Hobonichi’s full lineup preview for 2020 has gone live now 🙂
…and we have a winner! id00092 wrote the winning comment:
are you sure that Gessner is not a Ninja weapon??id00092
Congratulations! Please contact me by email within a week (by 23 July 2019). My email address can be found on the ‘About’ page. You’ll need to let me know whether you want to win the Gessner or the other mechanical pencils (i.e. all of them except the Gessner).
To help you with that decision: Here’s a video about the Caran d’Ache 888 Infinite:
and one about the Faber-Castell TK-Fine 2315:
If you want to go back the the origins and prefer the Gessner then you’ll find some more information about the Gessner and the company behind it here:
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.
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.
The Chung Hwa Drawing Pencil 101 is still the pencil of choice in Shanghainese Dim Sum Restaurants.
In the nicer dim sum places, like here in a branch of Sue Hsiao Liu, they are of course also nicely sharpened.
If you wonder where they come from or how many a restaurant would keep: here’s this branch’s ‘secret’ stash of sharpened Chung Hwas, ready for the customers.
If you want to read more about Chung Hwa pencils – here’s a selection of related blog posts form around the web.
- 2010 – Bleistift: Chung Hwa Drawing Pencil 101
- 2019 – Polar Pencil Pusher: Pencil Review: Chung Hwa 101 2B
Other Chung Hwa Pencils: