The lack of art and craft in the packaging of modern stationery is regularly lamented at this blog. A manufacturer who is bucking the trend is Viarco, who have launched a new carbon pencil that is beautifully housed.
A set of six pencils are wrapped with paper and tightly bound with string at both ends. This is historically accurate, but with a new design and product.
The cores constitute a large proportion of the pencil, with the wood slats being unusually hollowed out:
“Carbon” can signify a range of ingredients. This pencil is very waxy – the core can be indented with a fingernail. If you think of the brittle characteristics of vine or willow charcoal, it is the opposite, while being in the same broad family. On Strathmore Charcoal paper:
I salute Viarco for paying attention to the little details that many of us treasure.