How it’s Made: Video Dump!

I posted a link to a great How It’s Made video the other day, then proceeded to spend the better part of an hour watching videos for other office-supply related clips from that show. And because I like to help others find ways to waste their time, I thought I’d share it with you.

You’re welcome.

Of note is the fountain pen video: it’s amazing how they regulate the ink flow, and how much is made by hand!

Which one was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Pencil sharpeners (hat-tip to David Wasting Paper)

Fountain pen

Retractible ballpoint pens

Bic Cristal ballpoints:

Dri-mark highlighters:


Graphite cores for pencils

Copy Paper (disturbing if you fancy yourself an environmentalist)

Pre-inked rubberstamps

A new pencil blog, and an amazing offer

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, so I thought I’d share a few things with you. I promise, some original content will be coming soon.

New Pencil Blog, Pencil Reviewer
This guy is awesome. He’s a long-time blogger, and a long-time pencil fan, but, according to his About page, only recently did he combine those two. He already has a couple of reviews up, including the Palomino Blackwing and some Koh-i-Noor Mephisto pencils with awesome typography on the barrel. And just today he posted a great list, 10 Things Pencils have in Common with Cigars.

Go check out the blog, here.

Special offer from Staedtler for readers
I am most definitely a Pencil Talk reader, so I was thrilled to see this. Staedtler is giving away 175 kits to build your own historic pencil, to celebrate their 175th anniversary, and they’re giving them to PencilTalk readers! Go over there and learn how to request your own.

When I was recalling my favorite Staedtler line (have I written about them for this blog? I don’t think so…), I recall the Noris, a beautiful yellow-and-black lacquered pencil with an apple-red tip. This is a clip from a show called How It’s Made, about how those Noris pencils are made, from cedar slat to finished pencil. I’ve watched it on YouTube no less than 20 times. Check it out for yourself:

Lego pen actually writes!

Yeah, I know this post is about pens. You should know by now that I don’t stick exclusively to pencils. But this is about something greater than a mere ink transference utensil. It’s about a pen made OUT OF LEGOS.

That’s right. I love me some Legos. I don’t even know how much money my parents spent every year when I was a child to keep me in Legos, but I have a whole bin full of them. seller derekseiple creates customized Lego pencils that actually write. And for just under $14 per pen, it’s not a terribly high price, either. Though you might be able to go to a Lego store yourself and buy the parts to make your own, you’d have to drill a core and stabilize the reservoir, and you don’t want to do that, do you?

Link to Etsy store. Found via Wired GadgetLab.

Brand Name Pencils featured on BoingBoing!

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If you’re like me, you practically worship the ground that BoingBoing treads on. Like the rise in sales when Oprah Winfrey features a book or a product, the BoingBoing “bump” will get you multiple thousands of hits in less than 4 hours. I’ve been linked to by BoingBoing on a couple different occasions (once when I blogged about Field Notes, and once from a review of a Blackwing 602), and my stat counter went through the roof.

Anyway, Mark Frauenfelder, a co-founder and regular blogger at BoingBoing (and a personal hero), linked to Brand Name Pencils, perhaps the most complete resource for pencil brands on the web. Bob Truby, the proprietor and curator has a truly amazing collection. I mean, a really amazing collection. I was excited to see him linked, and I realized that I’ve never mentioned that site on my blog! Continue reading