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Every summer when I do the back to school shopping, I have to provide stationary for the year ahead. I have bought cheap pencils before and found them to be a false economy so now buy the Staedtler Noris school pencil every time.
Staedtler have been manufacturing pencils in their German plant since 1835 and this long history of craftsmanship has earned them a reputation for quality worldwide. Their pencils are manufactured from trees which are responsibly managed which also makes them the green option.
The Noris pencil is the black and yellow striped pencil that most people will recognise. The most common shape for this pencil is the hexagon, meaning that it won't slip out of tiny fingers, but it is also sold in a triangular pencil for those just getting to grips with pencil control. The pencil is comfortable to hold and use for everyone from small children to the more mature.
Noris is part of the blacklead range of pencils produced by Staedtler, although the material inside the pencil is of course graphite. Noris is available in a few different lead types, but the standard HB is the one most commonly found and is suitable for everyday writing tasks. This lead is a reasonably dark grey colour so that it shows up clearly on the page; the lead is always nice and smooth to write with and never scratches against the paper. The marks made by Noris are also easy to rub out if you make a mistake.
The thing that really makes Noris stand out is the fact that it has break resistant super bonded lead. I'm sure that we have all had the frustration of sharpening a pencil only to find that the lead has broken into pieces all the way through but that has never happened for me with a Noris. The fact that the lead breaks less easily means that little kids will spend more time in their seats writing and less time messing around sharpening their pencil meaning one less distraction to stop them working. This is the reason why Noris work out excellent value for money as the pencils last for a lot longer than any cheaper ones.
I buy a couple of packets of Noris pencils every summer and they last right through the school year without needing replaced. Noris will vary in price but look out for the special school packs in the summer time which work out especially good value for money. These are the best quality general writing pencils on the market and I won't waste my money on any other brand.
It is a long time since I was at school but I always remember using Staedtler Noris HB pencils and it seems things have not changed all that much as these pencils have been accidentally migrating to my house via my children's pencil cases for years. I think the pencils spend the holidays with me before going back to work hard during term time.
The pencils are very distinctive as they are black and yellow striped with a red tip. Up one of the hexagonal sides printed in gold are the words made in Great Britain, Staedtler Noris school pencil HB. I have seen many similar style pencils but nothing matches the distinctive Staedtler look.
The pencils are really comfortable to hold and take very little sharpening, they seem to stay sharp forever. The graphite in the pencils writes smoothly and cleanly and is quite smudge resistant. The graphite also rubs out easily and neatly when rubbed out with a good quality eraser.
In our house there are some quite tiny Staedtler pencils as they seem to last forever and get used till they just can not be sharpened any more. There are cheaper pencils available but I believe whole heartedly that it is better in the long run to buy or look after when they migrate home in pencil cases good quality pencils rather than the cheaper ones that seem to continually snap.
The pencils seem quite resistant to breaking even when they have been dropped and thanks to the hexagonal shape they are quite resistant to rolling off flat surfaces.
All things considered I feel that the Staedtler Noris pencils are the best pencils around. They are available in W H Smith, Wilkinson etc and from various online retailers. Prices do vary and you can expect to pay at least 50p a pencil.
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I've never been impressed by brand names and usually go for whatever will save me money. With that in mind, we have gone through a number of bargain pencil packs before I decided to splash out and buy Staedtler. I was getting fed up with pencil after pencil breaking. Every time my son started to do any school work the pencil lead would snap. I have burned out two good battery powered sharpeners trying to sharpen cheap pencils, and with the trouble I have with my hands, I can not use the manual sharpeners. Even when we did get a pencil sharpened, they took a lot of pressure to write properly and my son found this quite difficult. My husband thought we should keep buying more and more packs from the pound shop as they were only a pound and hopefully we would eventually get lucky - but a bargain is only a bargain if you can use the product. I remembered having Staedtler pencils years ago and decided to give them a try.
We first bought a small pack of three pencils as shown above, then because my son asked for some with the rubber attached I bought a box of Staedtler Norris rubber tipped pencils. A box of 12 without the rubbers are £3.55 from Amazon and the same number with rubbers costs £4.15. These came pre sharpened to a fine point, and the lead does seem to last for ages before it needs sharpening again. When I finally did end up needing to sharpen one I found my last battery powered sharpener does still work for these and it only took a few seconds, where we spent several minutes and quite a lot of pressure trying to make the pound shop ones sharpen, and the old motor no longer has the power to do anything but chew the cheaper pencils up.
