Category Archives: Pencils

Less Waste—Longer Wear

Even slightly damaged this Eberhard Faber Mongol display is striking. I’m not sure if the white void on the right side is meant to be used for anything in particular (e.g. a retailer’s address) or if it is simply a … Continue reading

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Giger Counter

Tucked inside a skate park, and nearby the Centre d’Art Scénique Contemporain in Lausanne, Switzerland, is a small exhibition of works by the Swiss artist H.R. Giger. There were a handful of original prints and a piece or two of furniture, but … Continue reading

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Bleistifting in Bratislava

After waiting more than an hour for this music store in the historic district of Bratislava, Slovakia to reopen, I had to move on empty-handed. Perhaps I’ll find some manuscript paper elsewhere. However, a few doors down there was a … Continue reading

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Dutch Treat

A few hours to spend at Luchthaven Schiphol in Amsterdam, Netherlands. So naturally, and in order to blend in, I’m doing what I’m sure everyone else here must also be doing while they’re are waiting: looking into the etymology of the … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber: American Fine Art in Reproductions

One of the best ways to advertise the pencils you make is to show people the very things you can make with them. This portfolio from the Eberhard Faber Company is a collection of reproductions, created with their Van Dyke graphite … Continue reading

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A.W. Faber Castell Nr. 1233

Another ruler/straightedge made in Germany by A.W. Faber Castell. This one is about 12 inches long, which makes me wonder for which market it may have been made. A quick search revealed that Germany’s metrication began in 1872, but since this … Continue reading

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Three Points in Five Points

Waiting for some slices at Little Five Points Pizza in L5P, Georgia, allows for a few moments to jot down some notes. (You can see the restaurant’s exterior in the first photo on the Wikipedia page.) (Thanks to Memm for the Trinity College … Continue reading

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Have You Some Phlogiston?

Name that tune (the title of this post is a hint).

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“Grade? F.”

Even casual pencil users wonder from time to time about the numbers and letters stamped on the barrel that indicate the grade of its graphite. There is more than one explanation for those familiar Hs and Bs, not to mention No. 1s, 2s, and … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber No. 32

Eberhard Faber combination pencil and dip pen, ca. 1912.

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