The perfect pencil?

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Here’s something I didn’t buy in Vienna, though I was tempted: the Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil, reviewed extensively at pencil talk and much discussed elsewhere, as well. The idea is appealingly simple — take a good, high-quality pencil and give it a nice looking cap with an in-built sharpener, and an extender that makes it easier to hold when the pencil’s almost used up.

I’d never seen one in the flesh before, but there were a couple of versions at Mastnak, where I looked. The price seemed to depend on the material of the cap, ranging from a cheap-looking plastic (2-3 Euros, if I remember right) to aluminum (20 Euros and above). I gather there are even more astronomically priced models out there (this one has a platinum brass-plated cap and sells for $210, for example). At any rate, I don’t really use pencils enough to justify the purchase, but it was fun to play with.

Have you tried the perfect pencil?

9 thoughts on “The perfect pencil?

  1. Thank you for the mentions!

    This would be the best link to the various perfect pencil articles at my website. Over two years, I’ve looked at nine versions ranging from plastic to sterling silver.

    The product offers a quality pencil with built in portability, erasure, sharpening, and protection during transport. Some versions are indeed expensive, but the product doesn’t seem to have a competitor!

  2. I’d love to get one of the astronomically priced models – when I win the lottery. They are real beauties.
    Brian: California Republic Palominos are great! I got a case sent to me from NYC and I love them. Can’t find them in the UK. If you start carrying them I’ll be yr faithful customer.

    • I contacted them a couple of weeks ago and never heard back, but I’ll give them a ring and see if I can’t get a hold of someone. Since you’re not the first person to ask me about the Palominos, I’ll have to look into them more seriously now!

  3. I’ve used mechanical pencils for years, but this post got me to take out a pencil sharpener I bought a while back but I can’t remember for what now (excuse the English).

    I have a Rhodia pencil and might start using it.

  4. Actually I have the plastic version, I’m not fan of pencils, I preferred the Mechanical ones, but this accessory Is actually pretty good and makes you to enjoy using normal pencils. I’m thinking in buying the UFO (the aluminum version) in the next semester of school, I like more the platinum one, the shape and the material but is far away of my budget.

  5. I haven’t tried this one before, but I have had customers ask me about it. Since I started carrying the Rhodia pencils, it has brought up a conversation with my customers about fine pencils. Another brand that was recommended to me was California Republic for high-end pencils. I’m much more of a fountain pen guy myself, but the idea of fine pencils is certainly interesting to me!

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