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Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil – 3

We’ve looked at the plastic and aluminum perfect pencils – today we’ll look at the silver-plate version. My sense is that Faber-Castell is withdrawing their silver-plate products, probably for some of the reasons that we’ll see in this article. First, let me acknowledge that I don’t have an anti-tarnish regime, and have not thought much [...]

Chicago Tribune article

There is an article about pencils at the Chicago Tribune today. There are brief interviews with a number of well known people. Link: Lowly pencil still the write tool

Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil – 2

Next in our “Perfect Pencil” series, we are going to look at the Design Perfect Pencil, which features an aluminum pencil extender. It is typically sold in a paper and plastic box with the extender and three of the refill pencils. The product is interesting in itself, and also an intermediate step between the plastic [...]

Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil – 1

This article is the first in a series on Faber-Castell’s “Perfect Pencil” line. The Perfect Pencil is a pencil extender with a clip. Newer versions also have a built in sharpener. The mechanisms and materials vary through the product range. Today we’ll look at the basic model, the Castell Perfect Pencil. Sold loose or in [...]

Red and Blue pencils IV – Viarco

Must a successful pencil manufacturing business be part of a multinational conglomerate? Is there any room for smaller firms in the current marketplace? Many of us may not have heard of Viarco. They are a 94 year old pencil company from João da Madeira, Portugal, who produce a wide range of pencils – writing pencils, [...]

200th post

This is the two hundredth post at pencil talk. The site is hard to locate in online search engines and directories, but I’m glad that you’ve found it! A few thoughts about the site: Some network hardware that connects to the web server was recently replaced, and I expect that the site will experience much [...]