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?