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Pencils

Pencil Sharpener Desk Caddy

Pencil Sharpener Desk Caddy
$15-$25  Buy Comment

Kids today probably have no idea what a pencil even is, but for those of us who cut our teeth on Number 2 writing instruments will appreciate this fun desk caddy that looks like a giant sharpener. Made from real wood and stainless steel, and available in single or double sizes.

Colored Pencil Ukulele

Colored Pencil Ukulele

After watching Nick Zammeti make a gigantic pencil out of colored pencils, we figured he was out of pencils. But Nick is back to wow us with another build – a working ukulele made from the same stuff. We were wondering how he was gonna hollow out the body. Now we get it.

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Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

For no reason other than to see if he could do it, artist Nick Zammeti made a gigantic coloring pencil out of thousands of individual coloring pencils. He adhered the pencils together with resin, turned them on a lathe, then carved it into shape. Its giant lead means it can actually draw.

Interchangeable Pen & Pencil

Interchangeable Pen & Pencil

Inventery’s aptly named Interchangeable Mechanical Pen and Pencil is a handsome brass body that accepts both Schmidt 9000 EasyFlow M pen and Schmidt DSM 2007 pencil refills. It has a removable clip, a click cap and an eraser cap. It’s available in three finishes.

36 Pencil Bowl

36 Pencil Bowl
~$62  Buy Comment

Designed by Michiel Cornelissen, this 3D-printed structure lets you make your own custom display piece by adding 36 colored pencils of your choice. Its base is designed to hold 36 hexagonal pencils. Available in a variety of colors from Shapeways.

Carbonara Pencil

Carbonara Pencil
$74+  Pledge Comment

We love the minimal look of this lightweight carbon fiber pencil, which is designed to suspend a 2mm lead in its center. The lead can be released by pressing on the body of the pencil. Each one includes 12 graphite leads, a red lead, a mini sharpener, and an eraser.

Making a Guitar from Pencils

Making a Guitar from Pencils

Watch as Burls Art transforms 1200 colored pencils drowned in epoxy resin into the body of a Fender Stratocaster style electric guitar. He says he’s never built a guitar before, which makes his build just that much more impressive.

Apple Pencil Pencil Mod

Apple Pencil Pencil Mod

While there are skins out there that allow you to customize the look of the Apple Pencil, we really love what Cedric Chase did with his. With a little sandpaper, fabric dye, and paint, he was able to make his digital stylus look just like a real pencil.

How Pencils Are Made

How Pencils Are Made

After seeing a series of incredible images of the process of making pencils by photographer Christopher Payne, we decided to hunt down some video footage of the process of turning wood, graphite, and clay into writing instruments at New Jersey’s General Pencil Co.

Passive Aggressive Pencils

Passive Aggressive Pencils
$10/set  Buy Comment

Are you over your job? Remind yourself of your general state of corporate ennui with these all-black pencils, each embossed with a phrase that echoes your true feelings about having to work when you could be outside having fun. Sold in a set of five nihilistic designs.

Everyman Grafton Mechanical Pencil

Everyman Grafton Mechanical Pencil
$29+  Pledge Comment

Everyman based its upcoming mechanical pencil on its proven refillable pen as well as customer feedback. The pencil has the same durable anodized aluminum body as the pen. It has a replaceable eraser and interchangeable reservoir so you can use 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead.

Motorcycle Engine Pencil Sharpener

Motorcycle Engine Pencil Sharpener

Did you break the tip on your pencil again? You could go for one of those fancy mechanical pencils, or you could rig up a pencil sharpener like the one Giaco Whatever hacked together – using a 1000cc two-stroke engine to spin the sharpener up to speed.

A Little Pencil Music

A Little Pencil Music

You’ll want to put your headphones on to get the most out of these videos from Dani Ochoa, who figured out a way to pace her writing so it makes music as the pencil hits the paper. Turn up the volume and enjoy her renditions of Star Wars’ Cantina Theme and Imperial March.

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Zebra DelGuard Unbreakable Pencil

Zebra DelGuard Unbreakable Pencil
$6-$8  Buy Link Comment

One of the most annoying things about mechanical pencils is how easy it is to crack their leads. The Zebra DelGuard uses a smartly-engineered tip that dramatically reduces the likelihood of a break, no matter how hard you might press down.

Pilot Eno Mechanical Colored Pencils

Pilot Eno Mechanical Colored Pencils
$10/set  Buy Comment

When black lead isn’t enough, these Pilot Color Eno pencils will add an erasable splash of color to your drawings, with the precision of a 0.7mm mechanical line. Sold as a set of eight colors, including non-photo blue. Additional colored lead refills available here.

