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Dixon Ticonderoga Antimicrobial Pencils

On a recent trip to a department store, I found an unusual pencil offering – “Ticonderoga Antimicrobial Pencils with Microban antimicrobial product protection.” The package additionally says “Microban protection inhibits the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria.” The colour is hard for me to describe, but a hospital influenced muted grey seems roughly correct. [...]

Replacement Pencil Sharpener Blades

Pencil sharpeners are an essential pencil accessory. They keep the pencil pointed and usable. Yet they are frequently a frustration to use, splintering, chopping, and breaking pencils. Sometimes this is the fault of a cheap pencil. And sometimes it is the fault of the sharpener. The weak aspect of most portable sharpeners is the blade. [...]

Viarco ArtGraf

ArtGraf is a tablet of watersoluble graphite in a tin. While there are a few watersoluble graphite pencils and crayons on the market, this is the first larger format offering aimed at brush users that I’m aware of. Viarco, a small Portuguese pencil company that we’ve mentioned once before, introduced ArtGraf last year. The product [...]

Faber-Castell Perfection 7056 eraser pencil

Wow, perfection! Or, maybe not… The Perfection 7056 is a woodcase pencil format eraser from Faber-Castell. Unusual looking by pencil standards, it is a very lightly hued/pale (almost ash) woodcase pencil with a light pink eraser core. It walks and talks like a pencil – but acts like an eraser. The format provides convenience and [...]

Another Steno Pencil – the Hardtmuth “Steno” 550

In February, we looked at steno pencils from Staedtler and Faber-Castell. It turns out that there is at least one more steno pencil in the marketplace, the Hardtmuth “Steno” 550, made in Austria. With a smooth dark 2B lead, it is a contender, though the pencil appearance may not be everyone’s choice.

Pelikan seeking to acquire Faber-Castell?

A very interesting story appears in the Financial Times about the plans of high end pen maker Pelikan. Faber-Castell, Montblanc, and enterprises in North America and China are said to be on Pelikan’s acquisition list, though no transactions are confirmed. Pelikan itself may be going private. LINK: Pelikan in talks with Texas Pacific Group