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Giant Pencil Shaving Lampshades

Giant Pencil Shaving Lampshades

Inspired by the shavings created by sharpening pencils, designer Nanako Kume created a series of hanging lampshades with gigantic versions of the curly wood scraps. She started out by making an oversized pencil sharpener, then massive pencils to stick into it. Her process is just as fascinating as the finished pieces.

Nord Woodless Pencils

Nord Woodless Pencils

These special pencils feature a full graphite body. This makes it easier to fill in large areas by angling them. Plus, they have six times more usable pigment and are easier to keep sharpened. Nord woodless pencils come in black as well as a variety pack of colors. They’re not cheap, but they’ll last a very long time.

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Great Write Pencil Sharpener

Great Write Pencil Sharpener
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We’re going to need a bigger eraser. This shark-shaped sharpener (sharkener?) is ready to chomp down on your pencils and give them a nice point that’s as sharp as a great white’s tooth. We don’t recommend attempting this with an actual shark.

Stilform AEON Everlasting Pencil

Stilform AEON Everlasting Pencil

This elegant writing instrument works with interchangeable magnetic pencil tips. The metal tip can write indefinitely with its soft lines, while its graphite tip is ideal for art and sketching. It comes in aluminum, magnesium, titanium, or brass bodies with a wood veneer accent.

Best Mechanical Pencils 2022

Best Mechanical Pencils 2022

You might do most of your sketching on your phone or laptop these days, but ideas often flow more fluidly on paper. Mechanical pencils a great for their pen-like precision plus erasability. Our pals at Everyday Carry picked the 22 best models to choose from, with our favorite being the hexagonal-bodied Kaweco Special.

TIScribe Titanium Pencils

TIScribe Titanium Pencils
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Urban Survival Gear makes these limited-edition mechanical pencils. They feature a smooth titanium body with a striped texture on the finger grip. A Schmidt DSM 2006 pencil mechanism holds leads firmly in place and comes in 5mm and 7mm lead sizes. The pencil is available in both 5.36″ long and 4.76″ long mini versions.

Drawing with a Thorny Pencil

Drawing with a Thorny Pencil

Artist DP Truong is always coming up with clever and different ways to draw portraits. This time out, they just used a pencil, but the trick is that it was covered with thorns on every side, making it incredibly difficult to grip and sharpen without causing pain.

Grovemade x Blackwing Pencil Kit

Grovemade x Blackwing Pencil Kit
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Accessory maker Grovemade teamed up with Blackwing to create this elegant and modern desk set for people who still favor sketching with pencils. The stand is made from American black walnut and comes with a dozen of Blackwing’s premium incense cedar graphite pencils and a machined aluminum long-point sharpener.

Colored Pencil Guitar 4.0

Colored Pencil Guitar 4.0

After building three electric guitar bodies out of colored pencils, Burls Art has stepped up his game by making one with more than 2000 individual pencils, nearly doubling his last effort, and incorporating the neck into the same mold as the body. Watching that crystal clear epoxy poured over the pencils is just so satisfying.

Michael Graves’ Pencil Set

Michael Graves’ Pencil Set
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This pencil set from the firm of legendary architect Michael Graves contains 24 colored pencils in his sophisticated palette. Graves’ minimal aesthetic is everywhere, from the essay on color usage in the design process to the die-cut sleeve’s grid of squares — a nod to Graves’ characteristic window pattern.

Donut of Pencils

Donut of Pencils

We’ve seen how colored pencils can be turned into some cool objects, and here’s another one for the collection. Sit back and enjoy as artist Andy Phillip takes hundreds of the pencils, bathes them in resin, and then turns them on his lathe to form a colorful torus. We rather enjoyed watching those resin threads go flying.

Making a Sword Inside a Pencil

Making a Sword Inside a Pencil

John Wick and Heath Ledger’s Joker have both proven that a pencil can be a highly effective weapon all on its own. But it’s makeITcool’s job to make things cooler, so they got to work turning a saw blade into a tiny sword that stows inside of the body of a No. 2 pencil.

