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Viarco ArtGraf artist pencils

Viarco, a small traditional pencil manufacturer in Portugal, continues to innovate. The ArtGraf pencils are a pair of 22cm black and white pencils. The matte black finished “Soft Black” is a carbon based pencil, while the glossy white finished “Water-Soluble” is, as the name states, a water soluble pencil. The format and presentation are unique [...]

Mitsubishi NanoDia pencil

The Mitsubishi NanoDia pencil is supposed to be something special. The graphite is claimed to benefit from some important and noteworthy quality advances. The line was announced in 2008, and started with mechanical pencils refills; woodcase pencils were introduced a couple of years later. The features of note include strength and density. Now considering this [...]

turn it

turn it is a wooden top whose axis is a woodcase pencil. The packaging tells me that the design is by Miguel Soeiro and was produced by ESAD.CR and Viarco. This is a short video showing the top in action. Depending on your browser, it will open inline in a new window, or download as [...]

Very tiny pencils (II)

Longtime readers may recall a 2010 post mentioning some very tiny pencils. Matthias of Bleistift also received a few of these from Sean, and seeing my post, took pity on me and kindly redirected a few spares my way. More recently, I learned of the limited edition (I have box no. 296) World Press Cartoon [...]