When is a pencil not just a pencil? When it has a hidden compass built in? The Kutsuwa Stad Sharpest Compass is just that. When the compass point is safely stowed away inside the body of the pencil it functions just like any other mechanical pencil, albeit a slightly odd-looking one.
As a compass, it functions as you would hope. Once the pivoting needle-tip is extended out, the joints are stiff enough to ensure that the angle remains unchanged whilst drawing a circle - capable of drawing circles from 2cm up to approx. 32cm. Perhaps more importantly than that though, because this compass uses a 0.5mm mechanical pencil to draw the line, the line is far sharper and more consistent than when using a traditional compass. Hence the name Sharpest Compass.
Supplied with a tube of replacement 0.5mm leads, the 0.5mm pencil mechanism can use any 0.5mm lead. See our wide selection of replacement 0.5mm leads here.
When the compass point is folded away, the pencil becomes a little more pocket-friendly (though the pencil's tip still protrudes, so it still isn't entirely pocket-safe) and even has a handy pocket clip.
While their roots go back to 1910, the Kutsuwa company we know today began life in 1958, and have made some wonderfully innovative products ever since. Many of their products have the kind of quirky and unusual design that’s so unique to Japan, while solving problems you probably never knew you had!
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