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Staedtler’s Mars 502 lead pointer tub 4

Many of my videos that were originally posted to accompany blog posts were kind of forgotten, i.e. were never mentioned here, even though I made them to be used in a future blog post. This includes one of my most popular videos with currently (July 2020) more than 64,000 views: a demonstration how the Mars 502 lead pointer tub works.

Originally posted because the 502 doesn’t come with useful instructions and the comments left under the video show that there is/was a demand for a video like this.


Un crayon français 2

Season Seven of French police procedural and legal drama series Engrenages (English: Spiral) doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the Staedtler Noris. In a previous blog post I showed the judge’s (juge Roban’s) Staedtler Noris and the police’s Staedtler Tradition. This time the protagonist, police officer Laure Berthaud, played by Caroline Proust, is using a Staedtler Noris. Good choice!

Laure Berthaud’s Noris (Image © Son et Lumière)

This Noris sighting has been added to the Noris in the wild page.

I believe that the use of the screenshot, taken from Engrenages Season 7 Episode 3 falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.


Perfume pencils

Who would have thought… These days you can even get perfume pencils. The name made me curious, so I had a closer look ..but I think perfume pens would have been a better name. They seem to be plastic cased and come with a cap.

Chanel’s Chance Perfume Pencils (Image © Chanel)

These perfume pencils actually remind me of Staedtler’s textsurfer gel 1. I wonder whether the core is of a similar consitency.


The images in this blog post have been taken from the Chanel and Staedtler web sites. I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

  1. I ordered them in the past, including from Japan, because they had some different colours available over there. They are really nice. []

A special Jubilator 2

A few days ago Bleistift Blog got a fascinating comment on the 2011 blog post about Faber-Castell’s Jubilator series: Jeff, who worked for Faber-Castell, gave some fascinating behind-the-scenes details about the Jubilator edition, but don’t let me retell the story, read the original yourself.

He was kind enough to send me some photos of his treasures, including photos of the tins signed by our favourite Count1 himself. Thanks to his comments we know even know how the numbers got written on the wood veneer sheets.

Thanks to Jeff for this information.

If you like to see other people’s pencil collections head over to the Blackwing Pages: Sean started showing Blackwing collections from his readers.

  1. Usual disclaimer as mentioned previously: He is not really a count. According to Part 2, Section 1, Article 109(2) of the Weimar Constitution privileges based on birth or social status and titles of nobility were abolished in the Weimar Republic in 1919. Graf (Count) is just part of his surname. In reality, no one seems to care about this rule though. []

More student colours

After seeing Brad’s tweet about the new Kaweco Student colours, see below..

.. I couldn’t resist showing you my Kawecco Student 70s Soul again.

I have more fountain pens than I dare to admit and love EF nibs. The Soul has the smoothest and ‘finest’, in both senses of the word, EF nib of all my fountain pens.

PS: Nice naming scheme, Kaweco.