In addition to lasting longer, my son finds these much easier to write with, and I have even used them myself. I usually will not use pencils, as pens require less pressure and I find exerting any pressure on a pencil painful. As my son does have some issues with his hands as well which are aggravated by cold I am more willing to pay extra for anything that makes writing a bit easier for him. He has found these so much easier to use , he often doesn't bother with his special pencil grips anymore and his handwriting has improved as well. Where these really make the most difference though is in art, these are quite suitable for drawing, and make such a difference. It's really hard to believe a brand name pencil can be so much better than an ordinary pencil - but I will never buy another brand. I'm even considering buying coloured pencils from them, and I've always considered coloured pencils far to difficult to work with.
I feel this is an excellent quality product at what I feel is a reasonable price - £4.15 isn't really so much to pay if the pencils last me a year, which based on the way they have been holding up - they should do quite easily. In addition to this, having a peek at the companies web site - it appears that this company is ethical as well. Staedtler have signed a charter against compulsory child labour, discrimination and unfair wages. Of course being produced in Germany - compulsory child labour would be out of the question anyway. But I do feel producing their pencils in Europe at reasonable wages means they have to charge a bit more. I will not go so far as to say that conditions in European factories are perfect, but we can expect there to be some health and safety provisions. Pencil making was listed as one of the more common occupations for child labour, and the conditions are often quite poor for these children.
The companies website also says they are working on ways to reduce wood consumption, including producing a new product that uses only 70% wood products to make the pencils. They also state that all wood used is certified as being sourced from sustainable forests.
I remember using the Staedtler pencils when I was at school and it would seem that they are still widely used in school these days as well as my son uses them currently. I always like to have a stash of pencils in at home as my son needs them for doing his homework but he also likes to use them to draw. They come in handy for me too as I am forever writing lists and things. The box of pencils that I have had for a while now is the Staedtler noris pencils and this is my review of them.
The pencils can be bought from good quality office supply or stationary shops but I have never seen these in a supermarket. I actually bought mine online from amazon where I seem to buy almost everything from and they cost me between three and four pounds and were delivered for free. The box contains twelve pencils and whilst I am aware you can buy a pack of pencils for around a pound in the supermarkets I still think these prove to be excellent value as they are in my opinion the best pencils around.
The pencils are of a standard size and have black and yellow stripes down them which I think makes them stand out and look interesting. The lead is of a standard size too really and these are HB pencils which are perfect for our needs as they aren't too harsh but they aren't likely to smudge or break easily either.
These pencils are really good quality in terms of how long they last. They don't seem to blunt very easily and so you have less sharpening to do which is a good thing in my opinion as your pencil lasts longer. In terms of sharpening though these fit a standard sized pencil sharpener and they sharpen really well. With some cheaper pencils they sharpen but leave jagged rough parts afterwards and they just seem to snap easily. This isn't the case with these pencils which is why I know I have bought a quality product.
The pencil is great for every day use to be honest. My son is able to do his homework with them be it maths work or pieces where good handwriting is essential and he is able to do this with them with ease. The end of the lead seems to stay sharp for a good amount of time and leave crisp, clear writing as you go. I also find they can be good for me at work when I am doing rota's and need to rub things out because you can also write quite lightly with them!
This is a great all rounder, quality pencil which is worth paying more for. The lead rarely breaks if the pencils are treated properly and this is not the same with cheaper brands in my opinion and so I find those to be a false economy. I certainly recommend this one.
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@ About @
If you work in an office then chances are you will have some pencils lying around, and when it comes to pencils Staedtler are the best brand I've ever used. They aren't too expensive, they last long, and the wood is good quality. I have a box of ten sitting around at home, and whilst I do use them a lot, they don't need replacing as often as other brands.
The pencils cost me £5.49 for 12 and some come in a box with rubbers on the end and some come without. The ones without have a painted red spot on the top instead. The rubber they use is very thick and crusty. It breaks off little pieces when you are erasing things and this is probably the worst part of the pencils build quality. The erasers can be removed by squeezing on the side of the metal casing, and pulling them away. They don't need a lot of effort to get off.