Pencil+ Sharpener & Extender

Pencil+ Sharpener & Extender
~$40+  Pledge Comment

Andrew Pyza created the Pencil+ to make the most out of wooden pencils. Its aluminum body lets you transport and use pencils no matter how short they get. It also has a built-in sharpener with replaceable blades. Available in raw, rose gold or gunmetal.

Modern Fuel Mechanical Pencil 2.0

Modern Fuel Mechanical Pencil 2.0
$70+  Pledge Comment

Beautiful metal mechanical pencils. Compared to their predecessor, these ones come in stainless steel, copper, bronze or titanium bodies, each tested to be perfectly balanced. They also work with all lead sizes and have a retractable tip.

KarlBox Drawing Set

KarlBox Drawing Set
$2850  Buy Comment

What happens when fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld teams up with writing instrument company Faber-Castell? Fancy, shmancy stuff, like this extravagant, limited-edition trunk, filled with 350 premium graphite pencils, pastels, and markers. Sadly, most artists can’t afford it.

Neri Pens & Pencils

Neri Pens & Pencils
~$45-$85  Buy Link Comment

Interno Italiano’s Neri are minimalist pens and mechanical pencils. Instead of having caps and the usual refilling system, they simply have a brass thumbscrew, akin to that used in technical compasses, to hold the ink cartridge or adjust the pencil lead.

Penxo Pencil

Penxo Pencil
$29++  Pledge Comment

A pencil that uses 2mm lead refills, except it has no moving parts. Instead, Penxo’s aluminum body simply grips the lead. Push your thumb into its gap to adjust, insert or remove the lead.

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Rotring 800+ Pencil & Stylus

Rotring 800+ Pencil & Stylus
~$80  Buy Link Comment

The Rotring 800+ is a mechanical pencil and stylus in one. Its pencil head prevents the lead from breaking, and retracts to give way to the rubber stylus tip. It also has a hexagonal barrel and a knurled grip.

Gun Cylinder Pen Holder

Gun Cylinder Pen Holder
$18  Buy Comment

Do ya feel lucky, punk? Your desk certainly won’t when you place this cast aluminum Gun Cylinder Pen Holder on it. It’s got six chambers to hold your favorite writing weapons, and it’s not going to take any guff from a messy, disorganized desk.

Inkless Graphite Quill

Inkless Graphite Quill
$29  Buy Comment

Unlike our favorite inkless pens, this writing tool uses graphite. In fact, it’s all graphite, so you can use the entire surface to write. An anti-smudge compound keeps it from rubbing off on your hands.

Clockwork Pencil Sharpener

Clockwork Pencil Sharpener
~$22  Buy Comment

Designed to look like the key for winding an old clock (or a robot toy), Suck UK’s metal sharpener is perfect for keeping pencils sharp enough to throw them into the ceiling so they stick.

Honest Boy Pencil Sharpener

Honest Boy Pencil Sharpener
$10  Buy Comment

Pinocchio, the little wooden boy with truth issues turns your pencil into a lie-detecting proboscis as he sharpens it to a fine point. Makes less sense without a pencil shoved into it, though.

How Pencils are Made

How Pencils are Made

Staedtler shows us how they make one of their pencils via the Discovery show How It’s Made, from the wooden slabs to the “lead sandwiches” to an awesome mass sharpening machine.

Kuru Toga Self-Sharpening Pencil

Kuru Toga Self-Sharpening Pencil
$6.50  Buy Link Comment

A mechanical pencil with gears inside that rotate the lead to maintain a sharp tip. It doesn’t quite trump our favorite writing instrument, but props for making a pencil commercial seem exciting.

Free Form Ruler

Free Form Ruler

This concept writing instrument from Monocomplex measures the distance between two points by drawing a line – straight or curved, the distance would display on an embedded LED display.

Drill-Powered Pencil Sharpener

Drill-Powered Pencil Sharpener

C.H. Hanson’s Finish Carpenter Kit includes a real man’s sharpener – it fits in any drill and 1/4″ shank quick-change systems for fast and consistent sharpening. Also comes with 4 pencils.

Disk It Sticky Notes

Disk It Sticky Notes

2 snaps to the old school style of computing: Istanbul designer Burak Kaynak has dreamed up these 3.5” floppy disk shaped sticky notepads. They’re only a prototype, but wouldn’t they be fun?

Masterpiece Sticky Notes

Masterpiece Sticky Notes
$7  Buy Comment

Those little reminders you write to pick up toilet paper for yourself just got a little more classy, thanks to the gilded frame that comes with these sticky Masterpiece Notes.

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