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Sharpening Cross Culture | “EE Defender” | No Stationery, No Life.



Previous Posts: + All about Takahashi Takuya (Stationery Advisor) + Review about “2cm+ Pencil” Grey Ray and “No Stationery, No Life” works together to cross stationery culture between Japan and Thailand throuh social network (Twitter, Facebook) which Grey Ray saw a good opportunity to let Japanese people know Thailand through Thai stationery, and Thai people knows Thai stationery through Japanese point of view. (Japanese is very serious about stationery.) This time, Mr.Takahashi made a review of our “EE Defender” Pencil cap;

Pencil cap that save the pencil lead’s tips : EE Defender

[ credit : http://mai-bun.com/archives/1333 ] This is a pencil cap called “EE Defender” It’s been designed to protect the pencil leads from damage. I’ve been educated that art student in Thailand have this unique culture to sharpen the pencil longer than normal. They also believe that the longer it is, the better it gets.

Grey Ray respects those belief of children and design “EE Defender” pencil cap which is designed beautifully with fine graded. It’s not really often to be see this kind of fine graded stationery even in Japan. This made “EE Defender” won “Good Design Award” and “Design Excellence Award”.


This pencil cap made from PP Plastic. It’s strong and protect the lead well. I’ve never seen a stationery that made by PP in Japan. It’s really new for me.


[Warning] Not recommend to used with a pencil that have a diameter more than 7.5 mm (Mitsubishi/High Uni/Tri-angled pencil) Recommend for this type of person: – Person who loves to sharpen the pencil longer than normal – Person who loves to have cool pencil caps – Person who would like to use a foreign country’s stationery

There’s so many Japanese people gave an attention to Grey Ray after Takahashi Takuya, Professional Stationery Advisor, has reviewed the “EE Defender”. They couldn’t imagine how long art student in Thailand sharpen the pencil, and how “EE Defender” is special than other pencil caps? So we uploaded the picture of “long sharpening EE pencil” of Thai art student with this description: “For whom cannot imagine how Thai art student sharpen pencil” So that people could understand why “EE Defender” is needed…


The result was very surprising. 80% of Japanse people was excited with how Thai art student sharpen. 20% was not really surprised about sharpening but surprised about Thai art student only use EE (Extra Extra size / 8B). 5% was not surprised; they’re even proud of being part of “long sharpening kind of person” unlike others.


Here is the long sharpening in Japan (very few) :


One of Japanese Twitte user said that “Wow! That was sooo long. I believe we can’t use normal pencil caps in market” So we replied her with the picture of “EE Defender” saying ‘That’s why we made this pencil cap to protect the long sharpened pencil leads which is a well-known culture for the art student in Thailand (and some in Europe)’ Many people was surprised with the idea and understand the idea immediately about the shape and speciality. This might be the first time that Grey Ray and Japanese people have cross-cultural talk until 2:00~3:00 AM only about the pencil and pencil caps!

Write : Takahashi Takuya Write & Translate : Yoshimi Kato


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