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Midori Brass Bullet Pencil

Originating in the rural US Midwest, the classic bullet pencil is reinterpreted by Japanese stationer Midori.

This particular item is part of a larger series of brass products meant to be accessories to the highly popular “Traveler’s Notebook”.

The sample shown is almost brand new, yet already shows signs of tarnishing or […]

Penol Twin pencils

With many thanks to the kindness of blog reader Henrik (of Denmark), here is a box of Penol Twin 2011 double ended colour pencils.

Henrik tells me that Penol woodcase pencils are a brand revival. Penol seems to have done some regrouping, and are introducing older product lines, though these products are no longer […]

Dave’s Mechanical Pencils turns five

Congratulations to Dave’s Mechanical Pencils for a milestone fifth anniversary!

Dave’s blog is a wonderful and entertaining source for information about mechanical pencils.

Steinbeck’s favorite pencils

“My choice of pencils lies between the black Calculator stolen from Fox Films and this Mongol 2 3/8 F which is quite black and holds its point well—much better in fact than the Fox pencils. I will get six more or maybe four more dozen of them for my pencil tray.”

“Pencils must be round. […]

Tombow Mono block erasers

As a new pocket calculator tribute demonstrates, the Tombow Mono eraser is a design icon. It is also a mighty fine eraser. And similar to other successful products, the Mono has several brand “extensions”.

Looking just at the traditional block format erasers, here are five variants:

PE-04A, the basic Tombow Mono.

EN-MN, the […]

Handheld multisharpeners

A few ambitious handheld sharpeners attempt to offer multiple options.

Here are four.

Upper left: Kutsuwa T’GAAL Upper right: Kutsuwa K’ZOOL Lower left: Flute-like sharpener, name unknown Lower right: 5 steps pencil sharpener

The T’GAAL mainly moves a backstop, and slightly moves the (large) blade’s angle:

The K’ZOOL manipulates the angle of […]