Happy Mechanical Pencil Day 2019

It’s time to celebrate Mechanical Pencil Day again. CultPens let me pick £50 worth of stationery and to get you into the mechanical pencil day mood I will give them away again, like last year.

This year I went with the theme of underdog mechanical pencils. That also means that most of the pencils were cheap and it’s not really worth me sending them out individually because international postage might cost me more than the value of the pencil.

Pencils for the giveaway
Prizes for Mechanical Pencil Day 2019

That means that this year I split the prize into two halves: The Gessner (the wooden one, third from the left with its ‘case’ next to it) is one half. You can find out more about the company behind the Gessner, plus a bit about the Gessner itself in the following video I made in the past. I think it’s one of many videos that was supposed to be used in a blog post, but the blog post just hasn’t happened yet.

All the other pencils plus the leads together are the other half. One of them is the lemon yellow Caran d’Ache 888 Infinite. I wrote a short blog post about this pencil on the CultPens blog.

The Bleistift.blog winner can decide whether he/she wants the Gessner or all the other pencils. Whatever is left will be a prize for Stationery.wiki.

Make sure you also visit Dave’s Mechanical Pencils and enter his giveaway.


Why is Mechanical Pencil Day on 5/7 (5 July)?

It’s on 5/7 or 7/5, depending on your countries way of writing dates because the two most popular lead diameters are 0.5 mm and 0.7 mm.

What do I need to do to take part in the giveaway?

I won’t force you to follow my YouTubeFacebook or Twitter account to take part in the draw for this giveaway. We’re all adults here and you should decide yourself who you want to follow. Instead of following my social media channels, all you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post.

When is the deadline for the giveaway, i.e. the deadline to leave a comment?

Deadline is 15 July 2019 at 12:00 (noon) Zulu time (UTC)

How will the winner be decided?

  1. I will use a random number generator to get a random number n. I will then check who wrote the nth comment.
  2. I will then check whether the nth comment is the first comment by a blog reader on this giveaway post. If it is the first comment by a blog reader on this post this reader will get the pencil of their choice. If the comment was written by myself or if it was not the first comment or if the reader wrote he/she doesn’t want the prize then I will go back to step one.
    This ensures that I won’t win a prize myself. It also means that you can comment as often as you want, but only one of your comments (the first one) will count for the prize draw.
  3. Deadline see above.
  4. I will announce the winner on this blog. The winner then has one week to contact me. If I don’t hear back from the winner within a week the prize might be given to someone else or used in another giveaway or contest or I might keep it myself.
  5. The remaining half/prize will be a prize for Stationery.wiki. You can, of course, take part in both, the Bleistift giveaway and the Stationery.wiki. In fact, I encourage you to.

Good luck!

58 thoughts on “Happy Mechanical Pencil Day 2019”

  1. Scribble Monboddo

    Great idea! Der Gessner has always looked like a really intriguing design.

  2. It was interesting to learn that Mechnical Pencil Day is because of .5 and .7 diameters. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

  3. Mechanical pencil day must have been extra awesome during the years ending with 02,03 and 09.

  4. That Der Gnesser is a very interesting looking design, would like to see how it feels in my hands 😁

  5. Bob Swartzendruber

    I would love to have the Gessner. Thanks for your blog, read it every day.

  6. Wow, I never knew why mechanical pencil day was on July 5th. I learned something new today, thanks for that. The Gessner does look very interesting :)) .

  7. Not my writing instrument of choice, but always handy to have, the mechanical pencil. Unlike old pens which are generally dried up, the aged mechanical pencil will have a lead or two rattling around in it which can be a lifesaver if you’re in a pinch.

  8. Jonathan Wiebe

    Thank-you for this lovely giveaway! I have never used a lead holder before (only regular mechanical pencils). If I am fortunate enough to win the Gessner it will be a new experience for me. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

  9. Just found your blog and am looking forward to to exploring your posts! The Gessner looks beautiful and unique.

    Today I tried to spread the joy,
    Exclaiming the day like a little boy.
    “It’s pencil day,” to my friends, I said.
    The looks they gave me…I sunk like lead.

  10. Thank you for your giveaway and sharing with us what you learn about pencils.

  11. “Hey, do you like mechanical pencils?
    Because you sure know how to advance my lead!”

  12. Thank you so much for promoting this. Hopefully this will start getting some more recognition!

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  14. John Beynon

    Thanks for the chance to win a mechanical pencil for MPDay! And thanks to the Gentleman Stationer for guiding me to this site.

  15. John Gould Rubin

    I love mechanical pencils and nevwe turenifnthe new ones I haven’t seen before.

  16. I received my first mechanical pencil in 1980 as a junior accountant at a CPA firm. It is a .5mm Pentel in forest green. I still have it, and over the years have collected 20 – 30 additional mechanical pencils from various manufacturers. They are my favorite writing instruments.

  17. Christopher Miller

    I never knew why July 5 was mechanical pencil day. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. John Gould Rubin

    Well, I love mechanical pencils and have quite a few. I also have antique menchanical pencils.

  19. John Gould Rubin

    Well, I love this contest and am delighted to participate in it.

  20. This is so interesting. Who would ever have thought….5/7?

    I love my mechanical pencils. They just do not get the recognition they deserve. They are so reliable but are becoming quite rare.

    Unfortunately I was not be in the UK for this event but spent part of the day searching for a stylish example.

    My search will continue throughout the month of July and hopefully, I will return to the UK with a splendid example of style and effectiveness.

  21. What strange timing, I just last week decided I need to look at mechanical pencils again. Been a mostly fountain pen, and more recently gel pen, kinda guy for the last few years.

  22. Thanks to you, and thanks to Cult Pens!
    By the way, a good choice of affordable but good value mechanical pencils.

  23. Happy Mechanical Pencil Day! And thank you for making this great giveaway happen. Mechanical pencils are so underrated. I always keep one close by. And first time I post on your blog. But I am a long time reader and lurker, and its my go-to blog next to the PenAddict. Your work is awesome, thanks for all the info and entertainment.

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