Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Novelty Pencils by Rubinato and Swarovski

Rubinato's website informs that Francesco Rubinato's father ran a stationery shop in the centre of Treviso, Italy in the 1950s. Mr Rubinato senior catered to lovers of fine writing instruments and accessories attracting customers from the Italian crème de la crème. Francesco built on the successes of his father specializing in the antique writing culture and offering anything from wooden nibholders and quills to handmade inks and sealing wax.

I didn't know any of the above until I came across Rubinato's pencils in an airport stationery shop. They call themselves Rubinato  CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements and they are all-black, no-markings, cylindrical affairs featuring a Swarovski crystal at the top. The display surely looks pretty as the eye feasts on the cylinders of purple, blue, yellow, green, orange, red, white crystals and you want to buy them all. As novelty pencils they make for a nice gift - imagine taking one of these babies out of your handbag - umm, perhaps. But fancy stuff aside Rubinato are decent pencils to write with. They are not graded but I would say they are on the soft side.

At the airport they retailed at 2.30 Euro. I see that the Storage Store in Amazon offers them for $18.99 for 5. It would have been a good gift for Mother's Day but too late now. Perhaps next year. The Francesco Rubinato website is worth a look and a browse too.

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