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Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705

Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705

It has been over two years since we last looked at a copying pencil.

The Sanford Noblot, like the Koh-I-Noor Kopierstifte 1561, appears to be a regular graphite pencil, writing with a traditional “black lead” core.

There are still several copying pencils on the market with coloured leads, but the Noblot is the last one I’m aware of in the graphite style.

It is a handsome pencil, with silver lettering on a luminous grey barrel, and a metal cap.

It also has a slogan on the reverse side : “A Bottle of Ink in a Pencil”.

Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705

The obverse reads “Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705”.

Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705

If you look carefully, you can see an impressed remnant of the Eberhard Faber heritage: “Woodclinched U.S.A.”.

Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705

As a pencil, it seems a bit cheap and scratchy. It is definitely an indelible pencil, trouncing the erasure attempts of even the Staedtler Mars plastic.

To test the copying quality, I drew (imperfectly) a circle on a sheet of Bloc Faf paper.

Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705

I then wet the paper revealing a rich cobalt blue:

Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705

With tissue and other paper types, I’m afraid that I couldn’t pick up much more than a smudge of blue. I’m curious about the exact paper choices and water application techniques that would be required to use the pencil as a working copying pencil.

Do you use this pencil? What do you use it for, and how do you use it?

102 comments to Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705

  • We think the Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705 is one of the best ones to mark plaster casts. We bought some 10 years ago while we were in the USA. Now we are in Brasilia, Brazil. How could we buy some more pencils?

  • Sunny Steinkuhler

    This is one of the most imcredible pencils in the world. I use it for sketching, and then give it a fine misting of water over all. It is an amazing look. Sometimes I spray enough water to make the ink drip…that also is amazing. My old supply is running out, I, too, would like to know where I could buy some more pencils…?

  • Wes DeKam

    I’ve used these for many years in construction for marking on wood. They are great for marking cut lines on wet wood when working outdoors. Care must be used in sharpening as the chips stain concrete etc.
    My stock ran out and I, too have been searching for replacements.

  • michael kapelow

    I have a limited supply of nobility 705 for purchase. They are $15 per pencil plus shipping. If you are interested leave another comment

  • Dan dreisbach

    What is nobility 705 What i am looking for Sanford noblot 705 “bottle of ink in a pencil” Is this what you have ? Send photo. Thanks, Dan

  • Michael Kapelow

    it was a typo. they are sandford noblot 705 ink in a pencil.

  • Sad to see people trying to push the Noblot into Blackwing territory. offer a variety of Noblot-style ink pencils at a much more reasonable price. Anyone looking to get more ink pencils might be better to try these for one-tenth the price than pay outrageous money for a single Noblot.

  • Dan dreisbach

    Please contact me at

  • Michael Kapelow

    last time i checked this is a free market society. no one is forced to buy anything at any price. in any case none of those other pencils come close to the quality and reliability of the sandford noblot 705 just like apples to oranges. besides, on ebay you can purchase them for $25 a piece. thanks for your interest

  • Michael Kapelow: Yes, it’s a free-market, but I’m also free to comment on your attempt to sell them at grossly inflated prices. Unless the only freedom you value is the freedom to sell at a massive markup…?

    I presume you’ve actually tried the alternatives, and aren’t just trashing them to discourage others from trying them?

  • Michael Kapelow

    i’ll try to answer all your comments: i know from personal experience in many industries products are marked up thousands of percentage points and its a norm starting from the dollar stores to light and heavy industries. i’ll be the last person to discourage anyone from trying anything. to answer your question i have tried the replacement pencils, european made pencils, even pencils sold by lee valley, none of them mark as well and as permanent as what is required in my line of work. nothing comes close to the noblot 705. just like you i’m trying to find a product that is compatible to noblot 705 for my purpose. i do not know what would be an inflated price-look at the price of oil and gold. thanks i do appreciate your comments and respect your opinion

  • Alex Amoo-Dennis

    Please could you assist me to find sanford no blot ink pencil (705)I need a large quantity.
    I trust that you will reply soon.
    Thanks for your assistance.
    Kind Regards
    Alex Amoo-Dennis

  • Michael Kapelow

    how many pencils are you looking for? i have a limited supply and they are $15 each plus shipping. if you are still interested, leave a message

  • […] because some Comrades, like myself, have mourned the loss of the No Blot indelible pencil (see here and here for more No Blot info), and the newer Pencil Things Select indelible pencil really is a […]


    I have the original Eberhart (German Noblot 705) prior to purchase by Sanford. Limited supply. These are the best indelible pencils ever made. I can let them go for $25.00 each. If anyone has a problem with the price I am sorry. I spent a good bit of money to purchase these and will let some go that I do not need. The price is simply a matter of supply and demand as well as the quality of these pencils.

  • D Simmons

    I need to purchase 12 to 25 of these pencils.

  • Michael Kapelow

    to D Simmonds,
    I have a limited supply of Sandford Noblot 705 selling for $15 each. if you are interested you can email me at



    If you want to contact me my email address is



  • Tracy Blue

    Can these still be purchased anywhere?

