Monthly Archives: February 2016


A firm pencil 2

Seen in the guardian weekend 27.02.2016.

From the guardian weekend 27.02.2016

In my opinion the Guardian is one of the better papers, but they do write odd things every now and then, like the one above or worse [1]Yes, it is a bit funny. At least it’s not offensive, like their Thinking the wurst article, which was rather anti-German, like the stuff you could read in Murdoch’s News of the World … Continue reading.

 

 

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1Yes, it is a bit funny. At least it’s not offensive, like their Thinking the wurst article, which was rather anti-German, like the stuff you could read in Murdoch’s News of the World when it was still around …especially around the time of football world cups.

Pencil Pot Of The Month – February 2016 2

SUCK UK sharpener desk tidy

SUCK UK sharpener desk tidy

Description: A pencil pot looking like a huge handheld sharpener.

Material: Wood (rubberwood) and metal (stainless steel)

Further information: I first mentioned this pencil pot in in a blog post from 2009. Well it took five years or so until I bought one myself: I got the dark version when Tesco sold them very cheap, probably to get rid of old stock – and then, another year or so later I got this one from to of my colleagues. They know I am into stationery, so  they bought me this sharpener for my birthday. How nice of them.

 


I took this photo with my mobile phone (didn’t bring my camera to the office) and have to say: the photo is lying. It looks as if the phone removed the lead point of the pencils on the right side… Click on the photo to enlarge or even better, right click and open in a new tab to see the problem.

Here’s a link to the desk tidy on the manufacturer’s page.

I’m already looking forward to see what Lexikaliker’s pencil pot of the month will be. You can find his previous pencil pot of the month here.


Unhappy with my Indus 2

A few months ago I bought an Indus from Fountain Pen Revolution, seen here previously.

Well, I have hardly used it until now and was just about to use it regularly from now on (because I finally got round to changing the nib) when I found out that it is leaking. It has a hairline crack at the grip section, above the ink window.

A leaking Indus fountain pen from Fountain Pen Revolution

Well, I guess when it comes to fountain pens I should stick to the brands I know I can trust, like Pelikan, Lamy, Kaweco, even if they’re more expensive. Not sure whether it is worth complaining about the pen as it came from India and postage back to India might be quite expensive.


More Mongols 2

Eberhard Faber Mongol pencils at the surrender in Reims (Image © probably Pathé News)

Eberhard Faber Mongol pencils at the surrender in Reims (Image © probably Pathé News)

Well, there are not many blog posts about vintage pencils here, but thanks to Henrik’s comments here’s a quick follow up on the previous blog post and the Mongol.

Eberhard Faber Mongol pencils at the surrender in Reims (Image © probably Pathé News)

Eberhard Faber Mongol pencils at the surrender in Reims (Image © probably Pathé News)

The Mongol is the pencil that was used for taking notes at the surrender in Reims (ending WWII in Europe), while the Parker 51 was used to sign the actual documents.

Eberhard Faber Mongol pencils at the surrender in Reims (Image © probably Pathé News)

Eberhard Faber Mongol pencils at the surrender in Reims (Image © probably Pathé News)

If you want to have a closer look at these pencils: Sean has a blog post about the Mongols made in 1944, near the height of U.S. production for the Second World War.

Eberhard Faber Mongol pencils at the surrender in Reims (Image © probably Pathé News)

Preparing the Eberhard Faber Mongol pencils for the surrender in Reims (Image © probably Pathé News)


I believe that the use of the image shown in this blog post, falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

More Mongols:

Lexikaliker has a nice Mongol ad from the 1920s and on Sola’s blog you can admire some of the Mongol’s great packaging.

…and just earlier this week Jinnie had a look at the Mongol 482

There also more Mongol spotting going on at Orange Crate Art, actually so much that I only picked one to link to. Michael has some great Mongol ads, too. This one is on my wall in the office.