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. 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:

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).


Merry Christmas 4

Where I’m from Christmas Eve is the ‘main’ Christmas day, so today is a good day for me to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

The big character on the left of this Christmas card means ‘dream’, the ones on the right mean ‘fortune’.

As a little bonus: here’s a link to an article I found today – from the Guardian. It contains references to coloured pencils from Berol and Faber-Castell, the A4 paper size, Myriorama cards and more.

Vote for Pencil! 3

You might remember the blog post from April where I mentioned the paper episode in the BBC’s 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy series.

Well, now is your chance to support the humble pencil by voting for it as the 51st thing that made the modern economy.

You can vote on this BBC page (link).

Other contenders are the credit card, glass, GPS, Irrigation and Spreadsheets.

Israel, Italy, Football and Lunch…

Today: a mixed bag of tidbits

An Isreali pencil

Seen in episode 3 of Israeli TV thriller False Flag (כפולים): an eraser tipped pencil with a natural finish. False Flag is on Fox UK, but the HD version of the TV channel costs money, so I only have a photo of the SD channel where you can’t read the writing on the pencil. I wonder what pencil brands are commonly used in Israel.

False Flag (Image © Keshet Media)

An Italian pencil

Seen in one of my son’s books: a cameo of Staedtler’s Noris in an Italian book (original: Topo Tip non vuole andare all’asilo by Marco Campanella (Illustrator) and Anna Casalis ). He has the German version (Leo Lausemaus), but there is (or was) also an English version (Billy Brownmouse).

Leo Lausemaus Noris (Image © Andrea Dami / Lingen Verlag)

(Image © Stationery Stores FC)

Nigerian Football

Last time I mentioned Nigeria on this blog was when the Nigerian pencil factory was announced that was supposed to employ 400,000 people. That’s not the only Nigeria related stationery item to report on.

Turn out Nigeria even has a football team named after a chain of stationery stores: Stationery Stores F.C.


..and something for lunch

Dine in style for under $10.

Dine INK (Image © FRED)

I would like to thank Val for telling me about the Dine INK. 

I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.