Pencil sampler packs: A good idea?

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but the reason I decided to start writing about pencil was because I bought a California Republic sampler pack from PencilThings. As I recall, it had a Palomino, a Prospector, a Golden Bear, and a ForestChoice, and it was only three or four dollars! It was such a steal, and I think it taught me to appreciate pencils as an instrument for writing, rather than a throwaway item.

PencilThings no longer sells a sampler pack, and I can’t figure out where to get them. I’ve been thinking about selling sampler packs of various pencils on this site, not really to make a profit, but as an educational outreach tool. I could sell a 4- or 5-pack for $5 or less, and include a letter explaining some of the finer points of using the pencil. What do you think about that idea?

Some of the ideas I’ve had:

Pencils from Around the World:

  1. Palomino (USA)
  2. Chung Hwa 6151 (China)
  3. Hi Uni or Tombow (Japan)
  4. Staedtler Mars Lumograph (Germany)
  5. Helix Oxford (UK)

California Republic Sampler:

  1. Palomino
  2. Golden Bear
  3. Forest Choice
  4. Prospector
  5. Palomino Blackwing

Fine Writing Sampler

  1. Palomino Blackwing
  2. Palomino
  3. Tombow Mono
  4. Faber Castell 9000

Triangular Sampler

  1. Golden Bear Triangular
  2. Dixon Tri-conderoga
  3. Marco Grip-tite

Do you have any ideas? Would you get any of these sampler packs for friends you’re trying to evangelize pencils to?

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7 thoughts on “Pencil sampler packs: A good idea?

    • Deej, thanks for the feedback! Whenever I can get this project going, I’ll let you know. And perhaps
      if I send it Parcel Post, it can get there fairly cheaply? It
      might take forever, but at least pencils don’t spoil. (-:

  1. As someone still (obsessed) searching for the perfect pencil, this sounds like a great idea. I’ve already looked up a few pencils just from mentions on the blog.

  2. Seems like a very nice idea for helping people get into different pencils. I don’t think I’d choose the exact same pencils were I doing the project myself, but I suspect everyone will have their own biases. I’m also not sure why you’d make a California Republic sample pack and not a Staedtler sample pack or a Mitsubishi sample pack instead. Perhaps it’s just an issue of availability?

    • Robert, thanks for your feedback! Indeed, I’m not necessarily locked into a California Republic sampler over, say, a Staedtler or Mitsubishi pack. I would love to do those. But you’re right, it is hard to get them over something like a Palomino. I intend to dredge eBay, though I want to keep costs low for me, so I can keep costs low for buyers. I certainly wouldn’t sell to make a profit, but I can’t lose money on it. (-:

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