Like the Dixon Ticonderoga in the US, the Staedtler Noris is ubiquitous, an icon of pencil design and available throughout most of the world. The most popular is the yellow and black striped HB with a red end dip, but the Noris line is available in a few different shapes, sizes, and barrel colors. There's even a Samsung digital stylus made to look like a Noris. I haven't used them all, but I have a few and thought I'd revisit them.Read More
Admittedly, German pencil brands like Staedtler and Faber-Castell are not my forte. However, I did stumble across a few cool and fun Vintage Staedtler Mars images from around the web that I thought were worth sharing. They inspired me to try the pencils again. I got this set of 12 on Amazon.
I could find no definitive answer if these were produced in Germany or not. My suspicion is not. But these are German brands, so we're calling it for Germany. Something like the Staedtler Rally also says "perfect for tests" on their packaging, but these are "Exam Grade" pencils. In fact, the Stabilo has a whole line under their Exam Grade name, a sharpener, eraser, and ballpoint pen. If I were being super fair here, I'd review the Stabilo Exam Grade 2B against the Pelikan Exam Standard 2B instead of the HB, but it's what I had.Read More