Paper + Pencil Manga Machines

Paper + Pencil Manga Machines

Shinrashinge creates amazing interactive manga which play out with the turn of a pencil. Each one is made from a series of opaque and tracing paper rolls that overlay and combine to tell a story. Watch three more of their tear-jerking manga machine stories here, here, and here.

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How Long a Line Can a Pencil Draw?

How Long a Line Can a Pencil Draw?

One of the downsides to drawing with a pencil is that you frequently need to sharpen it. But if you keep a pencil sharp, how long of a line could you draw with it? YouTuber President Chay thought it was time to find out, so he covered his treadmill with paper and got to testing with different kinds of pencils and a pen.

Kaweco Sketch Up Pencil

Kaweco Sketch Up Pencil
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Measuring in at just over 4″ long, Kaweco’s short, yet substantial metal pencil feels fantastic in the hand and won’t roll off your desk. Rather than a complex mechanism that can jam, its thick 5.6mm leads are gripped in place, and there’s a sharpener in its pusher. Available in black, brass, and satin or shiny chrome.

Drawing Portraits Until the Pencil Is Gone

Drawing Portraits Until the Pencil Is Gone

As we’ve seen before, DP Truong has exceptional portrait drawing skills. In this video, the artist wanted to see how long they could draw and how many Marvel characters he could crank out with a single pencil before it wore down to an unusable nub of wood and graphite.

Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 Pen/Pencil

Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 Pen/Pencil
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This chunky, yet versatile writing instrument combines four pen colors and a pencil. It has retractable 0.7mm black, blue, red, and green ink cartridges, a 0.5mm mechanical pencil, and an eraser hidden under its cap. The pen comes in black and white as well as a variety of other colors. Ink refills sold separately.

Pencil Sharpener Desk Caddy

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

Pencil River Table

Pencil River Table

Artist Nick Zammeti shows off a wild-looking dining table that he built using a combination of rustic wood planks, resin, and thousands of colored pencils. What makes it especially cool is the river of pencils that flows down its center and off of the table into a waterfall at its end.

Best Mechanical Pencils 2020

Best Mechanical Pencils 2020

Whether you’re an artist, designer, architect, scientist, or student, a pencil can come in handy for jotting down ideas that you might want to change. And a good mechanical pencil gives you a precision point without the need for sharpening. Everyday Carry picks 10 mechanical pencils designed for longevity and utility.

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Lyra Groove Pencils

Lyra Groove Pencils
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These special pencils from Germany’s Lyra are designed to help youngsters get a better grip, but we think anyone can benefit from their grooved exterior and anti-roll shape. They come in a variety of styles, including blue, metallic, or slimline with regular leads, as well as colored pencils.

Write On Icing Pencil

Write On Icing Pencil
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Do you suck at decorating cakes? This oversize pencil makes it easy to write words and drizzle icing on pastries and plates. Simply fill it like a syringe, then gently squeeze the pencil to draw fine lines on cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and more.

Uni Jetstream 4&1 Pen/Pencil

Uni Jetstream 4&1 Pen/Pencil
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Uni’s multipurpose writing instrument combines four different ballpoint inks with a mechanical pencil. It has smooth-flowing 0.7 mm red, green, blue, and black pens on board, as well as a 0.5mm pencil lead for those times you need erasable writing. There’s also an eraser hiding under its back cap. Refills here.

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Maker King Minhvuong shows off a really sweet design for a tabletop Bluetooth speaker. He built it using hundreds of stacked colored pencils set into epoxy resin, then cut, shaped, sanded, and varnished the resulting block to form an eye-catching enclosure.

Sherbet Titanium Pencils

Sherbet Titanium Pencils
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At first glance, these might look like ordinary pencils, but look closer, and you’ll notice they have a sharp, titanium point. Handcrafted by Sherbet Glass Art, they’re designed to let glass artists sign their art by leaving a permanent line of titanium on their work. We also dig the rainbow-colored metal variant.

Colored Pencil Guitar 3.0

Colored Pencil Guitar 3.0

Burls Art has made a guitar out of colored pencils before. But this one has its 1200 pencils lying on their sides, giving the unique instrument a more linear and structured appearance. The finished instrument is up for auction on eBay with all proceeds going to Feeding America’s COVID-19 response fund.

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