Category Archives: Pencils

“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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A Dixon Ticonderoga

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

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The Good Old Days

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Anniversaries (5) Das Bleistiftschloss

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

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Public 2500

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

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MONO-R

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

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Flat-Lead Pencil

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

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Replacement Parts

There’s a pronounced inequity when it comes to the two components of a tipped wood-cased pencil: The pencil itself could survive for centuries and still work as well, while the eraser would have long-since become part of the fossil record. … Continue reading

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Anniversaries (4)

From 1911, a notice from a Canadian stationery trade magazine announcing the 150th anniversary of A.W. Faber. Two things of interest: the absence of “Castell” in the firm’s name, and the veritable symphony, of commas, found in, the first, sentence … Continue reading

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