The Dixon Oriole pencil and an unusual sharpener
Does anyone remember the Dixon Oriole?
The official product page calls them a “first-rate commercial grade woodcase pencil offered at an economical price”.
Hmmm, “commercial grade”.
Well I ordered them online after finding a store that had some older US made stock. Or so I thought. I should have known what was coming – the photo and description were out of date, and I was sent newer Chinese made Orioles.
Unfortunately, the pencils seem quite third rate to me – the lead is very scratchy and rough, and the paint finish on some has ridges of bubbles which go beyond being a cosmetic problem – they make the pencil uncomfortable to grip. I do like the font.
Am I being harsh? Perhaps they aren’t meant for writing. They are certainly fine for rough marking purposes.
So about the sharpener. From Möbius + Ruppert we have a three hole sharpener in unfinished aluminum. Each opening has a different length blade. What is this sharpener for?
Take a look at this post at the Bundoki Stationery blog. I’m obviously not the only person amused or confused.
With the Oriole, I got a reasonable result in one opening, a lead corkscrew effect in another, and the third would not sharpen the pencil at all. (See top photo.)
Does anyone know the story behind this sharpener?
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