To the pencil “devotees”

wooden lead pencil

Seldom if ever in this blog I’ve talked about the leather-bound products I deal with, nor have I reported the projects that I get from my customers. I wonder why. And yet, they are beautiful and original; they’re various and tell stories of small and big expectations and focus on the days coming. If I rewind the invisible wire that ties all these creations, I see a marvelous collage of people and places: churches, monasteries and old mansions, poets and artists, travelers and sailors, adventurers and thinkers, hurried tourists and peregrine, tales of unions, detachments and domestic biographers. I’ll tell about them, sooner or later.

This entire preamble to explain the last months spent far from this blog. Busy time indeed that Legatoria Koiné people and I spent together trying to give shape to a new product.

In our small collection of writing instrument an object was missing. A very special object in fact, especially dedicated to those we’ve affectionately called (being part of the group) the pencil “devotees”.

Hand made wooden lead pencil with conic holder, red juniper.
Hand made wooden lead pencil with conic holder, red juniper.

The pencil has always been part of the human history, changing its shape depending on the need: from high intellectual to more practical affairs.

Diving in the past, we’ve discovered the worthy profile of the Suisse naturalist and scientist Conrad Gesner, who, in his papers dated 1565, offered the first effective description of the pencil:” a piece of graphite in a wooden tube”. Naïf, ok. But wait… don’t miss the rest of the story. His words came right after the fortuitous discovering of a large deposit of high quality graphite in England. Using mineral stones to draw marks was in use since the dawn of time, but that latest graphite was extremely pure and made darker marks. On the other hand, it was brittle and soft. Gesner was the first who documented the convenience of placing it in wooden sticks instead of wrapped in strings. Persuading, isn’t it? From that moment on the “pencil” concept got a modern meaning and developed spontaneously and simultaneously around Europe and, a bit later overseas. A little big object with a huge potential. The pencil industry now includes a great number of important companies and brands from around the world.

Let’s come back to our lead pencil. Wood turned and hand waxed in Italy by expert hands, it’s very attractive due to the lack of any modern mechanism. How does it work? Easy: the lead is housed in a wooden conic holder that shows a longitudinal cut. Once the holder is in the main pencil body, the lead cannot move anymore. Pull out the conic holder to move or replace the lead, then reintroduce it in the pencil body again. Et voilà!

As one picture tells more than 1000 words..

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It comes in a beautiful gift box, equipped with an old style lead sharpener made of wood and sandpaper – we’re quite sure some of you already stumbled upon this special sharpener in the past, at school perhaps during the courses in art or drawings techniques.

It’s a perfect gift for those who love the old style writing instruments and for the pencil enthusiasts.

Available in three wood types: Beech wood, Cherry wood and Mahogany and four shapes, we’ve given to them grandiose names: Aida, Carmen, Figaro and Butterfly. Inside is a graphite lead, diameter 5.6 mm, Koh-i-noor that can be easily purchased in every stationery shop around the world. Each pencil carries our brand.

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The wooden lead pencils are available here.