The Paperworld trade show in Frankfurt am Main is a major international trade show and the venue for a multitude of product announcements from stationery manufacturers.
To my surprise and delight, the pencil industry is in focus this year thanks to some attending pencil bloggers.
First and foremost, a post from Lexikaliker has highlighted a really interesting new sharpener from Westcott. As well, the famed El Casco sharpener, and an entire new pencil category – an extruded woodcase pencil from Staedtler, the “WOPEX”. It seems the pencil layers – lead core, wood casing, paint varnish – are all extruded in a finished format. Quite amazing.
A second report shows the LYRA Colorstripe and Faber-Castell horsehair pen. This pen has already been discussed online. But a comment at Lexikaliker was the funniest – the 5000 Euro price should surely include the horse!
Stationery from our friends at Bundoki – has had eight posts on Paperworld.
Amusing giant pillar-sized pens, new finishes from Kaweco, and even more children’s specialty writing implements are among the items they mentioned.
[Update, February 4, 2009] A third post at Lexikaliker showcases some new Staedtler products.
[Update, February 6, 2009]< The Timberlines report on the show has appeared.