A special Jubilator 2

A few days ago Bleistift Blog got a fascinating comment on the 2011 blog post about Faber-Castell’s Jubilator series: Jeff, who worked for Faber-Castell, gave some fascinating behind-the-scenes details about the Jubilator edition, but don’t let me retell the story, read the original yourself.

He was kind enough to send me some photos of his treasures, including photos of the tins signed by our favourite Count1 himself. Thanks to his comments we know even know how the numbers got written on the wood veneer sheets.

Thanks to Jeff for this information.

If you like to see other people’s pencil collections head over to the Blackwing Pages: Sean started showing Blackwing collections from his readers.

  1. Usual disclaimer as mentioned previously: He is not really a count. According to Part 2, Section 1, Article 109(2) of the Weimar Constitution privileges based on birth or social status and titles of nobility were abolished in the Weimar Republic in 1919. Graf (Count) is just part of his surname. In reality, no one seems to care about this rule though. []

Staedtler and Silvine take away

School closures in the UK because of COVID-19 mean that schools gave their pupils work to take home for the next weeks.

It’s great that the common school pencil in the UK is the amazing Staedtler Noris and not some scratchy no name pencil.

A Staedtler Noris fer ever pupil?

Above you can see the pack our son got, including a Noris along with a Silvine workbook and worksheets.


Pencil beard vs Coronavirus 1

I didn’t realise there is something called a pencil beard / moustache, but it looks like it’s helping fight the Coronavirus.

Pencil beard (Image © NHS)

…well, not quite, but it is one of the beards the NHS (British healthcare systems) approves for use with a respirator.

This Sky News article has more information.


The images in this blog post have been taken from the Sky News article I linked to. I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.