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
STABILO Bionic
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.

6 comments:

  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.

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

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  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.

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

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  5. The eraser did it! Thank you Anonymous!

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