A broken Wopex 2

Sniff..

I guess I’m a glass half empty guy. One of my Wopex in 2H broke today. A glass half full guy would probably rejoice, now being in possession of two pencils instead of one.

Broken Wopex

I used it to open one of the fire doors at work using the pencil. Something I am sure I did with other (wooden) pencils in the past. They survived, my Wopex didn’t.

Broken Wopex

I guess the fact that it the Wopex is hard to sharpen made me subconsciously assume that it would have a high fracture strength.

 

 

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This and that 2

Today: just a few lines on different topics.

 

The Pen Rest

You might remember the Pen Rest, mentioned previously. The Pen Rest Kickstarter project has been restarted and is now fully funded. It can now be found here.

 

 High PPI Bleistift

I have changed the way pictures are being shown on this blog. If you have a device with a high pixel density then websites are being rendered in a different way. This affects many mobile phones and tablets, but also some computers. Basically your browser will display everything bigger so that things are not too tiny on your screen. For images that means that an image that is 540 pixels wide might be enlarged to be 1080 pixels wide. If you have a high pixel density device your computer will hopefully now load another image instead – one that makes better use of the resolution of your screen. It’s a bit like when the higher resolutions where introduced to some PalmOS devices (Yes, I had one. I was more of an Apple Newton user, but many years after the killed the Newton I made the switch to PalmOS). Unfortunately not all old images have been uploaded in a high enough resolution, but it should work for all new images.

 

Pelikan Wanderlust

I while ago I was part of Pelikan’s Wanderlust project. Pelikan will be holding a Facebook Event tomorrow. There will be many prices to be won. I will attend (online) as someone who wrote one of the letters, but will only join the event late as I am teaching in the afternoon and in the evening. Hope to see you there.

My Wanderlust letter

My Wanderlust letter

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Lego erasers (again)

The Lego erasers by Senator (€0.75 each)

The Lego erasers by Senator (€0.75 each)

Lego erasers from China and Germany

The non-Senator Lego erasers (£2 each)

The non-Senator Lego erasers (£2 each)

I have mentioned the Lego erasers in two previous posts: The first Lego erasers where made by Senator in Germany. When they moved production to China the erasers got much more expensive, rising from €1.49 for two to £7.95 for four1. They got cheaper now (£2.99 for four), but the Chinese made Lego erasers are still more expensive than the German made ones were – unless you get lucky, like I did, and get them on offer. In my case it was on offer because the supermarket wants to get rid of their stock. I paid £1.49 (~$2.22; €2.06) for a pack of four.

The Lego Movie erasers (£0.75 each)

The Lego Movie erasers (£0.75 each)

The version I got is being sold as part of the Lego Movie franchise – but as far as I can tell there’s no difference between the normal Lego erasers and the Logo Movie erasers, except the colours.

 

Performance

To compare the erasers I used Banditapple 3G paper and a Simbalion pencil. Performance wise the Lego Movie erasers are pretty good. You might have read in previous blog posts that I prefer dust free erasers. The Lego erasers performed as well as or even a bit better than a Mono dust free eraser (a dust free eraser, but not one of the best dust free erasers).

legomovie-erasers

Looks

This eraser has much stronger sprue and flow marks than the Senator eraser did. Unfortunately I can’t take a comparison photo as I have given my Senator erasers away (I think to Hen from Rad and Hungry).

legomovie-all

The sprue marks are quite obvious

 

Overall

For the price I have paid these are excellent erasers. Performance for a not dust free eraser is excellent.

Comparison Lego / Mono dust free eraser

Comparison Lego / Mono dust free eraser


Prices: April 2010, January 2012, February 2015

Exchange rates: March 2015

  1. They were more very expensive in the UK, I’m not sure about the situation in other countries []
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Blog and Monocle 2

Blog

You might have noticed that the look of this blog has changed a lot in the last days. The theme that I have used until recently wasn’t working any more as it should, at least not in new versions of WordPress1, because it hasn’t been updated by its developers for several years. I have switched to another theme. I still miss my old theme (I guess you do, too) and if I find a nicer theme I might switch again, but for now this is the best I could come up with.

How Bleistift used to look like

How Bleistift used to look like

Monocle - Issue 81Monocle

No, not the Gentleman’s single-use unlubricated monocle, but Issue 81 of the magazine called Monocle. When I went to the supermarket I noticed that the latest issue, a Japan special, also features an article about pens and pencils in Japan. Unfortunately you can’t read this article online, but (as a consolation) here’s a link to their video report about Staedtler.

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Other uses for cedar wood 7

Pencils obviously aren’t the only use for cedar wood. Here’s an interesting other use: protect clothing from moth damage. Aromatic oils from the red cedar are said to kill moth larvae.

Red cedar wood from Arkansas

Red cedar wood from Arkansas

Red cedar is actually not exactly the same wood as the one used for making pencils. The red cedar is actually a juniper, but it is, like the pencil cedar, part of the cypress family.

I bought this pack of two hooks for £3.49 (~ $5.25; €4.95) in my local HomeSense.


Price and exchange rates: March 2015

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