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The Tombow Pencil Company’s 100th Anniversary (and Pencil)

Congratulations to Tombow, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2013. The company has a special site with many photos to commemorate the anniversary. As part of the celebration, Tombow has issued a recreation of a vintage pencil, complete with packaging. The pencil is internally a Mono 100, possibly the world’s finest pencil, so there [...]

Les crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache, Edition No. 2

Caran d’Ache has released the second edition of their pencilmaking masterwork. This edition features pencils made from Guyana Palm, Blue Zebrano, American Cedar, and Lati Grey. (That last pencil is a repeat from the first series. Why the double Lati?) Both editions shown together: The walnut, blue zebrano, and cedar pencils are the ones that [...]

Initiating the Initium and Initio

In a marketing surprise, Staedtler and Faber-Castell have launched new product lines with almost identical names – Staedtler the Initium, and Faber-Castell the Initio. Cult Pens seems to have both lines in stock – here and here. Staedtler has a brochure further describing their new line. Printing a personal photo on a pen barrel is [...]

Faber-Castell Grip Sparkle pencils

Leading pencil manufacturer Faber-Castell recently extended their popular Grip pencil line with the “Sparkle”. While at first glance it might seem easy to dismiss the product as just a novelty, the pencils really do exude charm when seen in person. They come in a variety of colours – only a few are shown here, and [...]

The blog

A note to readers Early last year, posting at pencil talk started to trail off. There was no plan for a break. It just seemed to be harder and harder to create posts, until there came a point where it became a significant effort. The interest in pencils and stationery hadn’t diminished, but family challenges [...]

Blackwing pencils at the Hollywood Reporter

There is a great new article Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With This Pencil? by Seth Abramovitch at The Hollywood Reporter. As well as the great writing and careful review of the Blackwing’s story, the article has the bonus of interviewing Sean from The Blackwing Pages!