Caran d’Ache Jass chalk pencil

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:
Caran d'Ache Jass chalk pencil

Caran d'Ache Jass chalk pencil

On a chalkboard:
Caran d'Ache Jass chalk pencil

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

Are there any teachers out there who might recall using chalk pencils?

7 Replies to “Caran d’Ache Jass chalk pencil”

  1. For some, this might be a great thing, but I get uncomfortable chills just thinking about the sound and feel of sharpening these things!

  2. “Jass” refers to the Swiss card game for which one keeps score on a slate using chalk or a chalk pencil. I’m not sure it’s the name of this pencil so much as a label: “this is for Jass scorekeeping”.

  3. What a beautiful pencil! Thank you for showing it. – I would like to add that Jass is a card came so I assume that this pencil is used for keeping the score.

    Daniel: I haven’t sharpened and used that pencil but if it is comparable to the “Heft und Tafel” pencil from Faber-Castell (another chalk and slate pencil) there is no need to be afraid of the sound – the lead is more waxy than chalky and won’t make any noise.

  4. A very timeless look. Thanks for showing us this pencil. Even though I ordered a variety of Caran d’Ache pencils recently, I did not notice the Jass…

    Also thank you for the link.

  5. Daniel, that is a perspective I hadn’t thought about! :-)

    Bret and Gunther, thank you for the explanation. Some online searching finds photos of Jasssets and Jasskarten – a slate and red painted chalk pencil (and possibly a sponge) seem to be standard Jass accessories.

    Matthias, thank you. I found this particular pencil at Cult Pens.

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