@ Writing @
These pencils normally cover about 40 pages with my fists of iron bearing down on them but if you are more careful and take your time these pencils can easily last a lot longer than that. In my hand the pencil feels smooth and lightweight. They haven't made the wood too think which means they will snap under pressure, but they wont and cant bend. The lead inside will break from a large drop but occasionally knocking the pencils off the table is fine, and they normally do survive this kind of landing.
On paper they write neatly and it is uncommon for them to leave chunks of lead all over your paper. They have soft lead so you have to be careful not to apply too much pressure onto the page or the lead will snap off.
The paint on the outside of the pens can break off into little chunks if you rub them with your nails but holding them in your hands all day with sweat constantly hitting the outside of the pen isn't a problem - the paint wont wear off for quite some time.
@ Overall @
These pencils are practical, durable, good value for money and they wont need replacing all the time. The wood is thick, does not bend and is high quality (does not break into little splinters either) they are comfortable to write with too. These are very good pencils. I cant help wondering why the ones with rubber tips cost 70p more though. The rubbers are tiny and break too easily. Without them they are much better and for the money you save you can buy one full sized rubber which will be of better quality.
A pencil is a pencil is a pencil. Surely?
Well, actually no - not in my book. There are a lot of cheap and nasty pencils around which you can get for next to nothing but which either break easily, don't sharpen properly, the lead falls out, it needs frequent sharpening etc etc. Most of these are cheap foreign imports - the sort of pencils that get pencils a bad name.
Staedtler Noris pencils are German and go about their task with quiet efficiency. Made from wood from certified, sustainably managed forests, they are strong and effective. The lead is hard, sharpens well and does not need frequent sharpening. This is the kind of pencil that stays with you a while and in my case gets sharpened away to next to nothing.
I seem to remember these from school and we have certainly had them at work, They are yellow and black and have the Staedtler Noris brand, Made in Germany and the type of pencil (in my case invariably HB, but you can also get 2B, B, H and 2H) clearly stamped on the side.
They have break resistant super bonded 'lead' (of course we all know it's not lead, don't we?). My experience is that you can sharpen these with just a couple of turns of a decent sharpener; you get a nice sharp point which lasts and the lead doesn't fall out as happens in so many cheaper pencils.
You can get these with a rubber but I prefer to ride mine bareback. I always have a few pencils lying around. At least when you use a pencil you don't have that issue that so frequently occurs with a biro - i.e. it doesn't write at all or it takes ages to get the ink to flow.
These are the pencils I have been using thoroughout my entire school years, and I also still use them quite a lot of the time now. I am very familiar with the pencil and feel I have a lot to say about it, so thought I might as well put it into a review.
SHAPE & COMFORT
The shape of the pencils is the normal thin, long hexagon shape. Because it is a hexagon shape the edges can make your fingers ache if you've been using the pencil a long time, as in digs into you slightly, but I still prefer this shape to if it was completely round, as I think then it would probably slip out of your hand and make it harder to draw/write.
The pencil is striped lenghtways in yellow and black. The end of the pencil is white and orange. The design isn't particularly eye catching or anything too amazing. It is quite simple really but still effective.
There are different graphite types that you can get the pencil in. You can get it in different Bs - these are really soft, dark shades which are best for drawing with, for toning etc. H pencils are the ones that come out really light and you need to press a bit harder with them. These are still good for use in drawing with toning etc, but personally I prefer B pencils and would normally only use Hs for writing.
This is really my favourite pencil to use. They are strong enough to last a long time and sharpen really well. The lead inside it has never fallen out in any of the pencils I've had from this brand, which is a lot. They seem like a pencil you can really rely on and enjoy using. They can be bought from almost all supermarkets and stationary stores, such as Tesco and WH Smith which are two I've purchased these from before (they are normally cheapest in Tesco).
In my school days, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and groups of high-powered scientific people with mutton-chop whiskers would meet in wood-panelled halls to discuss the latest nuances of the phlogiston theory, the thing to have in your pencil-case if you wanted to impress your classmates in some inutterably dull lesson was your very own Staedtler Noris pencil. It just looked so grown-up and professional, with its black and yellow stripes, its thoughtful rounded-off hexagon shape, and the little red bit at the top. If you had one (or better, several) of these then you were part of the stationery elite. (Not the stationary elite, however: that would have been me during the average PE lesson...)
