Monthly Archives: October 2018


Wörther’s Shorty 6

If you follow my YouTube channel you might have spotted this video about Wörther’s lead holder ‘Shorty’.

I was lucky enough to get two of these over the years. One from fellow stationery blogger Scribble and one from Pen Heaven.

I think they must be the first lead holders I have added to my overview of mechanical pencils.

The plastic version is light and very affordable.

While the aluminium version is still not expensive and rather elegant.

In the video you’ll see that the origin of the Shorty is rather fascinating. 

Like fellow German company Lamy and like other companies world-wide including Hero, Wörther’s beginnings have a strong link to the Parker Pen Company. It’s a shame that Parker, like other old established companies seems to have suffered the consequences of past sub-optimal decisions and is not the strong player in this field it once was.

Have a look at the video to find out more.

 


The Secret Life of the Pencil Book and Pencil Pack

The big stationery topic this week is the Insights X trade fair. I really hope that Gunther will publish another one of his fantastic trade fair reports on Lexikaliker.de.

If, like me, you cannot be in Nuremberg for the trade fair then CultPens might have the next best thing for you. They are currently giving away a free pencil pack with every copy of the Secret Life of the Pencil book.1

The book itself is great. Much better than I expected. William Boyd’s2 foreword is more than fitting. I loved to learn about his pencil journey3 and enjoyed looking at all the pencils while figuring out the make, model and approximate age.

Many pencils seem ‘real’ and straight from the desk, many seem prepared for the photos, e.g. Sculptor Bill Woodrow made his pencil into a sculpture, polymath Stephen Fry seems to have pretend knife-sharpened a sharpener-sharpened pencil4.

Whether straight from the desk or prepared for the book, they all are enjoyable.

 

  1. They also still offer a big discount on the Cult Pencil, with a further 10% off when using the discount code CULTMP10 []
  2. I think his internationally best known work might be his James Bond novel ‘Solo’, which I didn’t read, but listened to when it was Radio 4’s book of the week. []
  3. ..by the way, in my opinion graphite lasts much longer than ink – Sean could go into much more detail on this topic than I could []
  4. Best of both – the perfect compromise: sharpener-sharpened makes more sense, knife-sharpened is more fitting. []