Staedtler has long been a pillar in the stationery scene with its iconic logo, quality drawing instruments, and technical writing tools. Founded in 1835 by J.S. Staedtler, this German company developed a reputation throughout the world due to their impeccable pencils. Surprisingly, the rich tradition behind the Staedtler pencil started even before the founding of the company.
Friedrich Staedtler was born in the 17th century and is an ancestor of the company founder. He learned the art of pencil-making from his father-in-law and aspired to be an independent pencil manufacturer. At that point in time, such a profession was unheard of and even rejected since the process of producing a pencil was divvied between two professions: craftsmen for cutting and melting the graphite, and craftsmen for cutting the wood and further processing. Undeterred, he eventually succeeded in becoming a pencil-maker, manning the process from start to finish, and that passion and skill have been passed down since.
Since the company founding, Staedtler can claim a few quirky distinctions when it comes to pencils. Has anyone ever heard of “ball pencils?” Staedtler was one of the first companies to manufacture these petite pencils which were used by women to record the order of their dance partners when attending a ball. Such pencils needed to be small enough to fit into tiny purses and also stylish to match their elegant dresses. Later on, at a time when telephone booths were considered modern, and personal phones were unheard of, pencil and paper were provided in the booths to either jot down phone numbers or scribble down notes. When these pencils inevitably started disappearing, Staedtler invented a pencil with a ring at the end to keep the pencil attached to the phone and deter any pencil "borrowers."
Recently in 2011, one of Staedtler’s pencils was featured in the Guinness World Records. Setting a record as the longest pencil in the world, 56 employees created a pencil measuring 225.2 meters (738.8 feet). To put that into perspective, that's a length of over two football fields.
Having put this history lesson behind us, let’s take a look at how Staedtler actually produces their pencils:
Shout out to David M. for sharing this video!
Did anyone catch the Staedtler Mars Lumograph Graphite Wooden Pencil at the beginning of the video? As Staedtler’s flagship pencil, the Lumograph exudes the qualities of a premium writing and drawing instrument. On the outside, the pencil is coated with its distinctive bright blue color and has the degree of hardness labeled in silver on one end. The wood of the pencil comes from certified sustainably-managed forests. As PEFC-certified products, the Lumographs combine the use of excellent materials with environmentally-conscious manufacturing processes.
The centerpiece of each pencil is the rod of lead. Staedtler’s specially formulated lead is super-bonded to make it break-resistant even when freshly sharpened. The lead is smooth on paper and is available in fifteen different degrees of hardness at JetPens. The pencil is also easy to sharpen and the lines are easy to erase so you can focus more on the project at hand than the pencil in hand.
The winning combination of all these elements makes the Staedtler Mars Lumograph a worthy standout among its peers.