, and several of the colors are metallics. The pencil number is labeled on the drawer, and each pencil is marked with '240 Limited Edition'. We had planned to use the chest for the entire set of Caran d'Ache Traditional and Dry pencils once the Mitsubishi ones are used up, and are therefore disappointed that the chest is cardboard not wood, since that may limit how many generations this 'heirloom' will last!

Mitsubishi Uni

Artist Colored Pencils



  • Artist quality traditional colored pencils
  • 240 colors
  • Sets; difficult to find in USA
  • Pencils are pre-sharpened
  • Sets come arranged in color order
  • Thick cores
  • Nice lay-down and layering
  • Made in Japan
  • NO LIGHTFEST RATINGS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE


These pencils go down as smooth as silk on the page. One color in our 100 set had problems- the metallic silver, which was hard and scratchy, a common problem with metallics in many brands. They make layering very easy. The pencils are very well made, and beautiful. They are labeled in English with the manufacture, type, color name, color number, where made (Japan), and when the company was established. Since these are so expensive to get in the US, and since they are not sold open stock, we don't expect many artists to convert to using them, but perhaps with enough requests, we can someday have them here for sale.







Pencils- 100 Set in Flip-out plastic case






Pencils- 240 in Cardboard Chest







Color Charts for 100 set



#

Name

#

Name

501

White

614

Peacock Blue

600

Ivory

537

Cerulean Blue

502

Cream

615

Blue Green

503

Light Yellow

538

Celadon

504

Lemon Yellow

539

Emerald Green

601

Lemon Yellow

540

Green

505

Yellow

541

Brilliant Green

602

Orange Yellow

642

Viridian

506

Orange Yellow

543

Moss Green

507

Light Vermilion

544

Olive Green

508

Vermilion

616

Hunter Green

509

Scarlet

617

Dark Green

510

Geranium Red

618

Forest Green

511

Crimson Red

545

Sap Green

512

Carmine

546

Grass Green

603

Light Carmine

547

Seacrest

513

Rose

548

Grey Olive

604

Rose Pink

549

Yellow Green

514

Salmon Pink

550

Willow Green

515

Coral Red

619

Apple Green

516

Pink

551

Mustard

517

Juane Brilliant

552

Ochre

605

Cinnamon

553

Gold Ochre

606

Dark Flesh

554

Light Ochre

518

Flesh

555

Raw Umber

519

Light Flesh

556

Brown Ochre

520

Beige

557

Burnt Ochre

521

Lilac

620

Brown

522

Heliotrope

558

Cocoa

523

Lavender

559

Copper Brown

524

Mauve

560

Brick Red

607

Fuchsia Purple

561

Van Dyke Brown

525

Magenta

562

Purple

608

Raspberry

621

Sepia

526

Red Violet

563

Dark Sepia

527

Violet

564

Light Grey

528

Dark Violet

565

Silver Grey

529

Indigo

566

Warm Grey

530

Violet Blue

567

Blue Grey

609

Deep Cobalt

568

Dark Grey

531

Cobalt Blue

622

Beige Grey

532

Blue Celeste

623

Seaside Grey

610

Dark Phthalo Blue

624

Smoke Grey

533

Blue Celeste

625

Stone Grey

611

Azure Blue

626

Charcoal Grey

534

Ocean Blue

569

Slate Grey

612

Prussian Blue

570

Black

535

Sky Blue

571

Gold

613

Light Blue

572

Silver

536

Turquoise

627

Copper



Color Chart- 240 Ltd. Ed. Set