Sunday, 30 October 2016

M&G Writing Creativity

An interesting box of pencils bought from Penfax in Hexham, Yorkshire.

They were very cheap - £4 for a box of 12, but surprisingly good quality and design. I love the understated colours, and the matt finish.  They write nicely as well.

M&G is a large Chinese stationery manufacturer, I think these pencils are available only in the UK. I have never seen them before.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

more random eBay pencils

My favourite here - and definitely the most interesting, I think, is the Wolff's Pencil - Wolff's SELECTED Spanish Granite. 
Spanish Graphite ?  Was that a thing?  Cumberland Graphite, yes, Siberian Graphite - of course - but Spanish Graphite ? 

Thursday, 8 September 2016

eBay purchases - Copying Pencils

A good haul on eBay this month : a very impressive set of Copying Pencils

A lot of pencils there that I haven't seen before, I am very pleased with these.
The one that intrigues me most is the purple/black Staedtler Tradition -- I have never before seen a Tradition that doesn't bear the familiar black/red colour schemes.  I checked Bob Truby and was satisfied to see that he doesn't have one

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Yes, but what's that pencil he is holding ....

I came across this picture in a random article, and all I can think of is : what is that pencil he's holding?  And what's the one on the desk
I have an idea. ...

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.