Thursday, 25 August 2016

Cheap Pencils

From a corner shop in Wimbledon, some plain cheap pencils.

They aren't much to look at - or to write with - but how can a pencil collector eschew the cheap or the quotidien.  Such are the stuff of of a pencil collection.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

eBay purchase - Harris Pencils of Elstree Industrial 2020 Empire

A tidy eBay purchase .

After these arrived I googled Harris Pencils Elstree to see what I could find out about this mysterious firm.

The first hit is the eBay listing for this item
The second, and last, hit is to my own, older, website.  Seems like I must already have at least one Harris pencil!  I wonder if it is the same as these.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Boxed - L&C Hardtmuth - Mephisto 73



 There are many, many varieties of Mephisto pencil. These are not the finest, the printing is a little blurred, but the colour is nice.  Considering the ornate, old-fashioned design of the pencil, the box is surprisingly plain and modern.  Different designer I'd say.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Boxed - Itoya Schools

Very plain design

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Boxed - Prestige Quality Pencil


I thought I would start a series of posts featuring boxed pencils.
Most of the pencils in my collection are, naturally, single pencils, the boxes long gone. But of course I do have many boxes of 12 as well.

When I have a box of 12 I am always tempted to call it one pencil, with 11 spares. But then common sense prevails and I realise I need to keep the set together.

Is Prestige even a make?  Or is it just a random brand name stamped on a supermarket pencil.


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Pencil Pot


Inspired by Bleistift's Pencil Pot of the Month series, he's my pencil pot of the .... well, here's my pencil pot.  This handsome object sits on my desk at work.

 It's a shiny steel affair.
And here are the pencils that are in in - all well used

an Apsara Platinum EXTRA-DARK - very soft lead - and a novelty left-handed pencil.  (I know that my readers (cough), they will understand!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

L&C Hardtmuth purchases


These are the Hardtmuths that I bought in Paris - a closer look at the six of them together.


They make a nice set -- Hardtmuth always make a very well presented pencils, the lacquer is good, the lettering accurate.

I sense a Japanese influence in the newest pencil here- the Toisin D'Or.  It looks like a Tombow. It's a very solid pencil, but I have to say that the typeface is much less attractive and less distinctive than in the older models.