Review by Tina Koyama
When the Tokyo Slider Twin Pencil Holder ($11.50) first came out, it caught my eye for several reasons. One is that conventional-size woodcased pencils are a little too slim for my comfort, and I experience less hand fatigue if I fatten the barrel with a holder. Another is that I have a thing for bicolor pencils, and my secret desire is to someday make my own (with something like the Tsunago concept, except one that works for colored pencils). While pencil holders and extenders for one pencil are commonplace, I’d never seen a twin holder before: I immediately saw the bicolor potential. Finally, I rarely see pencil holders/extenders made of wood, and the Slider’s smooth, round barrel appealed to me.
I chose the reddish-brown wood. The Tokyo Slider also comes in a single-pencil version and in white wood and red wood.
To test the holder, I chose a conventional yellow pencil that’s getting too short to use easily and a tiny stub that’s so short it must be sharpened with a knife (both hexagonal).
A cap on either end of the Slider screws off, revealing an inner sleeve. Place the pencil into the sleeve, and replace the cap to secure.
The tiny stub was easy to install securely, too.
Even with two pencils installed Darth Maul-style, the Slider is surprisingly lightweight and comfortable to use. The barrel is exactly the diameter I find comfortable in hand and for long writing or drawing use.
I also tested a conventional diameter round pencil and triangular pencil, and they both fit fine. The whole barrel is hollow, so I could even install a full-length pencil (using one end of the holder only).
As expected, my colored pencils with larger-than-average-diameter barrels (such as Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle and Luminance) would not fit. But all the rest fit well, so I’m going to go through my stubs and make a handy bicolor. (In fact, I think I’m going to get a couple more Sliders – six colors in the space of three would make a very portable sketch kit!)
Darth Maul, eat your heart out.