A Handsome Black Pencil (2)

Luxury probably means different things for different people. For me, it would be things like having a couple hundred new, hardcover books lined up to read.  Or being assured of a limitless supply of the world’s best teas. Or going on a polar journey on an icebreaker. Owning a proper dozen of vintage Eberhard Faber Round Gilts would belong right up there with other extravagant wishes… though for me it isn’t strictly necessary, as a single one already sparks enough joy to last a stationery lifetime. 

This striking round pencil doesn’t carry its own name (it does in different versions, for instance on the catalog page you can see @Contrapuntalism), and the black-and-gilt color scheme suggests that it was marketed to the managerial class. When I first broke it out I had the surreal impression that it had inherited half of the genetic material for the EF Blackwing, the other half having gone to the Commerce. I was feverish, I think. Later on, as the novelty wore off, I got used to the silky, almost oily smoothness, but the mystery and the romance endure. A suave, handsome pencil that keeps its secrets.

7 thoughts on “A Handsome Black Pencil (2)

  1. It seems that “round gilt” was nearly as generic as you could get, kind of like “hex natural.” A.W. Faber and Johann Faber both had a ’round gilt’ pencil in their catalog, and I suspect many others did as well.


    1. Oh, then “gilt” wasn’t quite the upscale term it sounds like to modern ears, eh? 😅 I did have the impression from reading up on your blog that the ferrule material was generally referred to as “gilt” at that time, but I didn’t know it was that commonplace. Maybe that’s the reason the model name’s missing from the body? Thanks so much for your comment, it rather puts things in a new perspective… 😮


    1. Seriously. But what did you think about the Round Gilt, Sean? Was it extraordinary (for any reason) or was it just good, comparable to the other pencils in the EF lineup?


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