Caroline Weaver likes pencils so much she has a tattoo of a pencil on her arm. Weaver is the owner of the newly opened C. W. Pencil Enterprise, a preciously tiny retail store in Lower Manhattan.
From Molly Young's NY Times profile:
The store is organized with the space-saving rigor of a ship’s cabin. Pencils are displayed upright in glass jars labeled with their origin: Japan, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Tennessee. Framed vintage advertisements on the wall depict the likes of Booth Tarkington shilling his favorite pencils. (Tarkington’s advice to young writers: “Use pencils. Write on thick paper. Sharpen two or three dozen rather soft pencils before you work. Use pencils with erasers on them — and use the erasers!”)
The store has an impressive inventory of dead stock (which you can order online). A 1950s era Blackwing 602 runs $60.
I like my new Blackwing Slate journal, which our friends at Pencils.com sent me to review. The paper has the perfect tooth for a Blackwing pencil, and comes lined or unlined. Best of all, it has a holster for the pencil, which solves the vexing problem of where to stash my pencil.
Read more about the Blackwing Slate at Pencils.com
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My daughters swiped the 12-pack of Pearls I ordered, and I had to get another. I'm asking my wife to buy me a gross for my birthday.
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Our thanks to Pencils.com for sponsoring Boing Boing. As you know, Pencils.com makes my favorite pencil, the Blackwing 602. And Blackwing is now more than just a pencil, it's a full creative experience. Premium materials and generations of bookbinding experience come together in each Blackwing notebook to create the next chapter in the Blackwing story, giving you a place to store all of your ideas.