This is the first pencil in this series that specifies a country of manufacture, and the only one with a name associating it with a specific region.
The Staedtler Australia website proudly mentions a number of made in Australia pencils, including the pacific.
This pencil has a red varnish, with gold stamping that reads:
AUSTRALIA Staedtler pacific HB
The obverse has a black barcode. The cap is unfinished.
The varnish is quite thin. This is more than just an aesthetic issue – a thick varnish protects pencils from dings and dirt, and creates a more uniform surface and hence a more consistent grip.
The pencil itself is useable, but the lead is scratchy, and as we’ll soon see, there are some much nicer pencil choices available down under.