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Pencil pot of the month – June 2020

It’s time to temporarily revive the pencil pot of the month series.

Lego pencil pot 50154

After spending five years tucked away it was high time for this Lego pencil pot to get assembled.

Lego pencil pot 50154 being assembled

I bought it at the Lego Store in Manchester in August 2015 for £10.99 (~€12.15; ~$13.50) …after unsuccessfully chasing a previous Lego pencil pot, one that I thought looked nicer, for a few weeks.

Lego pencil pot 50154 assembled

You can find previous pencil pots of the month in the pencil pot of the month archive.

Price: August 2015, exchange rates: June 2020

Field Notes storage – the Swedish way

I’m quite excited about Utility, the new Field Notes Quarterly Edition.

Finally a metric ruler. Ever since I got my first Field Notes from Michael I thought a metric ruler would be quite useful. Trying to measure a length using the squares (if the paper has squares at all) is just not the same.

I’m also looking forward to comparing the Mohawk Via Vellum paper to previous Field Notes paper.

In anticipation of the new edition here’s a look at how I store Field Notes at home.

Field Notes in an IKEA Förhöja box

They are on my desk in one of the three boxes from the Förhöja set which was the Pencil Pot of the Month last July. In the UK the whole set sells for £15. In Germany it’s €14.99 and in Australia it’s $24.99. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be available in the USA.

Pencil Pot Of The Month – December 2015 4

Jade pencil pot

Description: A pencil pot made from jade

Material: Jade

Further information: I got this and another jade pencil pot when I was in Shanghai a few years ago. Compared to other pencil pots it is unusually heavy and the walls and base of the pot are rather thick. I assume this one was supposed to be used for a brush (because of its tall, slim shape).

Pencil Pot Of The Month – November 2015 1

Mars Tiegel (crucible) from Aug. Gundlach / Graphit Kropfmühl

Description: A pencil pot made from graphite

Price: €11.90 (in 2011) (~$12.70; £8.40)

Material: Graphite1

Further information: Lexikaliker bought this “Mars Tiegel” from the museum of the Graphit Kropfmühl PLC, now part of AMG Mining PLC. Now it’s mine and ever since I got it it is my most treasured pencil pot, storing my ready to be used pencils2. It is made by Aug. Gundlach, who describe their company as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of crucibles3. Apparently clay-graphite crucibles, like this one, are a thing, which means that a clay graphite4 mix is also used for manufacturing items other than pencils.

Price: 2011

Exchange rate: November 2015

Lexikaliker wrote about this black gold crucible in 2011. (Bing translation, Google translation)

There is also a great looking Graphit Kropfmühl pencil, previously shown in this blog post.

  1. Plus silicon carbide, aluminium oxide and silicon dioxide (according to Lexikaliker). []
  2. You can see this pencil pot in the background of the previous pencil pot of the month. []
  3. According to Wikipedia a crucible can withstand very high temperatures and is used for metal, glass, and pigment production as well as a number of modern laboratory processes. []
  4. Graphite has actually been used for thousands of years, i.e. before the famous deposit in Cumbria was discovered in the 16th century. []