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Gripsharp pencil sharpener

New pencil accessories aren’t introduced too often, so I was quite intrigued to learn about the Gripsharp. It resembles one of those rubber ‘ergonomic’ grips that some people prefer for gripping thin writing instruments. You put the pencil in, start sharpening, and leave the Gripsharp in place. Put another way, you sharpen away the wood, [...]

Moleskine Project Planner

Talk about long accordion folds of paper! The Moleskine Project Planner is essentially a long zig-zag folded piece of paper inside the familiar Moleskine exterior – black cover, elastic band, pocket inside the back cover. I would say it is very unusual, presenting a linear unbroken view of the calendar year. There are some problems, [...]

An interesting coincidence

First, happy Thanksgiving to pencil talk readers in the United States! The last two posts were about Faber-Castell pencils. I was doing some further research and came across a recent article in the New York Post: The pencil count. Apart from being a very unusual interview with Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, e.g., “Call me [...]

Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche pencils

There were some queries about a particular pencil shown in the previous post. That pencil of interest is the Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche pencil. Recently introduced, it is a round pencil with a diameter of about 8.15mm, with a very intricate finish. It is presented in a modest but pleasing cardboard box: For those seeking [...]

Faber-Castell – 21st century pencil manufacturer

This is almost an accidental post. While arranging some office supplies, I noticed that I had accumulated a few of Faber-Castell’s “special” pencils – their design series pencils, the Graf von Faber-Castell pencils, and “perfect pencil” refills. Individually, they are all nice, but together they display an amazing array of achievement in modern pencil manufacturing. [...]

Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks

Here are two Leuchtturm notebooks. One sourced in Canada, one in France. Leuchtturm (meaning “lighthouse”) is a German philately and numismatic supply company founded in 1917. Among their offerings are specialty supplies for collectors – a particular item I find very intriguing is an album for collecting the metal capsules that crown Champagne corks! Who [...]