Category Archives: Pencils
Name that tune (the title of this post is a hint).
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
Eberhard Faber combination pencil and dip pen, ca. 1912.
Dixon’s Ticonderoga is another one of those pencils that seems to have been around forever, along with the Eberhard Faber Mongol and the Faber-Castell Castell 9000. Because of its long history there have been many versions and varieties, but this pre-war example is … Continue reading
From July 9th to October 19th 1986, there was an exhibition at the Faber-Castell castle (schloss), celebrating the company’s 225th anniversary. This book accompanied the exhibit. The bookmark in the following photo didn’t come with the book, but seems as … Continue reading
This pencil by Eberhard Faber is another reminder that there must be hundreds (if not thousands) of great pencils that are lost to history. The Public 2500 No. 2 is unfinished as far as I can tell, comes without a tip, … Continue reading
Up until this point I’ve only ever tried Tombow’s MONO 100 but there are several others in the same line, including the MONO, MONO-R, MONO-J, and the MONO-RS to name a few. I can’t speak to the others but the … Continue reading
I don’t go in much for mechanical pencils but of the four or five that I own, these flat-lead pencils (sometimes called “flat-ribbon lead pencils”) are very interesting. They are both examples of the A.W. Faber-Castell TK 9600: The one in … Continue reading