A virtual mini-museum of the halcyon days of the Canadian pencil industry.
Here are the top five pencils in my collection of vintage Canadian made pencils. Why are they my favourites? They are beautiful to look at, are noteworthy or have some historical significance, and write wonderfully.
1. The Maritimer
The Maritimer 1758 was manufactured by Eberhard Faber. Living in the Maritimes, Canada's eastern provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island (PEI), gives this pencil special meaning. This pencil's number, 1758 signifies the year that representative government was established in Canada. It came in several colours but this glossy red is my favourite.
2. The Chancellor
The Dixon Chancellor was one of the few pencils made with graphite sourced from Canada.
3. The Venus Velvet
The Venus Velvet is not especially rare but it an exceptional pencil to write with. The Canadian version of the pencil has the number 6557 while the US version bears the number 3557.
4. The Ensign
This is a beautifully designed pencil with red on one side and blue on the other. Great for editing work.
5. The Sovereign
Advertisements for the Sovereign in the 1940's had the tagline "A fine British name for a fine Canadian pencil."