Thursday, 1 September 2011

Pencils !!

Faber-Castell Tri Grip Colour Pencils
One of my pet hates is sharpening a pencil and the lead is broken inside.  Grrrr it frustrates me endlessly.  When my teens were younger this drove me to Warehouse Stationery NZ where I spent a while reading the backs of all the coloured pencil boxes in an effort to find a better pencil that I did not need to sharpen and sharpen and sharpen again!

I discovered that Faber-Castell had a new type of pencil on the market and were advertising SV bonding.

What is SV Bonding ?
SV stands for the German word "Sekuralverfahren" meaning secural bonding or (secure-all bonding). The SV Bonding is a process of gluing the lead to the wood on both sides and the full length of the pencil. This results in strengthening the lead to prevent breakage, provides for better sharpening, which produces a fine point. All Faber-Castell pencils are SV Bonded. SV Bonding is a Faber-Castell trademark.

Faber-Castell Jumbo Colour Pencils


I ended up buying a set of Faber-Castell Jumbo Colour Pencils and have never looked back.  They have lasted for over 10 years of almost daily use in our house.  I highly recommend these pencils.

This is what three of my daughters pencils look like after 12 years of use.  Miss used to colour in every day!


They hardly ever need sharpening and when they are dropped the leads do NOT break inside. They are more expensive to purchase than other brands but well worth the price as you do not sharpen them very often and the leads do not break.  In fact I have had a set for Sir N which he uses often and I sharpened them for the first time yesterday.

A friend of mine has a 13 year old who tried them out and said he preferred the thicker pencil as his hand did not become tired while using it.

What type of pencils do you use in your homeschool that are value for money ?

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Blessings



6 comments:

  1. I love pencils and years ago I read this wee story...
    short inspirational Parable Of The Pencil - Pencil story



    The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

    "There are 5 things you need to know," he told the pencil, "Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be."

    "One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand."

    "Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil."

    "Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make."

    "Four: The most important part of you will always be what's inside."

    "And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write."

    The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.


    Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

    One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

    Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you'll need it to become a stronger person.

    Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

    Four: The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.

    And Five: On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.



    Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.

    Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.




    Not sure of the author. Blessings to those who read this.

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  2. Awesome!!! Thank you soooo much - the mystery of annoying pencils has ended!
    It also shows the best kind to send O/S in the Christmas shoe boxes :)

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  3. Love the parable Kangarookath. First time I've seen that story, very encouraging.

    You are welcome Mrs B and I agree they are great in gift parcels.

    Blessings

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  4. Yes, we are lovers of fine pencils here too, Faber-Castell included. :o) That's what I buy the girls these days.

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  5. Thanks for the information. I hate pencils for the same reason as you: the leads are almost always broken all the way through and I end up sharpening and sharpening them to nothing. So frustrating.

    I knew that Faber-Castell pencils were better but never knew why. Now I know.

    Faber-Castell for the win!

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