A ballpoint pen and its ink – derived from human sewage:
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.
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.
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 YouTube, Facebook 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?
- I will use a random number generator to get a random number n. I will then check who wrote the nth comment.
- 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.
- Deadline see above.
- 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.
- 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.
Mechanical Pencil Day is coming again and CultPens have offered me again to choose £50 worth of mechanical pencils. Just like last year I want to give them away again – half on Bleistift.blog and half on Stationery.wiki.
For last year’s prizes I tried to focus on unusual mechanical pencils. For this year’s mechanical pencil day, I want to take a closer look at affordable mechanical pencils that don’t get the attention they deserve.
Have a look at my short blog post for Mechanical Pencil Day on the CultPens site where I look at one of these mechanical pencils that doesn’t get enough attention and love.
George, a reader of Dave’s Mechanical Pencil blog and of Bleistift, has contacted me this morning and told me about an article Tim Harford wrote about the pencil. Not much later my wife contacted me about the same article. The article is part of the “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy” series.
In 2017 I was hoping that the pencil gets voted to be the “51st thing”. My blog post Vote for Pencil! might have added a few to the pencil, but in the end “credit cards” won.
Luckily Tim Harford, who made several ‘appearances’ on this blog in the past, has finally had a closer look at the pencil.
You can read his article Have we all underrated the humble pencil? on the BBC web site.
His podcast More or Less: Behind the Stats is available for free.
Today’s edition of China Daily has a few very nice photos taken in Shanghai’s Chung Hwa factory.
You can see all of the photos at
You might also like the following blog posts about Chung Hwa
The image in this blog post has been taken from the China Daily web site. I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.