Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Daler Rowney Artists Sketching

A very modern-looking pencil I thing. The paint is thin, and thinly applied which gives the pencil a 'green' feel to it, in the ecological sense of the word. The core is soft and wide, and clearly for sketching, not for writing.  The glossy black hood, and silver rim denote quality.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Cumberland Graphite

These are made by Derwent,who refer to them as every-day pencils. I suppose that's right, certainly they are not ambitious pencils, but they write perfectly well, these F grades being a little hard for me, I imagine the HB would be slightly kinder to write with. However the paint is solid, the silver cap is smart, if a little wrinkled and these pencils do the job asked of them

Thursday, 18 November 2010

More Cheap-and-Nasty Pencils

Well, that's it really. Cheap, and Nasty.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010


Bought in different shop in last few months, different brand names but otherwise identical.  These are cheap every-day pencils with scratchy core.  Presumably somewhere in China there is a pencil factory where someone amuses themselves by periodically changing the text being stamped on the pencils.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Royal Sovereign ~Wolffs' ~ Iron Duke ~ Hard Copying Pencils

This was a recent eBay purchase which I was very happy with! - it's a box of beautiful Brtish Pencils from early 20th Century.

The pencils are round, with lovely, rich blue-grey metallic colour, with delicate gold lettering, and factory-sharpened with a flat angle, giving a stubbier point than hand sharpening would yield.

And there is something VERY unusual about them: do you see what it is?

The text is right-handed on one side, and left handed on the other.  That's to say each pencil contains both right and left-handed text.  That's something I don't recall ever seeing before.

Here's some close-ups  (note to self, I need a macro lens for christmas, and to find some better way of lighting a pencil)

Stunning. The core is thick and black and is (I would guess) a H or F hardness.

The Iron Duke was of course the Duke of Wellington, victor over Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo, placing this pencil firmly in the tradition of military pencils popular in the US (Ticonderoga, General).

Many eBay purchases disappoint (more on that to come in future posts...) but this box I count as one of my best buys for a long time.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Eberhard Faber Van Dyke

Not a pencil that I have in my collection, unfortunately, but I was reminded of by the publicity surrounding the launch of the Palomino BlackWing last month.

Interesting to see another pencil with a pull-out and replacable eraser. I imagine pencil owners chopped up erasers to create a piece that would fit into the ferrule?  I wonder if the ferrules for these pencils were the same component, or manfactured centrally.

So, a question for pencil collectors - are there any other pencils, other than the Van Dyke and the Blackwing, with this feature? If you have an example of both, how do the ferrules compare?