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My father’s pencil, by Finn

Today, we have a special guest contribution from Finn of Copenhagen, Denmark:

This Criterium 2613 has a special story.

My late father worked as a maker of fine fur coats in a known fur house in Copenhagen as his day time job, and was a dedicated artist in his spare time.

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The pencils of France

The last two weeks, we’ve looked at a few pencils from France. Or to be more precise, pencils from French companies.

Let’s take a look at them together, and see how they compare. I am including these pencils from this month:

Conté à Paris Graphite 601 pencil

Bic Mentor 2223 pencil

Bic Gilbert […]

A tale of two Contés – the Conté à Paris Graphite 601 pencil

The Conté à Paris Graphite 601 pencil is a great find, as well as a rarity, being possibly the only woodcase pencil currently manufactured in France.

I was very pleased to discover that a small local bookstore had tins of these pencils on their modest art supply shelf.

The pencils come in a range […]

Bic Mentor 2223 pencil

The Bic Mentor seems to be Bic’s budget line. Unlike the Critérium and and Gilbert lines, it is available in a single grade – HB.

The pencil is hexagonal with an unfinished end. It has gold lettering on a bright red finish.

The lead seems to be somewhat scratchy.

I’m not sure if […]

Conté Evolution Triangle pencil

Let’s continue our look at the pencils of France.

It was over three years ago that we saw the Bic/Conté Evolution pencil. How time flies! This website has certainly grown quite a bit since then. (As has my pencil accumulation.)

The Evolution is apparently a favourite of the author of the remarkable La Vie […]

Bic Gilbert 33 pencil

pencil talk has some very informed readers! Frank, who kindly sent me two of the pencils that are part of this series, yesterday left a great comment which includes assessments of many of the pencils we’ll see this week – and others.

Today we see another Bic pencil with a longstanding name – the […]