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A History of the Pencil

By Paperstone on May 30, 2013 in Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
A History of the Pencil

If you enjoy painting and drawing, then you’re probably into pencils in a big way – and  may have created a work of art, however humble, with the famous Derwent artists’pencils. Derwent pencils are produced by the Cumberland Pencil Company in what was the UK’s first pencil factory, dating back to 1832. Graphite had been […]

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The Social Slencil

By Paperstone on September 2, 2012 in Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
The Social Slencil

A very devoted and well-researched blog about mechanical pencils (!), Dave’s Mechanical Pencils, brought our attention to this unusual and beautiful example from ca. 1945. Called “The Social Slencil”, the pencil has a flat design (only 2mm thick) to sit in a pocket. It was manufactured by The Slencil Company of Orange, Mass, U.S.A, who […]

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How to Sharpen Pencils

By Paperstone on May 2, 2012 in Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
How to Sharpen Pencils

David Rees’ How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants is a 144-page essay on, erm, sharpening pencils. Or at least that’s what its ostensible content is about. We came across this book via Boing Boing and […]

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Pencil Sharpener of Death

By Paperstone on March 28, 2012 in Desktop Essentials, Pencils & Accessories, Pens & Pencils with 0 Comments
Pencil Sharpener of Death

Lethal: A pencil sharpener A teenage girl’s dreams were almost dashed last week when an over-cautious cashier refused to sell her a Glee stationery set because the pencil sharpener included was deemed too “dangerous”. Emily Davies, 14, tried to buy the set at a 99p Store in Boscombe, Bournemouth, but was refused on the grounds […]

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Paper Mate Pursues Pen Thieves

Paper Mate Pursues Pen Thieves

As part of a campaign to promote their new InkJoy pen, Paper Mate® is encouraging office workers to expose pen thieves through its Facebook page. According to research commissioned by Paper Mate, 70 percent of American office workers report that their pen has gone missing from their office. And almost all of the 1,000 respondents […]

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Office Weaponry

Office Weaponry

If, in your office, it’s got to the stage where the only thing that will put a smile on your face is the sight of a colleague wincing in pain as they pull out a drawing pin from their arm, then look no further than Instructables’ Office Weapons. Here you’ll find a slew of dangerous […]

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Unintelligent Design

By Paperstone on January 11, 2012 in Fun, Paper, Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
Unintelligent Design

A museum of failed and stupid inventions has opened to popular acclaim and won a £400,000 government grant. The Museum of Nonsense in Herrnbaumgarten, Austria – dreamt up by Fritz Gall, himself a failed inventor – will move to a larger home later this year so it can cope with the thousands of monthly visitors. […]

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Giant Pencil Protest

By Paperstone on November 16, 2011 in Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
Giant Pencil Protest

On 10 November, thousands of students from over 30 public universities congregated in Bogota and other cities to protest against an education reform bill which, it is feared, will partially privatise higher education in Colombia. More than half a million students have been on strike for a month. President Juan Manuel Santos has offered to […]

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Pencil Seating

By Paperstone on November 15, 2011 in Office Furniture, Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
Pencil Seating

Just as a bed of nails can support the weight of a person without piercing that person’s skin (because the weight is distributed across many nails), so this Pencil Bench by Boex can be sat on without fear of snapping the individual elements. Apparently “stemming from a single conversation to see if we could incorporate […]

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“From Here to Here”

By Paperstone on July 23, 2011 in Artists & Graphics Supplies, Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments

Designer Ariane Prin’s project, “From Here to Here”, is about localised design, creating “useful products specific to a site from the waste generated there.” Using waste from various departments of the Royal College of Art – sawdust from the wood workshop, clay from the ceramics department, etc. – Prin creates a pencil factory that will […]

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