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?

105 Replies to “Sanford Noblot Ink Pencil 705”

  1. Hi…. i am in need of this pencil. Want them in urgent, if anyone knows where i can get them, please mail me the required details.

  2. I know this is a rediculously old article, but I use these pencils for scribing log homes. The Eberhard Faber ones are soooo expensive I use the Veritas and stabilo brands, they are still very expensive. I wish I could find the Eberhard ones for under $25 a piece.

  3. Great post
    And comment.
    Personally I would add to the topic a word of caution when painting over old signs. Check the paint to be repainted first,waterbased paints over waterbased paints is normally dependable.
    My experience with waterbased paints over oil based paints has results of a history of poor adhesion. It is also a well beaten path of trial and error,with a predictable outcome.
    The ” bottle of ink in a pencil” is a great product with proper application. I would hope the user would appreciate the best uses of the 705 mentioned.
    Using the pencil on the backside of a drawing and ironing over the drawing to transfer to another paper or cloth is one method I employ regularly. Its a great pencil for many uses.

  4. Hello, I know this is an old article but still I wanted to comment on.
    I still own two more of this pencils.
    I used them for drawing, and watercolor. I used watercolor paper and I honestly treated it like a watercolor pencil all this time, still knowing that is ink what it has.
    I show a recent watercolor drawing I did using this pencil.
    Is funny I came across this article because I was searching for a place to buy more.

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