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Staedtler Mars Lumograph 2886 pencil

The predecessor of Staedtler’s iconic Mars Lumograph 100 is the Mars Lumograph 2886. According to, this particular box may date from the late 1950s.

The lid has some compelling graphics:

Half a century old, only the design indicates the age of these pencils:

The “A” in “STAEDTLER” appears to be formed […]

Frank Gehry custom edition Moleskine

The weekend before last, I spent a very enjoyable afternoon at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Visits to this art gallery are always great, but experiencing the refurbished building by architect Frank Gehry seemed to take everything to a new level. Even walking through a hallway was an amazing thrill.

At the end […]

Seven Argentinian red and blue pencils

Seven red and blue pencils from Argentina. They are:

Eberhard Faber Van Dyke 2000. Note the unusual stripe pattern. Hexagonal, oversized.

Eberhard Faber Hevi-Check 6540. Round.

Johann Faber “Alligator” Copiativo. Round red and blue copying pencil.

Pax bicolor. Hexagonal.

Faber-Castell 737. Hexagonal.

Consul Bicolor. Hexagonal.

Eberhard Faber Van Dyke 2000. Hexagonal, oversized.


Berol Handwriting pencil

The Berol Handwriting pencil come to us from Sanford UK, a division of Newell Rubbermaid. The Berol name remains active in the UK and other countries. The Berol history at that link is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in pencil and fountain pen corporate history.

Please see Handschriftbleistift (a great name) at Lexikaliker […]

Tombow 8900 pencil and Victorinox pen knife

A delightful accessory, this pen knife by Victorinox sports the colours of the Tombow 8900 pencil.

The 8900 is a general purpose pencil whose packaging continues to use traditional graphics.

What a great idea! Tombow was founded in 1913, so they have a big anniversary approaching – I’m sure we’ll see more […]

Pre-production pencils

A fortunate side benefit of this blog has been an occasional request to evaluate pre-production pencils. I thought some readers might like to see a few genuine pre-production pencils:

The pencils shown don’t have many distinguishing surface characteristics – because they are pre-production. No product name has yet been chosen, let alone a […]