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Tombow Oceanic Mechanical Pencil

The Tombow Oceanic is a mechanical pencil that is shaped like a fish. It won a Design Plus award in 1993 for its novel design.

The pencil is sometimes called the Tombow “Zoom Oceanic” in keeping with most of Tombow’s design-oriented products. The model was SH-ZLF11.

The Oceanic is covered in a textured rubber that is almost velvety in its feel. The material is grippy but not rough. It’s unlike a typical rubber pencil body and rather odd overall. The pencil is surprisingly short and wide in person, at just over 5 inches long and nearly 0.75 inches (20 mm) in at the widest point.

The tail of the fish — the back of the pencil — is a button that can be pushed in to extend the lead. The back can be pulled off to reveal an eraser. The pencil was only sold in 0.5 mm.

The pencil has no clip so it tend to roll on one’s desk. It will not stand upright as the back end is not flat.


Tombow Oceanic Mechanical Pencil Information

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Manufacturer Tombow
Pencil Models0.5 mm
Barrel ColorBlack
Barrel MaterialRubber
Body Diameter (mm)
Grip Color Black
Grip Material Rubber
Knurled Grip? No
Grip Diameter (mm) 15.0
Body ShapeFish
Lead GradesHB
Capped or Retractable
Lead Advance StylePush Button
Lead Color Graphite
Lead Size (Diameter) 0.5 mm
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Eraser Refillable?Yes
Body Length13.5
Tip MaterialRubber
Tip Replaceable?No
Pipe Retractable?Yes
Cleaning Rod?No