Kaweco’s Apple Pencil Sleeve is out now 5

The news a few people have been waiting for, especially after this product has been mentioned on the Pen Addict Podcast #294:

Kaweco’s Apple Pencil Sleeve is out

Image © Kaweco / Mostwanted-Pens

Image © Kaweco / Mostwanted-Pens

Image © Kaweco / Mostwanted-Pens

Image © Kaweco / Mostwanted-Pens

Image © Kaweco / Mostwanted-Pens

You can get all colours from Mostwanted-Pens.

Thank you to Sebastian Gutberlet for this information.

The images in this blog post has been taken from Mostwanted-Pens.com. TV series. I believe that the use of Kaweco’s image shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

Staedtler at the Winter Games 2

Now that the Olympic Games in PyeongChang are slowly coming to an end and the Paralympics will start soon: Staedtler Noris colour pencils arranged in a specific shape you might find familiar. Over many years I have read again and again that the IOC is very protective of their trademarks (Wired had an article called Do not F@%! with the Olympics Logo a few years ago), so I won’t go into more details here what this is supposed to be 😉. I assume that my Welcome, PyongChang blog post didn’t break any rules and this one is hopefully sufficiently vague either, plus I don’t earn any money from the blog, no advertising here etc. so there are no commercial interests on my side if that makes any difference. Not that I expect the IOC to find a tiny blog like mine, but then again: AIs and machine learning can work wonders these days if they are looking for this kind of stuff.

Why such a click-baity title? It fits with the previous blog post title Staedtler at the Oscars and with so many people from all over the world in PyeongChang there’s bound to be a Staedtler pencil somewhere there.

PS: Since we are on the topic of PyeongChang again: Look what I saw in the language building of my University. Aren’t they cute?

Soohorang and Bandabi

Staedtler at the Oscars

Stephen, of Pencil Talk fame, told me about two movies that are part of the Oscar Nominations 2018 and that feature Staedtler pencils.

And here are the Nominees

Nominated for best pencil in the categories Best Picture, Lead Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Original Score and Costume Design:

The Staedtler Tradition that made it into Phantom Thread.

Image © Annapurna Pictures /
Ghoulardi Film Company /
Perfect World Pictures

Nominated for best pencil in the category Best Live Action Short Film:

The Staedtler Noris that made it into The Silent Child.

Image © Slick Films

Well, I certainly know which two movies I’ll be rooting for.

In the Wild

If you like this topic have a look at the Noris in the Wild page that lists Noris sightings in movies and on TV from the 1970s onwards.

Thanks to Stephen for this information.

I have added these to my ever growing list of Staedtler sightings I should make screenshots of, but in this case it might take a while before these movies make it to free to air TV channels, so don’t expect to see them here anytime soon.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Refills* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) 2

Retro 51

The stationery community has been writing a few Retro 51 articles on stationery.wiki. When I tried to make the information in these articles semantic1 I came across a few issues.

One issue is related to Retro 51’s refills, one related to their categories, lines and editions. Luckily the users in The Pen Addict’s Slack channel are extremely helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to Retro 51 so the confusion with Retro 51’s series, categories, lines etc has been solved.

The other issue, relating to their refills, took me a while to figure out. This was probably not helped by the fact that I don’t own a Retro 51.

The short answer is: I think Retro 51’s rollerballs accept standard G2 refills, which means you can turn them into rollerball, gel or ballpoint pens.

Here are some of the bits of information I found along the journey. They might be old information for you, but since I am more into pencils and fountain pens than refillable non-disposable rollerballs a lot of this was new to me.

ISO standard

Refills are standardised in the ISO standard 12757.

ISO 12757-1 is for general use, i.e. there are not too many demands on the ink.

ISO 12757-2 is for documentary use, i.e. for writing documents that are required as evidence and the standard also looks into things like how the ink is coping with bleach, etc.

Refill overview


There seems to be contradictory information on the web when it comes to the G2 refills. This is probably not helped by the fact that Pilot has a pen called the G2. Based on what I have seen so far G2 and RB refills tend to get confused.

The G2 standard seems to have its origin in Parker’s Jotter refills, which came out in the 1950s.

I have produced a little table with further information about these refills. It also includes average writing length per refill based on the information by Premec. Other refills may vary.

TypeDiameterLengthNameAvg writing lengthInk charge
D1 mini
2.3557.1 or 67.0multicolor
350 m0.1 g
Japan Style2.9-3.0variable600 m -
2000 m
0.22 g - 0.32 g
Spezial3.061.0 or 66.5
X103.05106.8ballpoint standard
X203.05106.8ballpoint standard
large capacity
0.8 mm:
2200 m
1.0 mm:
1900 m
0.4 g
stick refills
1700 m0.375 g
large capacity
G26.0098.1ballpoint / gel
large capacity
0.7 mm:
400 m (gel)
5000 m (oil based)
0.7 g (gel)
1.1 g (oil based)
RB6.30110.0standard rollerball0,5 mm: 500m
0.7 mm: 400m
0.8 g
130.8 (stick)
110.5 (retractable)
gel refill0.7 mm:
450 m (stick)
600 m (retractable)
0.7 g (stick)
0.9 g (retractable)

For more information about refills see The Well-Appointed Desk’s Epic Refill Reference Guide and The Refill Finder.

The diagram is from Qniemiec, translation by Francis Flinch and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

  1. To allow exciting queries like the one producing this table. []