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Charlie Brown’s pencil pal

Charlie Brown had a pencil pal. This pencil pal was originally a pen pal, but Charlie Brown had a lot of troubles with his fountain pen and started to use a pencil, occasionally making attempts to pick up the pen habit. The story line appears over a decade or more. According to Peanuts Wiki, a [...]

Wagner Pencil Co.

Have you heard of the Wagner Pencil Co.? Based in Bakewell, Tennessee, they are mentioned in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for achieving an industrial safety award. The safety award is impressive, but for pencil talk readers, the story of this company is probably even more interesting. I admit to not having previously heard of [...]

Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil – 8

A regular gripe regarding Faber-Castell’s perfect pencils, even the basic plastic version, has been regarding the price. I don’t disagree, yet also note that there don’t appear to be many alternatives. KUM has tried to offer an extender, and there are some artisan made extender caps in Japan, but Faber-Castell’s products are the only items [...]

Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil – 7

One more perfect pencil. It looks like the original green plastic version has been updated. The newer version has some minor cosmetic differences and a major functional difference – the pencil is now held in the extender by friction or tension, rather than a screw on mechanism. It is also offered in Japan in a [...]

Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil – 6

Almost two years ago, I thought I had written my last word on Faber-Castell’s fantastic Perfect Pencil series. Well, quite unexpectedly, I recently saw an unusual variant. I think I recall it or something similar from about a decade ago, and I definitely recall a recent post at Lung Sketching Scrolls about this edition. The [...]

Stabilo Opéra pencil

At just 155 years old, Stabilo is the youngster among the Nuremberg (Nürnberg) pencil companies – Faber-Castell is the eldest at 249, and Lyra and Staedtler are in the middle at 204 and 175 respectively. A pencil maker in origin, Stabilo now includes cosmetic products and backpacking gear in their corporate umbrella. Their stationery products [...]