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mt masking tape fun

Well, I was wrong in thinking yesterday’s post was the last of the year. At Scription, there is an interesting post on using mt masking tape to change the look of a pencil. I love the effort, but I’m skeptical about how usable the resulting pencil becomes – is there an uncomfortable seam? What happens [...]

The year in pencils, and a few thoughts.

The pencil industry continued to see changes in 2009. In the US, the last American produced Dixon pencils disappeared from store shelves. Sanford meanwhile announced the end of their US production. (Dixon is owned by FILA, and Sanford is a division of Newell Rubbermaid.) Smaller firms General Pencil of New Jersey and Musgrave of Tennessee [...]

Field Notes and a Bullet Pencil

Internet sensation Field Notes probably need no introduction. Seen here with another agrarian rooted stationery supply – the bullet pencil – the notebooks are quirky, fun, and useful. What they don’t tell you is that these alternate versions like “Just Below Zero” don’t just have different colour covers – they have different colour rulings! To [...]

Kirin Thermo-Pencil

Snow, ice, and the temperature can be frequent topics of conversation in December. This temperature talk reminded me of an interesting pencil from Kirin, a smaller Japanese pencil manufacturer. The rectangular pencil has a small thermometer attached. The side of the pencil is marked: Kirin Japan/Japon NEC-42 HB The finish is very nice – a [...]

Felissimo 500 Color Pencils – 3rd set

Who likes purple? Felissimo’s 3rd pencil set is out, and again has a specific focus. I think it may be the nicest set yet! Twenty-five shades of purple beckoning! Congratulations to Felissimo for recent mentions on the December 8th Martha Stewart Show, in the New York Times Gift Guide, and many other locations. Finally, a [...]

Camlin Drawing Pencils

Camlin is a leading pencil manufacturer of India with origins dating back to 1931. Their products are not available in Canada or anywhere close, and I would like to express my gratitude to hemmant for sending these pencils to me. (hemmant, I love the urban grittiness of the Chicago “L” train. I’ve taken it but [...]