We take for granted that most of our trusty pens come with pen caps to protect the point of the pen and prevent the pen from getting ink on our shirts or pants, but what about pencils? Pencils have a point that needs far more protection than any pen tip (besides FPs of course) and I can't count the times that graphite has transferred to other things in my pencil case. It's a mess. When searching for the perfect pencil cap I had a few things in mind. First, it had to be cheap. Yes, the ten dollar pencil cap from Palomino is great, but I lose things. It would be far less disappointing to lose something that costs far less. Also, I want something that is lightweight and does not add much bulk to the pencil. Nothing is worse than adding weight to your pencil case because of a bunch of pencil caps. Finally, I want something that is moderately adjustable. Even though the standard pencil is the same size most of the time, some have more layers of paint which add a bit of girth to the pencil thus facilitating an adjustable cap. With all of those qualities in mind, I have searched and finally found the one pencil cap that checks all of the boxes: the Kutsuwa Stad.
The Kutsuwa Stad pencil caps are made of a lightweight aluminum and come in either all silver or the multi-colors that I am reviewing here. The packaging on these pencils caps is basic, but the bag is resealable (there is a sticky flap on the bottom) so it's a great way to keep the ones you are not using together. In addition to the six pencil caps, you get a mini sheet of labels. I am not sure what they say in Japanese, but I assume it is a label to write your name on. On the side of each cap is a slit that provides the flex you need to adjust to different pencil barrel size. I will say be careful with this part-- I sliced my finger on one as the edges can be pretty sharp. These sharp edges also may dig into the lacquer on your pencil, so take care not to squeeze them as you slide them on the point of the pencil.
Once the cap is on your pencil, a slight squeeze is all you need to make sure it is secure. These caps do not add much length to the pencil you are using and allow the pencil with cap to fit in most pencil cases. What's also great is you can put the cap on the other end of the pencil while you are writing (unless you are using a Blackwing of course!) which adds a nice counter balance to ferrule-less pencils. At around three or so dollars for a six pack, you really can't go wrong with picking a few of these up. The Kutsuwa Stad not only does its job well, but they make your pencils look great as well.