akio hayakawa inserts shorter graphite into easy pencil akio hayakawa inserts shorter graphite into easy pencil
jan 20, 2014

akio hayakawa inserts shorter graphite into easy pencil

akio hayakawa inserts shorter graphite into easy pencil
all images courtesy of akio hayakawa




the ‘easy pencil’ by japanese designer akio hayakawa enables one to draw or write all the way through to the end of its lead. once a pencil becomes too small it can be very difficult to continue using it, resulting in a waste of materials. by inserting a stick of graphite that is 60mm shorter than the outer piece means it can be used in its entirety. constructed from japanese cypress and graphite with urethane coating, the 176mm ‘easy pencil’ can be manufactured as normal, meaning it is unnecessary to invest in new technology or skills.


the graphite in the ‘easy pencil’ is shorter than its case


the pencil can be drawn with to the very end of its lead


the pencil sharpened to its very end


no lead is wasted


view showing the lead inside its extended holder


the ‘easy pencil’ saves on material costs


the pencil is constructed from japanese cypress and graphite

  • but then it’s wasting wood.

    smack says:
  • A handle allowing use of normal pencil up to the end could be a better answer to prevent waste of material.

    Piotr Bzdura says:
  • besides the 2 logical arguments above, won’t the graphite just slide backwards when you put some mild pressure while writing on the pencil? Esp. towards the end, when the friction is less.

    Sam Ponette says:
  • I agree with both comments, I do not see the advantage , it is just a shorter pencil.

    Marivi Garrido says:
  • At first is a cool idea, but in the end, that small part of the pencil is still unconfortable to use. Also, like Piotr said, it´s best to just have a handle to properly hold the short pencil until it runs out completly, then wasting wood.

    what? says:
  • I don’t think this is smart – ok, there’s no waste of lead but still there’s waste of wood, so what’s the point? In my opinion, Cheng Tsung’s “To Be Continued” is a better solution to avoid wasting both lead and wood: http://www.chengtsung.com/to-be-continued

    Flavio Dechen says:
  • hey, don’t be so serious. Please take it “easy”.
    I want people like six of you above to use “easy pencil”.
    Be more “easy”-going. This is the kind of pencil.

    akio says:
  • get a pencil extender like it is still the 19th Century. I still use one.

    idle_crane says:
  • give me more positive comments:)

    akio says:
  • When we used to draw by hand in architecture school…… pre-CAD, we had “lead” holders. akio, suggest back to the drawing board…. nothing personal 😉

    Rich says:
  • I like the idea, I believe it’s so fun for children’s colored pencils. Just you can add a rubber at the end of empty piece, in this way it’ll have it’s function and people does not consider it as a waste! good luck! 🙂

    sarah says:
  • how a poetic idea! I really like it.

    leyla says:

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