So here we are, countless aeons later, and the Staedtler Noris pencil is *still* classy and professional-looking. Unlike a lot of fondly remembered things, it really hasn't changed all that much over the years, although sadly my own trusty HB seems to be a bit of a collector's item now for its golden "Great Britain" stamp. Time was when all school stationery was made in this country, but these days hardly any is: even the fabled Helix Oxford Maths Set now hails from China, would you believe? At least the Staedtler pencil hasn't suffered that indignity, with those I checked in a local shop the other day bearing the legend "Made in Germany". Oh well, I suppose that's an acceptable second best.
Staedtler's logo is a (very) stylised representation of the head of Mars, the Roman god of war, so perhaps I should be careful what I say about this pencil here! Happily, there is nothing of any note to complain about. These pencils are available in the five most common grades (from 2B to 2H, with the mighty HB carrying all before it) and I have always found them utterly reliable. The makers inform me that they have a "super-bonded lead" which makes them resistant to breakage, and although my research for this review did not go as far as trying to break them just to see (I know, I know, I'm a lightweight) I think it is fair to say that it is very rare that one fails on me.
To be honest, though, what more is there to say about a pencil? Oh, I could spin this out a bit further if I wanted to, perhaps by recounting some amusing anecdote concerning the time I used the red blob on the end to signal to a passing ship when I was marooned on a tiny desert isle in the South Pacific. It would, of course, be a complete and utter lie, but it would in all probability be more exciting than telling you that this is a pencil which writes well, which doesn't tend to break and which is quite inexpensive - Staples sell them in packs of three for 99p. Ah well, such is the mundanity of real life. In short: these pencils are pretty good, and I recommend them.
My daughter has just gone back to school after the Easter holidays, which meant we had to take a trip to stock up her pencil case. Being only six, the school have not yet graduated her to writing with a pen, so pencils it is for now - and the ones I always buy are Staedtler Noris Pencils, instantly recognisable due to their vibrant yellow and black stripy colours, with a bright red end.
Like many other pencil brands, they come with varying thickness of writing end, as well as different levels of hardness. They're pretty easily available in most stationary shops, but they are not the cheapest of pencils . They cost upwards of 70p each, whereas you could get a pack of ten cheap pencils for that price . Personally though, I think you do get what you pay for with these, they really are good quality.
Firstly, not only do they write and draw smoothly and easily, (no heavy pressure is needed to get decent readable writing) but I find that the lead itself is quite strong and doesn't wear down particularly fast, or snap easily if over sharpened . And when it comes to sharpening, these pencils really are a joy, being easy to sharpen to a fine point with no snapping, and very little breakage at all . The hexagonal shape of the pencil body itself provides an easy grip surface for little hands, whereas my daughter struggles to keep a good grip on smooth sided pencils . I also find that, should any mistakes need correcting in my daughters work,this pencil erases easily, leaving her homework looking neat and tidy .
Thanks to the vibrantly coloured yellow and black design, these pencils are easy to spot in your stationary shop - and as they are such good quality, I definitely recommend picking some up for your childs pencilcase.
DRAWING on my writing skills to create a SHARP and straight to the POINT review about my favourite PENCILS.
Pencils - just like humans, they come in all shapes and sizes, and are made by a range of manufacturers. Ask someone to name a brand of pencil, and most people will say they can't think of any - but a few nerdy individuals will say 'Staedtler', which just happens to be the World's leading supplier of writing implements - so there.
From here on in, i'm going to write the word PENCILS in capital letters, so if you're skim reading you'll be able to easily pick out the vital information about these PENCILS.
Staedtler are a German company which was founded by a certain Mr Staedtler in 1835. Although PENCILS are a big part of Staedtler's production output, the company also manufacturers a range of other items, including pens, erasers, squirrels, and rulers.
Staedtler's 'Noris' line of PENCILS are of the classic hexagonal design with yellow and black stripes running down the length of the shaft. They should not be confused with Norris from Coronation Street, who isn't a PENCIL, and has an extra 'R' in his name.
