The growth of online stores, auctions, and selling forums has resulted in many benefits for pencil end users, including the ability to discover unusual products. Here is an example.
How many people outside of Malaysia knew that Staedtler made a red and blue pencil?
The traditional red and blue format survives, yet I’ll bet very few people would know where to find one. I suspect that in most markets, not a single brick and mortar store carries such an item.
Certainly this particular pencil is a surprise – why is it so “beneath the radar”? From a major manufacturer, it would command a market simply due to the brand.
So there are a few things different – the tradition name, usually written with the lower case t, has graduated to using a majuscule T.
The markings are also a bit un-Staedtler – no bar code, just the text, “Staedtler Tradition 118-2/3”. 2/3? 2/3 of what? And the imprints don’t seem to be of top quality.
The red and blue markings do seem to be nicely merged with the traditional tradition branding.
And finally – why the tradition line? How does this variant relate to the 110 pencil?
The Malaysian made (according to the box) pencils are a nice oversize hexagonal shape, and function well. The line seems a bit dry while richly pigmented – nicely tuned for writing. I look forward to using them.
P.S. This is the 500th post at pencil talk.