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 Tony Costello”, I noticed this statement:
He says it helps differentiate Faber-Castell from its competitors, much the same way a car company will manufacture and sell a handful of high-end sports cars while mass-producing a family coupe.
Hmm, here at pencil talk, we wrote in a post on June, 2008 regarding the perfect pencil:
This product started the line, and I think, was very important to the pencil industry, much in the way high end sports cars can stimulate overall car sales, though they themselves may sell in very small quantities.
Car industry metaphors, similes, and analogies are no doubt common today. We’d love to think the Count has read or been influenced by this blog, but that’s probably not the case.