The hexagonal shape means that the Noris is comfortable to hold, and doesn't slip in the fingers whilst you use it. That said, a PENCIL slipping out of my hand isn't one of my primary life concerns. The funky colouring resembles a wasp, albeit a stretched and remarkably straight wooden wasp.
The graphite interior of the Noris is available in five different sexy models - 2B, B, HB, H, and 2H. For those of you unaware of the PENCIL hardness scale (you fools!), 2B is the softest (perfect for sketching and shading) whilst at the other end of the spectrum, 2H is more of a technical writing tool (great for graphs, charts, and prodding small children). HB is the classic best of both worlds general use scribbler, and as such is popular in schools, brothels, and hospitals.
If I were to buy PENCILS (I say 'if', because generally you 'find' PENCILS in a range of unusual places around the house, rather than having to actually purchase them) I would always opt for the Staedtler brand - firstly because their lead's don't seem to snap as easily, and secondly, because they are reasonably priced. Their break resistant nature apparently comes from their special formulation which also provides "longer writing with fewer interruptions" - this is important to me, because I hate those pesky interruptions when i'm writing - I also hate apricots and men with tiny arms.
When I think of PENCILS (no, I don't think of them that often), I like to think of the classic tale relating to the space race. NASA scientists spent over ten billion dollars developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300C - wheras the Russians just used a PENCIL.
Anyway, to conclude, let's just re-asses why these Staedtler Noris PENCILS are so darn good...
-Especially break-resistant thanks to super-bonded lead
-Easy to erase
-Easy to sharpen with any quality sharpener
You can currently purchase a Staedtler Noris twelve pack for £4.78 from Amazon ...don't all rush to the shops at once folks ;)
I think pencils are underrated. The use of a pencil is linked by many to children. But we write things down all the time, and most of us aren't blessed with the ability to always get things right first time. A couple of seconds armed with a good rubber and you're all set to start again.
I really like the feel of a pencil in my hand. More specicifically, I really like the feel of a Staedtler Noris Pencil in my hand. Its edges just seem to fit in my fingers and the mark it makes on the page just seems to be thick and warm- or if you sharpen it, sharp and crisp.
You probably think I'm off my rocker, and I'm quite sure you're right. But if you haven't used these pencils in a while, buy them again and you might get what I mean. These pencils are you're ordinary "yellow pencil" or whatever. They won't keep breaking. They won't run down quickly. They won't leave a mark when rubbed out. But they will remove one nuisance from your life.
Pencils are used everyday in and out of the office. The ones I always look for are Staedler Noris Pencils as they are of superior quality and write very well. As well as for writing and note making, they can be used for drawing and art as they come in a variety of different shades and textures - all you artists will know more about this! The classic pencils have been produced for an awful long time and their classic yellow and black stripy design remains to this date.
The pencils aren't as cheap as others - you can buy them individually for around 80p each but you can also buy them in packs for a discounted price. You can also buy them in packs with the Staedler Mars Plastic Eraser, which is a superb product to go with the pencils (read my last review). The pencils are made in Germany, as with all other Staedler merchandise. Staedler are well known for their stationary and products for in and around the office. They produce only the very best, quality products, and this is another one.
The pencil has 'super-bonded lead', which strengthens it and makes it extremely difficult to break. This goes for the actual lead pencil itself, which is very strong. The pencils can easily be sharpened, and unlike others, they don't snap and break away when you start sharpening them. You can give them one quick sharpen and they will be in ideal condition for use and you won't end up with a 5cm pencil after one sharpen! The pencils are also easy to erase despite giving a very solid and reliable look when used. They are ideal for exams these days as exam papers are most commonly scanned into computer systems to be sent to the markers. The quality of the pencils makes them sure to be seen, if they are used with substantial pressure obviously.
You can also get the pencil with a little pink rubber built into the top, which is great as you can flip it upside down and then use the rubber if necessary. My experience using these pencils has always been one of perfection. Ultimately, they are the best pencils you can get and will give reliable quality and a great performance. They have an eye-catching design with a bright red end, so you will be sure to find them in any good stationary shop including WHSmith and ones for the office. I would highly recommend these pencils based on their pure quality.
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A rollerball that writes just like a fountain pen that does not smudge and does not scratch.