Staedtler Mars Duralar

From deep inside the pencil talk vaults, the Staedtler Mars Lumograph Duralar.

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

The box shows many signs of age. The half gross of 2830 pencils are in the K3 grade.

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

Despite many advancements in the ability to render images, modern graphics are less detailed than this 20th century beauty:

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

The box has some printed material:

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

No complaints necessary! We love these pencils.

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

Also an ad for a sharpener:

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

Unfortunately an overhead tree took away some of the focus:

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

The gold trim is very nice:

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

Nice lettering:

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

The insert is beautiful, and could probably be made into an excellent bookmark if printed on heavier paper:

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

The bottom piece of paper has tables of pencil grade recommendations:

Staedtler Mars Duralar 1830 pencil

6 Replies to “Staedtler Mars Duralar”

  1. Great to find such hidden treasure way down the back of the vault. I see what you mean about the insert, it looks fantastic.

  2. Fabulous – you could sell tickets just to see these.
    I love the translation on the advert “prevents squandering of material” is just priceless.
    I wonder what happened to ExExB and ExB grades.

  3. This is a pencil intended for use on drafting film. Each manufacturer seems to have used their own prefix letter – E, K, S, N, etc. in combination with a numeral for this pencil type. K3 is in the middle of Staedtler’s K1 … K5 range, with K1 being the softest. Some claim K1 is equivalent to an F.

    And see here for a little more on EE (and related) grade pencils:

    http://www.penciltalk.org/tag/ee-pencil

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