…and we have a winner! id00092 wrote the winning comment:
are you sure that Gessner is not a Ninja weapon??
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:
It’s time to celebrate Mechanical Pencil Day again. CultPens let me pick £50 worth of stationery and to get you into the mechanical pencil day mood I will give them away again, like last year.
This year I went with the theme of underdog mechanical pencils. That also means that most of the pencils were cheap and it’s not really worth me sending them out individually because international postage might cost me more than the value of the pencil.
That means that this year I split the prize into two halves: The Gessner (the wooden one, third from the left with its ‘case’ next to it) is one half. You can find out more about the company behind the Gessner, plus a bit about the Gessner itself in the following video I made in the past. I think it’s one of many videos that was supposed to be used in a blog post, but the blog post just hasn’t happened yet.
It’s on 5/7 or 7/5, depending on your countries way of writing dates because the two most popular lead diameters are 0.5 mm and 0.7 mm.
What do I need to do to take part in the giveaway?
I won’t force you to follow my YouTube, Facebook or Twitter account to take part in the draw for this giveaway. We’re all adults here and you should decide yourself who you want to follow. Instead of following my social media channels, all you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post.
When is the deadline for the giveaway, i.e. the deadline to leave a comment?
Deadline is 15 July 2019 at 12:00 (noon) Zulu time (UTC)
How will the winner be decided?
I will use a random number generator to get a random number n. I will then check who wrote the nth comment.
I will then check whether the nth comment is the first comment by a blog reader on this giveaway post. If it is the first comment by a blog reader on this post this reader will get the pencil of their choice. If the comment was written by myself or if it was not the first comment or if the reader wrote he/she doesn’t want the prize then I will go back to step one. This ensures that I won’t win a prize myself. It also means that you can comment as often as you want, but only one of your comments (the first one) will count for the prize draw.
Deadline see above.
I will announce the winner on this blog. The winner then has one week to contact me. If I don’t hear back from the winner within a week the prize might be given to someone else or used in another giveaway or contest or I might keep it myself.
The remaining half/prize will be a prize for Stationery.wiki. You can, of course, take part in both, the Bleistift giveaway and the Stationery.wiki. In fact, I encourage you to.
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.
Compared to a selection of other mechanical pencils the Zebra TS-3 is tiny
It might not be your best choice for a daily writer, but it’s certainly a good choice for a pencil you can store in a pocket or bag so that you have a mechanical pencil when you need it. The comfort to size ratio is certainly better than what you might expect.
The video for the Kaweco Special 0.5 Push Pencil Black has been added to my YouTube channel in April, so it’s high time to follow with the blog post for this nice mechanical pencil.
All the useful bits of information about this pencil can be found in the video itself, where I had a look at the 0.5mm version. There is also a 0.7 mm, a 0.9 mm and a 2 mm version.
I only cover the black aluminium version, but there is also a brass version.
While the body is made from aluminium, the front section seems tobe made from plastic. It does look pretty sturdy, though.
The pencil doesn’t come with the clip. If you like the clip you have to order it separately. Compared to other mechanical pencils I reviewed recently the Kaweco Special has a larger diameter (so is furthest right in the chart below).
Compared to a selection of other mechanical pencils the Kaweco Special has the largest body diameter
There is no ‘dedicated grip section’, it’s just the front of the body, so this pencil is again leading the pack in terms of diameter.
Compared to a selection of other mechanical pencils the Kaweco Special has the largest grip diameter
The actual mechanism in the Special is from Japan and does contain plastic parts, but seems quite sturdy and should last many decades.