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Mitsubishi Dermatograph 7600 paper wrapped pencil

A previous post took a look at paper wrapped pencils, specifically the ones known as grease markers or china markers. Did you know (and are you surprised?) that the Mitsubishi Pencil Company of Japan makes a grease pencil – and in a dozen, vibrant colours. The “Dermatograph” No. 7600, marked “For Glass, Metal, Plastics”, seems [...]

My father’s pencil, by Finn

Today, we have a special guest contribution from Finn of Copenhagen, Denmark: This Criterium 2613 has a special story. My late father worked as a maker of fine fur coats in a known fur house in Copenhagen as his day time job, and was a dedicated artist in his spare time. Back then you could [...]

Colleen Hi pierce pencil review

The Colleen Pencil Company probably isn’t well known as a major manufacturer by most readers of this blog. Ditto here. The company first came to my awareness via photos in the Pencils book from Marco Ferreri. Colleen’s Woods Pencils displayed a fantastic appreciation of the pencil, transforming a two century old manufacturing process with artistic [...]

Lyra Colorstripe pencils

As well as the Staedtler WOPEX, the 2009 Paperworld show saw another innovative pencil announced – the Lyra Colorstripe. This slightly oversized triangular colour pencil has a rounded rectangular core exposed on one side! The “stripe” (coated to preserve the pencil and your hands) is visible along the length of the pencil. The Colorstripe’s designer, [...]

Staedtler WOPEX pencil review

Almost a year ago, the 2009 Paperworld trade show saw industry giant Staedtler announce a new pencil technology called WOPEX (Wood Pencil Extrusion). While neither extruded pencils nor reconstituted wood products are brand new, the combination certainly is, and being backed and promoted by Staedtler, the WOPEX may become a major development in pencil history. [...]

On the web

Here are three items that caught my eye this weekend: 1. The Independent’s 50 best stationery items. I learned about some interesting UK businesses such as drafting supply manufacturer Blundell Harling and online store Pencils 4 Artists. I saw the story via papernation’s tweet. Papernation itself looks like a very interesting store. 2. Death of [...]