  • Michael Kapelow

    These pencils are not being manifactured (noblot 705) anymore. the only way you can get these specific ones are from those who already have them. I have a limited supply for sale if you are interested


    I have 100 or so for sale.

  • Michael Kapelow

    I have these pencils and they are $15 each plus shipping


    As I said I have 100 plus of these pencils and I will lower my price to $13.00 plus shipping.

  • Liam

    Robert Do you have any of the Eberhard NOBLOT pencils remaining for sale.

  • Michael Kapelow

    I also have a limited supply of the noblot 705 pencils for sale if you are interested

  • Sheri

    To Robert, Do you have an email address? I would like to purchase a few pencils from you


    Post your email and I will get back with you.

  • Michael Kapelow

    The stock of sanford noblot 705 pencils I have are made in the USA not in Germany and I am willing to lower my price to $12 plus shipping. If anyone is interested you can email me at


    Michael you must need some cash. I stand firm with my $13.00 price as the Germans are known for their superior manufacturing. Plus this IS the original!

  • Michael Kapelow

    Robert I thought your original price was $25. So I guess you need the money more than I do. I also Like to support the american worker instead of foreign ones

  • Edward

    I was in a local family owned printer and office supply this morning. I found a display jar that had eleven Sanford NOBLOT INK PENCIL 705 pencils. Bought them all for a good price. Enlarged the collection.


    Sorry Michael, didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. Glad I dropped price to $13.00. Sold 100 the next day.

  • Scott D

    Has anyone found a suitable replacement for the 705 for use on plaster?


    Scott D.
    I am a prosthetist/orthotist and myself, like dentists use these pencils everyday on plaster. The original 705’s. I reacted to Michael Kapelow’s sales price reduction and let alot of these pencils go for $13.00.
    As I use these daily and need to keep some I a have a few left over. I can let you have up to 50 pencils for $17.00 each.
    These are the original Eberhart Pencils. These are from Germany before the US company bought them out. I use them daily.
    BTW are you in the same field as myself?

  • Michael Kapelow

    Scott D
    Regarding the noblot 705 pencils, as you’ve seen on this site I have some of these pencils, like Robert. They are the original 705 made in the USA. Just like you I use them to write on plaster and stone when its dry. If you are interested I’ll sell you some at $12 each plus shipping but after you the price will go up. If you are interested message me back and If you have any questions feel free to ask

  • Sheri

    I need to purchase a couple of the noblot 705 pencils for my husbands birthday, he is in the othotic industry, can someone give me a good price?

  • Missy

    Hi, I am looking to order some of the Sanford Noblot ink pencils #705. Please email me if you have any available at a reasonable price. thanks!

  • Michael Kapelow

    Hi, I am selling the noblot 705 pencils for $12 plus shipping. if you are interested you can email me at

  • Missy

    I am interested in purchasing alot of the noblot 705 pencils, If anyone has any please email me at

  • Hello,

    We have great indelible pencils Adel. They have fantastic feedback from dental technicians. Minimum quantity we can sell is 12 pencils and each pencil cost £1.85+tax.
    Please contact me if you would like to buy trial pencils.
    Please e mail me to

  • lisa

    Does anyone still have the #705 available for purchase?

  • Douglas


    I work in oral pathology and we use the Noblot pencil 705’s for writing on tissue that is usually wet. I purchased some replacements off ebay but the led on the new pencils is hard and doesnt work as well as whats left of the old pencil.
    I need a good replacement option if anyone has any ideas. Blue or purple, indelible through alcohols, xylene, soft led.


    I have original 705’s for sale. Replacements do not work.

  • Robert….How many do you have and what price are you asking. I don’t need a lot as they last me a long time. I have a Prosthetics company and we haven’t found anything that works nearly as well for our work with plaster. Thanks


    I am also a Prosthetist-Orthotist. When I found out a couple of years ago that SPS bought up the remaining supply of the 705’s I found a source and hoarded these things. I spent way more than I should. I know it sounds expensive but I paid $10.00 a pencil. I am asking $15.00 now as I have sold over 200 of them. How many do you need?

  • Jai Doe

    Michael Kapelow, how can you have ‘original’ NoBlot pencils that are made in the US if the original company was German, that’s like saying I have an original VW beetle made in mexico… if it isn’t made in the original location then it isn’t original. something as simple as a change in water can have a significant effect on the end product, Budweiser is a good example the original czech bud being vastly superior to the cheap, nasty american so-called original. you seriously need to do some research before attempting to charge such a ridiculous amount for an ink pencil too, considering the derwent ink pencils are vastly superior than the american noblots and compare favorably with the GERMAN originals and only cost a few £ each, oh by the way I know what I am talking about seeing as I use these daily outdoors in truly horrid conditions at times as a carpenter and bodger (green wood worker) and the only thing to come close is a chinagraph pencil


    I have the original German Pencils.

  • Sara Kate

    I would very much like to purchase a few pencils. Please email me if you have any at Thanks!

  • monali

    I am also in search for noblot ink pencil 705.
    If anyone has a fair deal, please mail me on

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