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Mitsubishi, Tombow, Colleen Japanese pencils

A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Pencils

A brief history of manufacturing, and what makes Japanese pencils special

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Tombow Mono pencils with Japaense sushi

Celebrating Japanese Pencil Month with New Stickers for Tombow, Mitsubishi & Colleen

I think you’re going to like what’s on the menu for June

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Getting to the Point: Pros and Cons of the Høvel Pencil Sharpener

This unique tool is transforming the pencil sharpening experience… but is it worth the price?

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Eagle Diagraph vintage pencil with sticker

Introducing the Eagle Diagraph X/R Sticker

A new sticker series reserved only for exceptionally rare pencils.

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Bonded Lead brand names for pencils

Mid-Century Marketing: How Bonded Lead Was Branded

The clever and curious names pencil companies once used to describe gluing lead to wood.

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Old pencil writing on check

Are old pencils worth anything?

Like most things, the answer is … maybe.

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Blackwing 602 pencil

How much is an original Blackwing 602 worth?

The value (and demand) of this vintage pencil has never been higher.

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Black Oak Pencil with Sticker

Rolling out new (vintage) stickers on International Pencil Day

Celebrating International Pencil Day with a trio of vintage pencil stickers

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Adjustable Clamp Eraser Pencils

Adjustable eraser pencils, past and present

Blackwings and other pencils with adjustable (clamp) erasers are all the rage today. Here’s the backstory on this 100th anniversary of Eberhard Faber’s paradigm-shifting pencil patent.

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Vintage Pencil Stickers on Old Locker

A brand new way to get stuck on vintage pencils

Announcing a new sticker series for some of my favorite vintage pencils

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