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.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

A smart stationery shop in Paris

While in Paris I didn't confine myself to the flea markets, I also visited a chic little shop off Rue St Hororé,  attracted by this display in the window
 A set of Hardmuth Toisin D'Or, in a leather case -- for the pretty good price of €40.
Inside the shop they had a display of vintage pencils - Ticonderoga's Mikados and others.  I didn't get a photo though.

They had a good selection of pencils - this is what I bought.

AG Spalding make pens, I haven't seen any pencils before - I think they probably belong in the 'advertising' category rather than counting as a brand name pencil.

Thursday, 30 June 2016


I found these four pencils lurking in my local stationery shop.  I haven't seen NATARAJ before, design obviously influenced by Staedtler Tradition.

It's odd how some shops will occasionally stock something different.

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