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

Thursday, 2 June 2016

JP Alibert's Graphite Mine in Siberia

Here's one of my favourite pencils - an old A.W. Faber pencil, containing graphite from the famous mine established in Siberia by Jean-Pierre Alibert.
I guess the pencil is nineteenth century. The edges are very sharp and it's in good condition.  I have two of them