Let’s continue our look at the pencils of France.
It was over three years ago that we saw the Bic/Conté Evolution pencil. How time flies! This website has certainly grown quite a bit since then. (As has my pencil accumulation.)
The Evolution is apparently a favourite of the author of the remarkable La Vie Graphite.
In 2006, I would have said non-wood pencils were a non-starter in the marketplace, but a recent visit to a university bookstore showed rolled-paper pencils being promoted front and centre, as examples of environmentally-friendly supplies! Many past pencil talk commentators have doubted such claims.
The Conté Evolution Triangle is a variant of the Evolution, offered in an oversize rounded triangle format, in a 140mm length (about 3/4 as long as a standard pencil). It appears to be made from the same extruded plastic as the standard Evolution.
I love the format – it is a very practical, and the pencil is easily held.
It has a consistent though light line. When pressed firmly, the line darkens considerably. Like similar pencils, it has some flex.
Some modern details regarding the Conté brand will be mentioned in a future post.
My thanks for Gunther from Lexikaliker for sending me this pencil.
Further reading: Official product page.