I hope blog readers are aware that some effort goes into finding unusual and high quality pencils to write about. They unfortunately don’t just fall out of an office supply cabinet. While there have been some successes in the last three years, we’ve also really just scratched the surface.
As an example of the challenge, much of the “official” catalogue of American manufacturers Dixon, Sanford, General, and Musgrave is inaccessible to me, yet these companies are relatively close. But at least their leading products are available.
There are many more pencil manufacturers serving national or regional customer bases that engage in little or no export activity. There are also national offices of the large conglomerates who make their own interesting pencils, such as Sanford Venezuela, Faber-Castell Brazil, and Staedtler Thailand.
To try and get more coverage of international pencils, I would like to invite readers who regularly use Pax, Tomsk, Fila, Hindustan, Viarco, Shahsons, Colleen, or any other brand not usually seen at this site, to write a review or story about pencils of interest, for publication here. You can contact me by email to discuss details.