Friday, 4 July 2014

Enter the Dragon

How shall I praise thee, Dragon pencil? 
The Dragon pencil is a vintage beauty. 
Deep glossy red, sharp hexagonal body, striking embossed silver lettering, and dark dark lead. And a dragon: a silver print of the beast complete with tail, wings, turned head and scales. Someone put effort into that design. The luxurious lacquered red and the dragon print  and even the little flourish on the letter A exudes a kind of exclusive orientalism, the aroma of the East carried into a Bavarian design.

The dragon in the Dragon Pencil

The Dragon pencil produces a dark smooth soft line - not as soft and as dark as the Palomino Blackwing aka king of dark - but a very pleasant and satisfying line it is. Also it holds a sharp point much longer. It is a lightweight pencil, easy to handle, pleasing to the eye. It was kindly given to Palimpsest at some time in the past by the good Lexikaliker (read his review here) and has been kept in the collection box since. But now I intend to turn it into a stub. 

Nice sharp edges of the hexagonal top
The Dragon's shades of dark

similar black with Palomino Blackwing but not as soft and retains point for longer

nice writing with you, Sir

turn it into a stub, I will


  1. Does "turn it into a stub" mean that you're going to use it up? (I don't know the pencil lingo, but I want to.)

  2. Palimpsest, accompanied by the link to Lexikaliker, have me knocking about from bumper to kicker to flipper. I can't recall the last time I saw "Ratisbon" in print, nor thought about the Celts on the Continent. That is a nicely manufactured pencil, as are the current premium Mitsubishi, Staedtler, and a few others. To each his own, I suppose, but I like that I can buy a top-of-the-line product for about USD $2. (I also grew up taking mechanical drawing courses and used wood-cased pencils then.)