Vintage Pencils on National Pencil Day

Happy national pencil day! I recently bought this delightful bouquet of vintage pencils at a local stationery store. They include vintage Jerusalem Pencils (and slightly less vintage PanArt pencils, made in the same factory, post forced name change due to bankruptcy), Eberhard Faber Mongols, and A.W. Faber Castell 9000 pencils (pre-Faber Castell). I paid more than what the seller wanted, so he threw in three sharpeners.

Vintage pencils are the best.
I adore the typography on vintage pencils.

I have the pencils a spin, to celebrate the day. My favourites are the Jerusalem Pencils Shalom 777 F pencil (which is a seconds pencil, and that’s why it probably survived for so many decades intact) and the Eberhard Faber Mongol 482 #2 pencil.

Pencil day sketches.

Take some time to explore local stationery stores and flea markets for NOS and vintage pencils. They all tend to work exactly as they did when they were first issued (the erasers won’t work and the wood may be a bit brittle so be gentle with your sharpening), and they are usually beautifully designed.

3 thoughts on “Vintage Pencils on National Pencil Day

  1. Tina Koyama

    I didn’t know you collected vintage pencils! Here I thought all you liked was fountain pens! 😉 I collect vintage COLORED pencils, and I agree — most seem to work as well now as they did the day they were made even decades ago! And the logos/designs seem so much more decorative than contemporary pencils (most of which look utilitarian).

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    1. writingatlarge

      I adore vintage pencils – their typography and design, their boxes, the fact that they generally still work. I have to see if I can get a box of vintage Jerusalem pencils coloured pencils that I can send to you. I’m pretty sure they made them, it’s just a matter of finding them in decent enough condition, that’s all.


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