Friday, 28 May 2010

I buy and swap pencils

If you have brand name pencils to sell, or to swap I am interested

Buying - I buy brand name writing pencils in all quantities including singles, boxes or entire collections

Swaps - I am working on my catalog and duplicate list... but don't wait, if you would like to swap contact me

Do you collect advertising pencils? I have very large numbers, in many themes and I would be interested in swapping these for brand name writing pencils, possibly even many-for-one.

Pencils of special interest
- any pencils, new or old, from any country outside US and Europe. I have very few Indian, South American or Asia-Pacific pencils and would be very interested in more
- left-handed pencils (where the text runs from cap to tip)
- old pencils

Monday, 24 May 2010

Communist Era Pencil

Narodni Podnik translates as National Enterprise. I am not sure if that counts as a brand. The pencil is unsharpened so I couldn't test it, but the production values evident in the finish don't promise much.
Bought - Prague 2010

Monday, 17 May 2010

Koh-i-Noor British Graphite

A pair of interesting pencils. The sharp edges, as well as the intriguing text, suggest they are fairly old.

British Graphite?  I wonder where that came from, the old graphite mines in Cumbria were exhausted long before these pencils were made.

They bring to mind another pair of pencils in my collection that mention the source of the graphite they contain - the infinitely more glamorous Alibert mines in Siberia. I will hunt them out and put a picture here soon

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Often Imitated

At work this morning I opened my desk drawer and spotted a pencil that looked very like the old Mars Lumograph I posted earlier this week: a MAJISCULE, a blatant copy of the Lumograph colour scheme.

I wondered how many other Lumograph look-a-likes I had in my collection, and a five minute search revealed these:

I guess it's a compliment to be copied.

Here you can see

  • MAJUSCULE H (a cheap pencil, bought in the UK)
  • MARS-LUMOGRAPH (UK, pretty standard)
  • MARS-LUMOGRAPH (Germany, left-handed)
  • MARS-DURALAH (a permanent marking pencil)
  • Paramount Diamond Drawing (I have no idea where I got this from)
I note that
  • Only one of these pencils uses lower case letters
  • Arnold, Paramount and Majiscule are all unknown to Bob Trudy I am doing well for unusual pencils in this blog so far :-)

Wednesday, 12 May 2010


An old Mars-Lumograph - the design has hardly changed since this was made - except that the font on this pencil is more serifed than modern Lumographs. Note that this is a left-handed pencil (text runs from head to tip) as indeed are many Staedlters
Purchased Prague 2010

Monday, 10 May 2010

L&C Hardtmuth Packaging

Bought in a junk shop in Prague, it is packaging for German markets,as revealed by the reverse. No hint of date.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Mephisto Pencils

In Prague I bought a number of Hardtmuth Mephisto pencils

Many, but not all, appear in Bob Truby's on-line catalog

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Good Intentions

This blog is new! I plan to post about once a week. If you were quick off the mark last month you may have seen some of my test posts, they will return.  Regular posing will commence as soon as Google starts indexing this site..

About the pencil: it's a large diameter, triangular school pencil. Linex, is that rare thing: a brand not listed on Bob Trudy's site. Google tells me the brand belongs to Bantex, an Australian company. I bought the pencil (it is new) in Prague.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Pencils from Prague

A brief holiday in Prague last week was enhanced by a very successful haul of old pencils. Just across Legii Most: a junk shop evidently sourced from house clearances and amongst the normal coins, china furniture and so on - some pencils. Most @5kc each, some @10Kc.  To the evident astonishment of the owner I bought almost all of them, and here they are

Prague Haul

Over the next few weeks I plan to write about some of the pencils I bought in this shop.


I started collecting pencils in the 1970s. It was a fairly random choice: I wanted to collect something, pencils were cheap and there are many different ones. Now I have 1000s

To begin with my focus was on places: the pencils were a momento of places we visted. Over time my interests changed and now I collect mainly brand name writing pencils.

This is a blog about collecting and about my collection.