Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Pencil and Pen Retail Therapy. A Taste of Conté

Retail therapy. Who needs clothes and accessories when you've got pens and pencils. London Graphic Centre here I come. Picks of the day were (not in order of importance):
The pens:
STABILO pointVisco fine 0.5
STAEDTLER pigment liner 0.3
The pencils:
Conté 601 B Graphite
Conté 1355 No 41 Pastel, pink
Prismacolor COL-ERASE 20045 Cadmium Red
One bottle of ink:
Pelican 4001 Fountain Pen Ink, Turquoise

I haven't tried a Conté pencil before and I have to say this one offered a very pleasing writing experience. I find the Conté 601 B to have a solid yet buttery feel. I also like the feel of the barrel and I could even get used to the barcode which is engraved at the bottom. I loathe barcodes on pencils. The Prismacolor had one stuck on it so securely that it took a long time to get rid of and there's still glue on the wood which put me off.

Conté Graphite and Pastel

Conté Graphite 601B: Smooth operator.

Conté Pastel pink No 41. What a pleasure to press it onto paper and see it crumble away. Delectable pink.


  1. Delicious!!! You can get rid of that gum the barcode leaves with some orange oil gum remover, does a great job, smells good if you can find it.

  2. I love all of these! I'm such a pen lover that I forget to favor my pencils sometimes.

  3. Von, thanks for the advice. Orange oil sounds and (I bet) smells good.
    MME, aren't pencils *nice*? If you have a special story about any of yours, Palimpsest would be happy to have it.

  4. I usually get rid of the gum with a pencil eraser.

  5. The eraser did it! Thank you Anonymous!