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:
- Palomino (USA)
- Chung Hwa 6151 (China)
- Hi Uni or Tombow (Japan)
- Staedtler Mars Lumograph (Germany)
- Helix Oxford (UK)
California Republic Sampler:
- Golden Bear
- Forest Choice
- Palomino Blackwing
Fine Writing Sampler
- Palomino Blackwing
- Tombow Mono
- Faber Castell 9000
- Golden Bear Triangular
- Dixon Tri-conderoga
- 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?
7 thoughts on “Pencil sampler packs: A good idea?”
If you could ship it to Australia for less than an arm and a leg, I’d certainly buy one.
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. (-:
I think that is a great idea and I would definitely be interested.
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.
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. (-:
My girlfriends birthday is coming up, and she does pencil drawings. A sample pack would make a very nice gift.