Just a quick note – actually: two.
First: It looks as if Staedtler will release a new sharpener next year. What makes it really interesting is the article number: 501 180. The article number of their current rotary (i.e. hand crank) sharpener starts with 501. …and number 180 is associated with another, very nice product from Staedtler.
Second: I came across this article: The coloured pencil’s 180th birthday – a Franconian invention used around the world.1
Unfortunately the original article is in German, but here’s a link to the Bing translation and to the Google translation. The article talks about Johann Sebastian Staedtler’s coloured pencil breakthrough in 1834.
- With such a title I couldn’t resist displaying my Franconian pencil logo again. [↩]