Happy New Year to all readers!
In the lazy days between Christmas and New Year, a very interesting package arrived, thanks to frequent pencil talk commenter futural.
The former Eberhard Faber company had a complicated global footprint. We see that in the patchwork ownership of the name today. We also know the Mongol remains a popular pencil brand in the Phillipines.
Some news – the Eberhard Faber Mongol 482 pencil also lives on in Colombia! Produced by “Eberhard Faber de Colombia” (no references to Sanford or Newell-Rubbermaid on the packaging), futural tells me that the bar code reveals a Peruvian origin. How interesting – Woodchuck from CalCedar has said the Mongol has been made in Venezuela, and more recently by Marco in China.
Whatever the details, the Colombian Mongol definitely appears to be different than the modern Philippine Mongols.
The finish consists of a basic thin lacquer. The leads also seem somewhat smoother than the Amspec version. The eraser even works fairly well. All in all, a very acceptable pencil.
These aren’t the only Colombian pencils that arrived! Stay tuned for more.
Ninoy and Cory Aquino Mongol pencils (pencil talk: August, 2008)
The Mongol 482: New and Old (pencil talk: February, 2007)