Jewel-Toned

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These two pencils happened to cross paths on my desk recently, and I was struck by the combination of the two unusual colors.  The overall “look” and finish of the two pencils are somehow similar too – I’d love them to be contemporaries but the Schwan Stabilo is probably a bit younger.

Granted, this kind of color-play can go on forever, but there was something about the turquoise and ruby that was absolutely lovely.  One of the simple, everyday pleasures that pencils can afford us.

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4 thoughts on “Jewel-Toned

  1. Wow! The colour combination is indeed beautiful. I also admire the design – it looks like back then the companies have put much more effort in typography and lettering of their pencils, and although quite a few styles have been mixed here it looks great (at least to me). When looking at the eagle and the swan I am amazed how these shapes have been simplified to withstand the comparatively rough printing. – By the way, it looks like you have got pre-1991, i. e. German-made Schwan micros.

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    1. Yes, the colors are both quite unusual for pencils I think, and the beautiful gold print complements that. Did you know that the eagle is actually clutching a pencil in its claws? More on that later ;) The Turquoise has many variations and in previous versions the printing can be a bit messy, and in my opinion this version is the most pleasing to look at among those with the Art Deco-style eagle logo. The “micro” lettering on the Schwan Stabilo reminds me of the Hi-Uni :)

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  2. 저 새들이 다시 날길 바라는 마음이 저뿐은 아닐 것 같아요ㅋㅋ Turquoise는 다른 연필들보다 굉장히 가볍던데 Eagle 시절의 것도 그런가요?

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    1. Berol 매수 이후의 Turquoise는 색상도 많이 밝아지고 몸통도 둥글어지고 지나치게 가벼워져서 싫어하는데요 (인조인간 같은 느낌이 들어요 ㅎ), 옛날 Turquoise들은 그렇게까지 가볍지는 않은 것 같아요. 지우개가 안 달려 있어서 직접 비교하기는 어렵지만 적어도 Dixon Eldorado같은 지우개 없는 동시대 타사 연필보다 가볍다고는 못 느꼈어요.

      개인적으로는 Eagle 연필이 필기감이 좀 더 촉촉해서 Eberhard Faber나 Dixon등보다 선호합니다. 독수리야 다시 날아다오~~^^

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