Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mixed Goodie Bag

Everyone likes a goodie bag, right? I'm giving the concept a try. See the link above "For Sale - $33 Mixed Bag". It's a selection of pencils, you choose 10 for $33. First in first served, only while stocks last, etc.

I don't want my pencil sell off to dominate this blog so will keep a limit on the sales posts.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Vintage Parker Pencils

Many of my pencils need to get out more. They are far too solitary, spending their time hidden away deep down in some dark cupboard, so recently I bought two cheap plastic display stands and am going to start having my mechanical pencils out more, slowly working my way through the collection.

First out of the cupboard then, five old Parkers. Vintage I suppose, but exactly how old you have to be, to be vintage, is somewhat vague. I guess I'm one of those who thinks 25years for mechanical pencils.

Top to bottom, models
Unknown (now identified as 51 Writefine from aeromatic 1948-57 series)
Classic - in sterling silver Cisele pattern

If you happen to know what model "unknown" is, then please do enlighten me.

The tip and visible clutch jaws are the most distinguishing feature.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Poll Result - Preferred Lead Size

The results are in. Thanks to those who voted and/or commented on the recent poll.

The question was, "What is your preferred lead size?"

The results are

17.1% = 0.2 / 0.3 / 0.35 / 0.4mm
37.8% = 0.5mm
29.3% = 0.7mm
6.1%   = 0.9mm
1.2%   = 1.1 / 1.15 / 1.18mm
2.4%   = 1.3 / 1.4mm
4.9%   = 2mm
1.2%   = Bigger than 2mm

Total = 182 votes

For comparison, the same poll back in 2007 produced this result

0.3mm = 7%
0.5mm = 42%
0.7mm = 22%
0.9mm = 11%
1.1 to 1.4mm = 5%
2mm = 7%
Even bigger = 4%

The 0.3mm size range seems to be the big mover. Orenz?

Friday, October 05, 2018

Parker and Sheaffer Clearance

I'm still slowly working my way through the collection. Before I head over to that auction website and pat a heap of fees, I'd much rather do a deal with one of you, so I have updated a Sell Page (see the header bar above) with some Parker and Sheaffer pencils... and even a ballpoint pen :) A range of items from the 90's and 00's and some vintage too. Please tell your pencil friends :)