My Collection – Photos and Commentary

Rhinoceros Preservation

Here’s a neat imitation pair –

I think the top Rhinoceros pencil itself is very interesting.  It’s an antique long-ferrule lefty with a nice logo and soft lead with the archaic BBBB designation.  Also, it is made in England by ALPCO, which stands for American Lead Pencil Company (more on that later). 

Then there’s a modern imitation from Taiwan.  Again a lefty – rare in modern pencils – and even keeping the BBBB!  I suspect the lead isn’t even that soft.  Very few people nowadays (besides me, and now you) would even be aware of what the new pencil is imitating (even if there were intermediate varieties), so it’s not really a case of stealing prestige from a famous brand (as with the Lumograph).  But the Rhinoceros style was and is pretty cool.

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3 responses

  1. Gunther

    Very interesting! The old pencil is amazing but the animal on the new one is barely rrecognizable – to me it resembles a rhizome, not a rhinozeros.

    June 29, 2011 at 12:09 am

  2. I love lefty pencils (as a lefty myself)! The ferrule on the antique pencil is so much fun — it looks heavy-duty!

    Gunther: A rhizome? Maybe rhinoplasty? :-P

    June 29, 2011 at 7:08 am

    • Gunther

      I marvel at the ferrule too but I also wonder why only so few companies have ferrules without these ugly pinches – to me, these destroy the shape (the Dixon Ticonderoga and the Palomino Blackwing 602 are two notable exceptions).

      Yes, maybe rhinoplasty but it could also be rhinoplasticine ;-) Of course the animal could also have been in poor shape when modelling.

      June 29, 2011 at 7:37 am

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