My Best Pencil Ever

For some reason I don't recall now, I studied technical drawing and drafting in high shool. One of my fondest memories of that experience was ordering my own STAEDTLER pencil. I used this pencil for everything and there were a group of us geeks that always had them out for all of our classes. I even used one of these in my first year of college when I studied art, but I lost track of it when I transferred to UW Madison my sophomore year.

STAEDTLER Mars technico 780 C
I've thought about getting another one of these on and off for years, and two recent stories that I read made me think about this again. First, there have been reports of people paying top dollar for Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 pencils, which I understand were discontinued in 2002. (That must be some pencil!) Second, I read a funny post by Danny Gregory, where he explains the tools he uses to create his amazing artwork. (Read it all the way to the end.)

I finally picked one up this weekend at Office Depot for $8.00, which included a box of leads and an eraser. (Not too bad for what I consider this is the finest pencil I've ever used.) I'm really having a good time with it. The only thing that drives me nuts is that I need to carry a separate eraser as there isn't one on the pencil itself. Note that I went to high school in the early 80's, so this probably isn't the exact model I used, but it's very close. I seem to remember the metal holder near the tip being a little more coarse and sharp (as in, cutting into my fingers sharp) and I don't recall a lead sharpener in the push-button.

Comments (2)
  1. Daniel says:

    Hear Hear. I went to high school in the mid-eighties, and likewise, via tech drawing, I eventually bought a clutch pencil. It was a pretty big deal for me at the time. Such things were expensive for folks like me in Ireland. I loved it. It was a green Faber Castell pencil. It had the sharpener in the top, but it was not advertised, word of mouth type of thing. I remember the blood thing really well, despite not seeing it for years. Since that clutch pencil, I’ve been using the .5 mm pencils, which promise the world but just don’t deliver, for so many different reasons. Still, the .5mm type are the only ones I find lying around the house, so I’m stuck with them. Your post makes me want to go out and renew a lost love.

    Thanks for that.

  2. Norman Diamond says:

    Hey, did you see that posting just below yours? Someone spouted off about a Visio connector instead of a pencil connector. See if you can set him straight ^u^

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