Crayons en bois de cèdre plats. № 4387. A.W. Faber.

DSCF0019At first glance this appears to be a box of flat cedar refill pencils, such as the kind shown in two previous posts. This box was 1/4 gross and still has a bit of the padding on the inside top to protect the points.

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The refills have the same slightly curved profile as the other pocket pencils, and if you look closely you can see a very small taper at the opposite end, which accommodates being fitted into a holder:

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What’s amazing is that these refills are only about half the width of the “regular” flat pocket pencils, which are small enough to begin with. The smaller pencil has a width of about 5 mm and a height of about 2 mm:

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Pocket/waistcoat pencils and holders were already manufactured in a small form factor for the sake of convenience, so it’s hard to imagine how much more convenient-er these pencils are meant to be. Perhaps they were made for double-ended pencil/ink pens, but I haven’t seen one yet.

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