Thursday, 23 June 2016

Ambidextrous Pencils

So these pencils that I found in Paris are unusual in one respect..
They are ambidextrous - ie both left-handed and right-handed.
This is the say the text on one face of the pencil runs from tip to head (right-handed), but rotate the pencil and the text on the opposite face runs from head to tip (left-handed).  I don't recall seeing any pencils like that before - anyone got any other examples?

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The flea markets of Paris

In Paris for a weekend I headed to the flea markets of St Ouen.  I have been there before, many years ago at which time I found several stalls with old pencils, and bought around fifty pencils.
This year I wasn't so lucky - in general there were more antiques and less junk, and I found only one stall selling pencils.  Here's what I bought

The BERGER pencils (of which more later), and Conté ALASKA were the 6 for €5 pot, all the others were 3 for €1.  In other words pretty cheap, and great to find some pencils entirely new to me.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

L.i C.Hardtmuth CYKLOP 1332

Made Poland
Orange-Yellow in colour, with sharp edges



Thursday, 2 June 2016

JP Alibert's Graphite Mine in Siberia

Here's one of my favourite pencils - an old A.W. Faber pencil, containing graphite from the famous mine established in Siberia by Jean-Pierre Alibert.
I guess the pencil is nineteenth century. The edges are very sharp and it's in good condition.  I have two of them


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Blue Pencils

If yellow is far and away the most popular colour for brand name writing pencils --  is blue the least popular ?  Sorting out an old box of pencils, found in the attic, completely forgotten, here are all the blue pencils I found.
Lots of Russian pencils !  Perhaps blue is more popular there. 
A Conte pencil called Indiana  -  is blue the colour of that state?

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Clearing Out the Attic

Clearing out the attic I am finding boxes and boxes of pencils...   perhaps I'll resume posting to this blog again

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Yes, it's lovely, but what's that pencil he's sitting on?

A pencil bench, just seen on Channel 4's antique dealing program Four Rooms.  It's ingenious, and fun .. what pencil did they use to build it?

I don't think it's a 'real' pencil actually, I suspect they painted them pink, but perhaps they were bought off the shelf - does anyone know?

Here's the makers - intriguingly each pencil can be removed and used

I would like this bench!