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Daniel Kahneman’s new book will be out tomorrow.

His last book, released ten years ago, featured what appears to be a Mongol on the cover – with an extremely acute point, sharpened at 14°. At the time I did show a photo of the book cover with a Mongol on top so that you can compare the ferrule and the paint colour of the pencil to a Mongol.

It’s nice to see a pencil and also graphite lines on the cover of his new book as well. The pencil on the new cover seems to be the same pencil (same bite marks), mirrored in photo editing software.

You can find out more about Kahneman’s new book on Radio 4’s Start the Week programme.


IKEA’s pencil book

Caroline Weaver’s pencil book has been the big topic in the stationery fandom. As there’s nothing much I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said publicly or privately here’s a look at another pencil book.

You might remember my blog post about Ikea’s huge pencil soft toy (or is it some kind of pillow?) from last year, or my blog post about another item from IKEA – to store Field Notes the Swedish way. Today’s blog post about IKEA again, specifically about a pencil themed children book they sell: Let’s Go Says The Pencil.

Part of a drawing from one of the book’s pages

This was in the IKEA store in Warrington [1]..which was the first IKEA in the UK. They also have a pencil themed area for children to try out their products.

Oh, while you are here anyway, something not IKEA related: I noticed that CultPens is now selling the black Mars Technico 780C I showed in the Insights X blog post.

Staedtler Mars technico


If you want to see more IKEA related stationery blog posts have a look at the ones found at Lexikaliker (in German) or the ones from Pencil Revolution. The Pencil Case Blog even had a three part series about IKEA stationery.

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1..which was the first IKEA in the UK

Cedar Farm Pencil Book

The Power of the Pencil

Where I live the name the name Cedar is very commonly used for company names – for all sorts of companies, everything from cafés to estate agents.

According to the Woodland Trust in the UK, cedar was planted in nearly every stately home and mansion from the 1740s onwards. I guess this explains the use of this tree name for businesses. Stately homes and mansions – maybe cedar is supposed to make the company name sound posh – well.. it is, of course, the wood used for posh pencils, too.

Why do I mention this? A few weeks ago I went to a place called Cedar Farm, a collection of shops in what used to be a farm and very fitting for the name of that place I found a book about pencils there. It is aimed at artists but does contain fact about pencils presented in a nice way (as usual: open the images in a new tab to see at full size)


You can read more about the use of pencil cedars in Europe here.


Faber-Castell since 1761 2

You probably read Sean’s and Gunther’s blog posts about the “Faber-Castell since 1761” book, covering Faber-Castell and its history on more than 500 pages [1]using more than 3kg of paper.

Good news if you were thinking of buying this book: Amazon UK is selling it for £38.20 at the moment – quite a bit cheaper than the price you pay in Germany.

 

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1using more than 3kg of paper