Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil

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I found a Perfect Pencil for sale very soon after reading about Matthias’s and John’s. The name is confusing – the Perfect Pencil is not a pencil but a pencil cap, extender and sharpener rolled into one. Mine is the cheaper “Junior” (had no choice there, there was only this available for sale at the university shop), but again, there’s no product name to be found anywhere on the packaging. How are we supposed to know?

I wanted to try this because I’ve become dissatisfied with my other pencil caps. I never liked simple plastic caps (too childish, too cheap, too fragile) or conical metal ones (too tight, leaves scratches on the pencil surface), but my cap of choice, the leather sleeve, has not been delivering good results lately. I find that leather works satisfactorily as a protector only when it is new and tight; as the pencil settles into it, the leather gradually loosens up and the pencil starts to move around (especially with longer sleeves). The other day I caught a pencil tip peeping out of the far end! I needed another solution.

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The Perfect Pencil fits snugly, and seems quite capable of doing the job (if handled gently). The Faber-Castell factory-sharpened tip is amazing, as always – but it remains to be seen whether the Perfect Pencil itself can replicate that result (I think I already know the answer).

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8 thoughts on “Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil

  1. I hope you’ll like yours. There are so many different versions available – even children versions that look like toys, but my favourite is the Castell 9000 shape. The Graf von version looks even better, but is very heavy. Too heavy for my taste.

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    1. I’ll keep an eye out for them – I haven’t really been paying much attention to this part of the stationery world until now ;) They will have more models available in Korea for sure. I like your Castell 9000 too (both the black and the green), I hope to spot one in the Canadian wild :)

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    1. Yes, I’m a regular reader and I am delighted to make Jinnie’s list! She has a really cool blog. BTW what is your opinion of the Mitsubishi Penmanship pencil? Do you think it works for drawing (as opposed to writing)?

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