Just Pencils

It started with LX‘s The Write Stuff, followed by a Write of Passage by Dinahmow ; this lead us to Pens, Pens, Pens … at [Ms]Scarlet’s Wonky Words, and finally to IDV‘s insight : Pens: The Best Friends You can Have!
LX uses only one pen – or to put it better : He has found the right pen for his writing needs, and stays with it – a “Pilot Precise® V5 Extra Fine point“.
Dinahmow is not so peculiar with her writing tools, she uses a “Staedtler Lumocolor or a ZIG or something similar” for drawing and has bought a “Lamy Safari“, a cartridge ink pen in yellow, what fits nicely to the yellow walls of her house.
Ms Scarlet flashes not only her steely nibs, but – to my amazement – uses a “Bic Biro fine nib (no blobs with this one, Dinah)” (What she buys in bulk !) “a 0.4 Pilot G-Tec-C maica; Mitchell Scroll nib 20; Mitchell broad edge nib no.3; Titanium Zebra G from calligraphy buddy Linda Yoshida; Gillott 303; Leonardt EF Principal nib; Brause 66EF nib, and Brause 361 Steno nib“. And this is only a part of her huge collection, but yeah, calligraphers love their tools. Wonder where the ink tanks are dug in ?
InexplicableDeVice is clearly a “Mitsubishi uni-Ball“-man, but also uses a “uni-Pin Fine Line 0.3” and a propelling pencil – fine chap !

This includes to take some pictures, why not show the writing utensils in their natural habitat ? Well, yeah … the pictures will give a general impression … don’t have the nerve to clean my desk now, sorry, so no embigulation !

I do not like Kugelschreiber in general, especially since one of these damn things ruined not only a shirt in my youth, but also sapped its blue gloop in a small writing case made from leather I liked very much – we still call these things “Federmäppchen” (kleine Mappe für Federn / a small briefcase for feathers), despite the fact that feathers are not used since ages for writing. I also owned a small Federmesser, a small knife that originally was used to cut into feathers to prepare them for writing, later it was used for sharpening pencils.
I prefer industrially made sharpeners. Sometimes I use a “Füller”, a cartridge ink pen, I still have some from school. And I have a real filler or fountain pen (Tintenpisser) inherited from my father. If I have to write a letter I use one of the cartridge pens, preferably with black ink, of course blue will do. But in general, for other uses, it’s a pencil. Always loved them. And btw in archives you are only allowed to use pencils, preferably very soft ones, so if you have to scribble something on this 18th century letter it can be erased easily after the archivist has fed you to the dragons – with a Ratzefummel of course. I prefer the “Läufer Plast”-series, very effective, easy on even fragile paper (see this pdf).

Here is a picture of the dirty left upper corner of my desk.

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Three boxes: A golden Stabilo box, a box for cigarillos upon a blue plastic box.
Three boxes: A golden Stabilo box, a box for cigarillos upon a blue plastic box.

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The cigarillo box is what I carry around when I go to the library or visit an archive. It contains a ballpoint pen too, simply because one needs them to fill out forms. Which is also possible with a “Kopierstift“, but people do not believe this – don’t get me started … Here it is an astoundingly chunky one in yellow, so it fits into my nervichte Schreibersfaust. It has a small, sharp point, hence gives a fine line, writes in black and is an advertising gift, from a company that produces advertising gifts.

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Cigarillo-box : What one carries around, even a ballpoint pen.
Cigarillo box : What one carries around, even a ballpoint pen.

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The Stabilo box contains different “Kopierstifte” and “Tintenstifte” – or better, what is left of the original pencils, and some others.

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Just some pens.
Just some old pencils.

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The blue box contains my supply of LYRA Orlow Cop. 7200 Mittel, dokumentenecht. Their website is “under maintenance”, don’t know how long this will take, here is a short story of LYRA.

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Only five left.
Only five left.

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I use extensions, when the pencil becomes too small to hold, as you can see on this one in the kitchen :

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Pencil with extension.
Pencil with extension.

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Despite my silly fixation with old pencils I also use mechanical ones, propelling pencils. I own some nice examples. Here is one abused as bookmark in my sleeping room. Yes, I know, bad for the book.

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Propelling pencil abused as bookmark.
Propelling pencil abused as bookmark.

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And before you feel the urge to ask – No, my ankles are not that swollen or yellow, I just wear yellow socks ! Paper ? I use basically any paper I can find, as long as it is white ; without lines or squares, just plain white paper in an acceptable format, like DIN A 4 or smaller. I do not write a diary, so writing by hand is mostly limited to some letters or postcards and notes while reading. Preferable with my LYRA.

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14 thoughts on “Just Pencils

  1. Oh my word!!! You have pencil extensions?! And you ARE tidy and neat. I am fond of pencils, but am not so possessive of them as I am pens. There is something gestural and soothing about pencil marks, something fragile. I will think about this. Thank you for sharing.
    Sx

  2. Yes, I have pencil extensions, and I use them ! I am tidy and neat, but my desk looks like – could use a nice cleansing, dear Scarlet – time to do this now.
    Pencils still amaze me, after all these years. Every line can reflect the intensity used to draw it, the energy, rage or softness put in it. And they have a nice smell 🙂

  3. Your desk is not messy .. at least, not the corner you show. I’m digging your photos, your collection of pencils, these little glimpses into the mago world. But, is that a hand knit blanket or throw behind your espadrille clad foot?
    I enjoy a good pencil. I love the ones that make a good dark mark. Let me see what I have beside the laptop here. Ahh, an average FaberCastell American #2 pencil. Standard school fare, generally used to mark in those bubbles for standardized tests. What else .. a light blue Crayola color pencil .. more school fare.. and a papermate pen, a freebee.

  4. Oh, the pencil extension reminded me of those funny little rubber things(like thimbles ) that we used to put on the ends of our pens for dialling ‘phone numbers. Oh god! I’m probably the only one who remembers a rotary ‘phone!

    I like your assorted boxes and feddermappchen.

  5. Bathroom, Norma.

    Oh no handknit anything, Hoppelschaum ! That is a industrially produced rug lying at the top end of my mattress where the books are stored on the floor. The light comes from my reading lamp.
    FaberCastell really conquered the world. Lyra is also from Nürnberg. What is a papermate pen ?

    I think “pelican” nowadays does extra large pens, dearest Peenee – I just saw something when I looked on websites in preparing this post …

    Very DIlbert-ish, LX ! But when one has lost a good shirt to a dripping biro these things become attractive ! There are also these metall caps for the sharp end of the pencil, so that one does not poke oneself accidentially.

    A trusty Espadrille, dearest Annakamaga !

    Oh yes, rotary phones ! I did not know that there were special extensions for dialling with pens, Dinahmow !?

    Der Tintenpisser, Nikos. Today the terminus technicus is mostly applied to ink printers.
    Oh yes, tinren, nobody leaves home without !?

    Yes, an astounding mixture of wood, lacquer and the components of the “lead” – what reminds me, I have to look of a video about producing Bleistifte – later in the afternoon, lovely Roses.

  6. That little corner of your desk is wonderfully cluttered, Mago! I like to think that clutter shows that things are being done – At least, that’s what I tell myself when I can’t be bothered to tidy my desk (I swiped everything aside for the photos I took).
    I love your collection of pencils. Especially the lovely LYRAs. As for the pencil extension – I never knew such a thing existed! I feel ashamed…

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