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Porsche Design P’3120 mechanical pencil

The pencil has all the design oomph one would expect from Porsche Design and Faber-Castell.

pencils.com relaunched

The pencils.com domain was registered on March 20, 1996, according to Network Solutions Inc. The registration expires in 2015, so owner California Cedar Products is definitely thinking in the long term. Usually the top result when searching for “pencils” in online directories and search engines, the site has been redesigned and relaunched. I was fortunate [...]

Lyra Mega Liner highlighting pencil

A specialty pencil for highlighting, the Lyra Mega Liner 96 is a woodcase pencil with a fluorescent wax core. It is oversized, with an oversized core. I have yellow and blue versions, but it also comes in green, orange, and pink. The diameter is about 11mm, so they just fit in most large hole sharpeners. [...]

Spangle pencils

California Republic Stationers recently announced some oversized pencils aimed at children: the Mini Jumbo, the Mini Jumbo Triangular, and the Jumbo. Made in Thailand, the pencils are part of the discount Spangle line. The pencils are brightly coloured, and have a heavy solid feel. They also have a fairly strong paint aroma. Strong enough that [...]

Erasers: The Pink Pearl, the Staedtler Mars plastic, and others.

Let’s take a look at some popular pencil erasers. When I’m taking notes at a meeting, I rarely use an eraser. There just isn’t time. I strike out the error, and carry on. But at my desk or at home, the ability to correct one’s writing, charts, and drawings is a major benefit of the [...]

Technical difficulties

There have been a few intermittent technical issues with the site the past few days. I hope they will soon be resolved!