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 not buy the Criterium in any shop in Denmark, but a salesman from a pencil manufacturer visited major companies and tried to get business. The fur house did not place an order, but my father had spotted the Criterium 2613 and negotiated with the salesman to let him buy the salesman’s sample. He wanted it for private drawing use, but the Criterium 2613 was part of a presentation box the salesman used when he was visiting possible customers. It all ended up with my father getting the pencil and the salesman writing back to France to get a new one for the sample box.
So this Criterium 2613 was originally part of a presentation kit, carried by a salesman in the mid sixties.
My father kept it for the rest of his life and used it a lot untill his death about five years ago.
I am using this Criterium 2613 a lot together with my other mechanical pencils, and if I am out of the house with only one pencil and a sketch book, this is the one.
Text and photos by Finn.