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No Hidden Pencils in Hidden Figures

Just a brief post about something I haven’t seen in the press – pencils play a major role in the film Hidden Figures.

In particular, mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) uses a Pentel P20X mechanical pencil in contrast to the other engineers, who use yellow woodcase pencils. A more evolved pencil for a […]

The Viarco Vintage Collection

From Viarco of Portugal, pencil talk is pleased to present an amazing new limited edition pencil collection. Further, we are privileged to feature an interview with Viarco’s José Vieira.

The set was a surprise to me – six historical recreations of pencils and packaging, offered as a set. I’m not sure where the set […]

We have Stationery Fever

Stationery Fever is a recently published hardcover book that explores the modern stationery scene. The book is lavishly illustrated, and unique in featuring dozens of contributed essays and photos.

Title: Stationery Fever Author: John Z. Komurki Publisher: Prestel Verlag, Munich Format: Hardcover, 208pp ISBN: 978-3-7913-8272-2

The book has nine chapters on stationery subjects (pencils, […]

Sharpener at the Hopkins Marine Station

Here is a pencil sharpener residing in a classroom building at the historic Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California.

John Steinbeck took classes here, though this sharpener seems too new to have been around when he was a student.

See also: Steinbeck’s Favorite Pencils

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Les Crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache, Edition No. 6

Caran d’Ache has continued their “crayons de la maison” series with a sixth edition. The pencils are a visual delight, and a bit of a construction mystery.

The appeal is obvious – rich, amazing wood patterns from exotic species. They echo the 1990s Colleen Woods Pencils that are quite admired.

This set is […]

pencil talk 2.0

Hello all,

It has been three years since the ‘Final Post’ at pencil talk.

After announcing the end, I took the blog offline for several reasons. I don’t really like seeing blogs floating around that don’t function as blogs, with no new posts, no commenting, no interaction. The hosting costs seemed to only be going […]