American Velvet

A pencil I know nothing about, from a manufacturer I am relatively unfamiliar with – but one I find unexpectedly beautiful.

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It has many of the characteristics commonly found in other pencils of that time (I’m guessing pre-WW2, possibly earlier), such as a slightly thicker core, sharp edges and luxurious ferrules, but the unpainted body came as a surprise. It’s coated with only a thin layer of varnish, which shows off the caramel color of the wood wonderfully.

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The opposite slat is of a darker coffee color. A fine line is visible where the slats meet; I only hope the cedar will live up to its reputation and keep from splitting.

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One of the loveliest ferrules I’ve ever seen :)

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