Is there a market for people trying to make their own pencil?
Muji’s make your own pencil set sold out many years ago, but I guess that was down to insufficient supply rather than to overwhelming demand.
Well, if you missed out back then, fear not!
For the monetarily less disadvantaged there’s a solution. Bleistift.blog reader Andy from Leeds told me about this solution recently. Bridge City, an American store selling woodworking tools, has a pencil making kit (with extras) for $593.75. For the less well off there’s even a finance option available. You can also get blanks, ferrules and leads from them.
Here’s a video from them where they make a pencil that has a cunning resemblance to the Graf von Faber-Castell pencils. A Pencil Precision Perfect Pencil Copy.
Combine this with a spent shell casing as shown in the Fake News and you’re pretty close to owning a Graf von Faber-Castell Eine Cassette * hochfeiner Taschenbleistifte * Nr. II, versilbert.
With such a blog post I can’t resist showing this video: