Pencils

A guide to pencil lead grades

A guide to pencil lead grades

Graphite originally became popular in England in 1564, and as the mineral was so soft and brittle that it required a ‘holder’. From here, people began wrapping graphite in string and later began inserting the graphite into wooden sticks, which is how the pencil was created. Pencils are a perfect…
5 alternative uses for pencils

5 alternative uses for pencils

Here at The Pen Company we love pencils, as do many of our customers. However, did you know that a standard, cheap pencil can come in useful for many tasks other than just drawing or writing? Here are five handy tips for solving everyday issues with the humble pencil. Loosen…
The remarkable history of the pencil

The remarkable history of the pencil

The history of the pencil. This probably isn’t an article you’d expect to surprise or excite. However, the history of the beloved and humble pencil is far more complex than most people realise, which actually makes it rather a fascinating tale – encompassing many nations, a war, and some smuggling…
Lamy AL-Star mechanical pencil review

Lamy AL-Star mechanical pencil review

Today: a look at Lamy’s AL-Star mechanical pencil. The AL-Star series of pens was released in 1997 and was created by Wolfgang Fabian, the same designer who came up with the fantastic Lamy Safari. I was a fairly early user of the Lamy Safari – I’ve been using Safari fountain pens since…