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Caran d’Ache Jass chalk pencil

Here is an unusual pencil that I know little about. An oversized woodcased chalk pencil, the Jass allows for a lot more precision than a typical stick of chalk.

On slate:

On a chalkboard:

See Bleistift for a nice article on writing with chalk and slate (and variants).

Are there any […]

Caran d’Ache Technalo 779 water soluble pencil

These are not pencils for writing memoirs or taking scientific notes. Made by Caran d’Ache, the graphite core is water soluble. Like watercolour paint, the graphite dissolves when wet, becoming another type of medium, while remaining graphite.

The pencils, in HB, B, and 3B, have the bar code attached to a removable plastic piece:


3.15mm leadholders and mechanical pencils

Interested in a great graphite writing and drawing experience that might use a less well known writing implement? How about the opportunity to use colour leads, or even a ballpoint pen with the same pencil? Let’s take a look at 3.15mm leadholders!

These pencils have a lead diameter that is about 50% thicker than […]

Caran d’Ache 45 multipen

This post continues on two other articles about vintage multipencils. (The Faber-Castell 33/78 four colour pencil and the Caran D’ache Tricolor.) I mentioned their quality construction, as well as the relative complexity of their mechanisms.

Well, I got further with them than I did with the Caran d’Ache 45. The 45 was […]

Caran d’Ache Tricolor pencil

The Caran d’Ache Tricolor is another vintage multipencil, no less complicated than the pencil in the previous post.

Gold-plated, the cap is inscribed “Plaqué D’or”.

It is a leadholder with three (graphite, red, blue) inserts.

Instructions are always good, but warnings in special red ink can be a bit […]

Caran d’Ache edelweiss 341 pencil

The edelweiss 341 is the student line graphite pencil from Caran d’Ache.

The pencil varnish colours represent different lead degrees:

2H – Green F – Blue HB- Red 3B – Grey

Probably many of us would associate a scheme like this only with higher end products.

The pencils additionally bear the FSC (Forest […]