Category Archives: Pencils

Eberhard Faber: Black Chalk Artist’s Sketching Crayons

Not quite pencils, but close enough. Eberhard Faber’s Artist’s Sketching Crayons came in a smart-looking folding case that closed with a snap. They were available in two grades: soft and medium soft. I don’t know when they were first offered, but … Continue reading

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Oh, Irma

That was my favorite umbrella, too. She’s not here yet, but there are squalls before the storm. Just a quick post while electricity remains. Good thing pencils float.

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Pencil Sample Books

Based on some of the comments from the previous post, I’ve gathered together a few examples of pencil sample books and sample folders. They used to come in a great variety of shapes and sizes during their heyday, including samplers … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber: Red & Blue. And Red. And Blue.

There have been some interesting posts about red & blue pencils lately, such as these posts from Pencils and Other Things, as well as these two posts from Lexikaliker. I don’t have very many examples to share, but here are a few that I … Continue reading

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Tombow MONO Air

A tiny eraser… …that comes with an even tinier magnet… …is less likely to grow legs and walk away: Thanks to Yumiko for the Tombow MONO Air.

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A.W. Faber Polygrades: Old and New

In honor of Lothar von Faber’s 200th birthday, Faber-Castell has released a limited edition set of Polygrade pencils. Though it’s all too common today, von Faber was the first to offer a set with pencils of varying grades; some included an … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber: Sole Agent for A.W. Faber in New York

Having completed his law studies in Germany, Johann Eberhard Faber moved to America in 1848. He had spent the previous six months working for the family concern, A.W. Faber, and it was decided he would run the office being established … Continue reading

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Graf von Faber-Castell: A Change Of Era And A Black Perfect Pencil

On the second page of the new Graf von Faber-Castell catalog there is an interesting image: a black version of the Perfect Pencil along with a black pocket pencil. What’s more, considering the size of the lead this appears to … Continue reading

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The Alpheus Music Writer

For Percival it was the Holy Grail; Dr. Kimble, the one-armed man. For Ponce de Leon? To find the Fountain of Youth; for Cantor, to map the Continuum. Me? The Alpheus Music Writer. Alpheus Music of Hollywood, California, was in … Continue reading

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