Ten Staedtler Noris in Nine Seconds

It’s nice to know that British schools recognise a good pencil when they see one and that Staedtler’s Noris is, as far as I can tell, by far the most common pencil in British schools. If I could only have one pencil for the rest of my life it would be the Noris, without a shadow of a doubt.

In this school scene from the British TV series Catastrophe (Season 4 Episode 2) you can see ten Staedtler Noris in nine seconds
https://gph.is/2CGEDx4

(It’s an animated gif, so you might depending on the browser you use you might have to click on it first.)

Since we’re on the topic of Staedtler anyway: have a look at this drawing tube (to transport drawings, etc.) in a Mars Lumograph look. Cool.


The school scene in this blog post has been added to the Noris in the Wild page and is from the Channel 4 series Catastrophe. I believe that the use of the animated GIF shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

4 thoughts on “Ten Staedtler Noris in Nine Seconds”

  1. I really must dig out my entire collection of drawing pencils from childhood and beyond. They are ALL Noris and I didn’t even realise this. I just always bought Staedtler. Far more discerning that I realised!

  2. It’s 25 years since I left primary school now, but back then, everyone used Noris pencils until at least P4. Back then, they were all made in the UK. I wrote briefly about this in an earlier comment.

    As for choosing a single pencil to use for the rest of my life, I’d struggle to make the choice. The Noris is an excellent choice. I’d probably pick the Paper Mate Non-Stop or Mars Lumograph in B grade. At one time, I’d have chosen the Tombow Mono 100, but I don’t know if they quality is the same since production moved out of Japan.

  3. Thank you very much for your comments.
    Lenny, Staedtler= good taste 8) If you bought them in the UK they might be from the British factory in Pontyclun.
    Koralatov, the non-stop is nice and used by many, I wonder whether it is so popular because it is so different, but maybe it’s just because it is easily available and many offices buy them. I like the non/stop, but the eraser could be better.
    Kiwi-d, hehe, she is, but I didn’t notice the poster. How fitting..

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