Devoted Comrade Dave in New Zealand recently made a week-long experiment with wooden pencils, a foray away from the mechanical pencils he so excellently writes about on his new and very well-written blog:
Now whilst my main interest is mechanical pencils, I am certainly not immune to the charms of wooden pencils, so I thought that it was time to put my mechanicals away and have a â€œwooden weekâ€.
Anyone visiting a selection of shops here in New Zealand would quickly get the impression that Staedtler was the market giant, with Faber-Castell a fairly distant second, and so I decided to trial three Staedtlers and two Faber-Castells.
I chose the following HB grade pencils as a reasonable selection of different price ranges, qualities and designs:
Monday – Staedtler (Australia) Pacific 830
Tuesday – Staedtler (Australia) Tradition 110
Wednesday – Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 (Made in Germany)
Thursday – Faber-Castell Grip 2001 (Made in Germany)
Friday – Faber-Castell Goldfaber 1221 (Country of origin not identified)
Read the rest of the results here.
[Image, D.P.Â Used with kind permission.]