Today’s pencil has crossed the sky and sea, it has arrived at our beach and taken up camp..resting before tomorrow’s battle. Today we take a look at a pencil I’ve been anxious to try, the Viking Skoleblyanten. This elegant yellow pencil will make to see your typical yellow #2 pencils in a whole new light. Let’s sharpen up and take a look!
Before starting off with my typical highlight of the company background.. let me just say the box these pencils are shipped are pretty awesome. I love the design on the black box.
Viking was founded around 1913 by a small danish matchstick company. They have had quite the history due to swapping hands with different owners because of matchstick competitors buying out the factories in Denmark. Eventually they were purchased by Creas in 2010 and just a few years ago slowly started moving the factories back to Denmark. I’m happy to see their products starting to make it into the American market and can’t wait to try out more of their stuff. They have quite the selection of stationary products 🙂
The Skoleblyanten is Denmark’s equivalent to America’s #2 pencil. They have a simple yellow lacquered hexagonal body with a black lacquered tip. I do not know 100% what the wood is made from but I did manage to find a small note that said it was made from “Mine” or “pin” wood. After a few minutes of trying to research this I believe it may be of some sort of Oak.
The pencil does not weigh very much so this pencil may not be for people that like heavier weighted pencils. It does write very well without being too scratchy and it also manages to keep a nice point after a page worth of writing. This pencil also doesn’t have much of an odor, which is sad but in my mind is not a problem at all.
- Simple and classic design
- Doesn’t break easily and writes well for long periods of time
- Not easily available. I believe CW pencils carries a few but I had to order mine from Denmark.
- Very light, not a problem for me but I can see this being an issue for some pencil enthusiasts.
Viking Skoleblyanten HB
Price: $1 per pencil an ~$10 for a 12 pack
Lead Grade: HB
Body Color: Yellow Lacquer with Black Lacquer tip
Body Shape: Hexagonal
I really enjoyed trying these pencils out. I don’t get to say too often that I’ve tried something from a Danish manufacturer. Be sure to keep an eye out for these and pick them up if you get a chance! I can’t wait to try more from Viking’s line of products. Also let me know if you’ve tried any of their stuff in the comments below or send me a message in the contact section of the website. Thanks again as always!