25 Good Quality Pencils.


From Comrade Shane in Utah, who always sends us good stuff.

I bought a bag of these pencils at Smith and Edwards, an eclectic sporting goods, hardware, military surplus, and farm implement store near Ogden, Utah. They had a whole box of these overruns and misprints, available for $1.25 per bag of 25 random pencils (plus extra erasers.) My kids sharpened up a few, and they are real wood pencils. I haven’t used them yet myself, so I can’t comment on the quality. But the cheap bulk purchase was what interested me. Just from the photo you can see there are pencils from schools, banks, real estate, insurance, charter buses, and even the Mississippi National Guard. There’s gotta be a future collectible in there. But I’ll let my kids doodle with it.

Anyone find “lots” (to borrow the auction word) of pencils like this? I’ve found a few random assortments of “vintage” pencils on eBay before for a few bucks and have found some interesting pencils therein. Maybe not necessarily valuable or collectible, but certainly of value to Pencil Users. It’s a very rare pencil that doesn’t tempt me to sharpen it and use it.

(Text, photo, S.T. Used with kind permission.)

4 Replies to “25 Good Quality Pencils.”

  1. Estate sales are great for these “lot” purchases. On Friday I was at an estate sale where the owner had been an engineer. I purchased a gallon zip-loc bag filled with pencils for $6 which besides the novelty and politician pencils included a Berol Mirado 174 #3, several Dixon Ticonderoga 1386 #2-5/10, a Martin 54 #2, a Castell 9000 3H, and a number of other US made #2.5’s and #3’s. I also picked up some 2mm Faber, Eagle, and Berol leads across the H scale (the lead holders were included with the pens and were sold before I could get them), a box of still supple Eberhard Faber Pink Pearl erasers for $3, and another lot that included an Eberhard Faber Pink Pearl 400-A eraser pen and a full box of the eraser pencils with the brush on top. This was not the typical sale but most estates sales sell the office supplies cheap and in bulk. There are websites where you can view pictures ahead of time to determine if it is worth checking out.

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