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Make your own pencil (for $593.75)

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.

Pencil Precision (Image © Bridge City)

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:


Mail Ordering Pencils in the 1930s – from a Specialist Pencil Shop 1

We’ve all been in this situation: It’s a Saturday afternoon, at around tea time1, in 1933. Your pen pal just told you about those exciting new pencil and you want to get your hands on them.

Who ya gonna call?

Pencil mail order!

Specialist pencil shops and even mail orders have been around for a long time. Here’s a photo of a little package from “Bleistift-Versand” (=Pencil Mail Order) S. Steinhauser from the time of the Weimar Republic2.

The photos were sent to me by Bleistift.blog reader and stamp collector Roman who got his hands on this early pencil parcel. If you are interested in buying these pencils from him please leave him a comment under this blog post.


You can read more about Glocken pencils at Lexikaliker.

  1. Copyright: Monty Python – Life of Brian []
  2. The stamps are from 1933, I am not sure for how many years they were valid. []

All Things Brass 5

The All Things Brass blog has launched recently, but I have the feeling that despite the owner’s fame in the knife community his blog is still undiscovered by many here in the stationery community, so I thought I point you towards this new blog that features great photography of all things brass, not only stationery.

It is run by Stefan Schmalhaus whose YouTube channel on pocket knives I have been following for a few years. If you have noticed the occasional knife in this blog or on my YouTube channel my interest in his channel might not come as a surprise.

I love the topic of his blog and hope that brass stationery is here to stay. As mentioned in the past some manufacturers, even those using lead-free brass, have stopped making some items of stationery that contain brass, because new rules in some markets mean expensive paperwork (which makes these fairly low-cost items unviable).