These black, Swarovski-style “studded” Staedtler pencils arrived courtesy of Matthias @Bleistift some time ago. For some reason I like them very much. I say “inexpensive” because they seem to belong to the same category as the Faber-Castell Grip 2001 and the Caran d’Ache Grafik, but I haven’t been able to verify that because I can’t find them on any major online shop with price information. Needless to say, I’ve never seen them here either. Does this guy even have a name, apart from “Art. Nr. 133-9”? I’d very much like to know!
[Note 15/03/13: they seem to be available online under the name “Staedtler Noris Executive Limited Edition Pencils”]
This is the kind of quiet, uncomplicated pencil that performs dependably and doesn’t attract attention to itself in the hand, the kind you reach for when you don’t particularly feel like pampering yourself with a pricey flagship-grade pencil, but don’t want to be annoyed by any scratching or crumbling either. It writes lighter than a Noris, very clean. And the design is pretty classy, too (or maybe it’s just to my taste – I’m not too fond of the Grip 2001).
The one above is factory-sharpened, and the one below is sharpened with the Deli 0635, which produces a beautiful, longish cone ever so slightly concave that is reminiscent of the (more extreme) Janus 4048. BTW do you notice the difference in the base coat? One shows some yellow beneath, while the other shows red. Why should that be, I wonder?
Many thanks, Matthias, for the pencils and sharpeners! They are much appreciated :)