Saturday, September 06, 2014

Goodwill Score Teaser: Berol Mirado pencils

Went to Goodwill today and was pawing through the baskets of office supplies like I always do, when *this* turned up:

That's three boxes of pencils, a full dozen in each. And a pencil I've wanted to try for a long time. And for less than a dollar a dozen. I bought these so fast...

The erasers are pretty well cooked, of course, and not much good. The pencils themselves are perfect. And beautiful things they are, IMO.

I particularly like the shiny brass and red ferrules. (Yes, there's a little corrosion, but not too bad.) The ferrules on the newer Papermate Mirados (shown here on a Black Warrior) are much subdued in comparison.

Really looking forward to trying these, once I get up the nerve to actually sharpen one. And I'll hopefully do a little review of sorts once I do.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on such a great find. It does sadden me that this quality, which used to be common, is seldom available these days. Hope you report when you use one.

I've been using Pentel Sharp mechanical pencils in 5, 7, and 9mm. They aren't fancy or expensive but do their job well and reliably. Reviews mention using the same pencil for years, just refilling the leads as needed. That appeals to me, as manual typewriters do.

Jeff The Bear

Duffy Moon said...

Awesome. I never find anything like that, and it's not for lack of looking!

Bill M said...

Go ahead and sharpen one.

Congratulations on the fine pencils find.