Düller Memo Pad

Düller Memo Pad

An unexpected local find, the Düller Memo Pad.

An elongated notepad, the paper features a dotted grid. The cover is a very nice forest green.

Shown here with a Düller Dietrich Lubs fountain pen:

Düller Memo Pad and Düller Dietrich Lubs fountain pen

New Faber-Castell Grip 2001s

Faber-Castell Grip 2001

Spotted at a local store – Faber-Castell Grip 2001s (Grips 2001?) in black and white with grey dots.

Nice, but I am disappointed that Faber-Castell hasn’t issued a pencil with a historical theme in their 250th anniversary year.

Take a look at this Pelikan Souverän M101N reissue. It’s already getting a lot of press pre-issue. Faber-Castell has no shortage of classics in their own archives, and could easily create some similar reissues/reinterpretations.

Martin Scorsese’s favorite pencil

An LA Times review of Conversations with Scorsese mentions the pencil that the famed director prefers for storyboarding – the Eberhard Faber Ebony 6325.

Eberhard Faber was purchased in the 1990s, and this pencil now exists as the Sanford Design Ebony 14420. I’ve never seen the 6325, and don’t know if the 14420 differs in composition.

Alternate formulation carbon/ebony pencils such as the 14420 were mentioned here in 2009. Note the informative comments.

More recently, Speculator wrote a great review of the Layout 555 (another carbon pencil) at Pencil Revolution.

I have no idea what Scorsese may be using in place of the 6325, but hope he has investigated the modern alternatives.

While graphite and clay are at the heart of what many of us perceive to be a pencil, it is fascinating to see alternate formulations praised.

Any storyboarders out there? What pencil do you use?