My Collection – Photos and Commentary


Often I’ll present pencils having unusual shapes and sizes.  One of my favorites is the “tapered” shape.  Tapered pencils all seem to be quite old —

Ambassador Ad

Tapered Right

Tapered Left

Eagle Rubberhead

I find them uncomfortable to hold.  It feels like the pencil is getting squeezed backward.

This Egypt-themed one has a square cross-section, which makes the eraser end a pyramid —



This one is very special —

Tapered Mongol Pencil

It is a Mongol 482, but very different from the standard model.  It has a hexagonal cross-section that transitions to round and tapers down.

Advertising pencils could also be tapered —

Tapered Ad Pencils

I also have a tapered mechanical pencil —

Tapered Mechanical front

Tapered Mechanical back

A sliding tab pushes the lead forward.

6 responses

  1. BNP

    Too legit to quit Fred!

    January 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

  2. Garred Joseph H.

    After 55 years of pencil collecting,these are new to me. Thank you for sharing.

    January 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  3. First time I see tapered pencil in my life 🙂 I am more tha 60 years old….nothing to add.

    January 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  4. Sean

    I’ve always wondered how these were manufactured — it seems like the process would be quite different than it is for regular hex or round pencils.

    January 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    • Me too. For the round ones, I can imagine something like pencil sharpeners. For the flat-sided ones, it seems like it would require six angled cuts, not including the eraser end. I wonder what changes position and what is fixed.

      January 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

  5. Sean

    PS – I have an Eberhard Faber Van Dyke that also has “White Rose Coffee New York’s Own Drink” on the imprint.

    January 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm

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