Further Cross-Ferrulizing


The Mongol 481 is an un-tipped pencil at birth but is here fitted with a clamp eraser, much like a Van Dyke. The Blackwing has a 1930s-era ferrule from an Eberhard Faber copying pencil. Those lengthy ferrules, once made of ivory, then bone, then eventually plastic and metal, allowed for users to place their messy (and ultimately poisonous) copying and indelible pencils in their mouths with aplomb.


Here are a few of my previous efforts in cross-ferrulizing from older posts, going back about four or five years (NB: all cross-ferrulized candidates are grain-fed, free-range pencils):

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7 Responses to Further Cross-Ferrulizing

  1. Sola says:

    As a proud owner of one of your re-ferrulizing efforts (as yet unsharpened), I must say you are a master! The result is immaculate. However one feels that a Blackwing is not quite itself without its ferrule…

    And ivory? Bone? Wow. I am quite speechless.


    • Sean says:

      Thanks, Sola.

      This longer ferrule on the Blackwing felt a little less blasphemous, but for the most part I agree — you shouldn’t mess with the 602’s lines.


  2. Gunther says:

    Beautiful! May I ask you where the silver ferrule on the 999 is from?


  3. Mephisto says:

    The Palomino HB with the Palomino Blackwing ferrule has been my favorite combination for some time now. Ever since I saw that combination on the Blackwing pages, I have done that to every Palomino HB I’ve used. Another “cross-ferruled” pencil I like using is a Palomino Blackwing Pearl with a Field Notes pencil ferrule. The green eraser is adds a nice touch to the pearlescent finished pencil.


  4. ninthwavedesigns says:

    I thought I was the only one who did this sort of thing. I feel so much better knowing I am not alone. Thanks!


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