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Perfect Pencils – 9000 and the Junior

June 25, 2015

A quick visual comparison of two varieties of Faber-Castell’s “Perfect Pencil”.

(For those of you who don’t know, the perfect pencil combines a cap, extender and sharpener, and is a great way to carry a pencil in a pocket without stabbing yourself with the point).

The 9000 is designed to match with Faber-Castell’s quality art pencil, the 9000 range, and is priced at around £10.

The Junior is a lower priced version, and can be bought for between £3 and £4.

Cap/Sharpener Comparison

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The “Junior” is on the left, the 9000 on the right.

As the picture shows, the “Junior” has a somewhat beefier, more modern appearance.  The clip on the Junior is part of the moulding of the main part of the cap, not a separate piece as on the 9000.  The Junior’s lower section reminds me very much of the Faber Castell “Basic” fountain pen’s grip section.

The sharpener units from inside the caps

The sharpener units from inside the caps

The Junior sharpener unit is wider than that in the 9000, and clicks home more positively into the cap.  As you can see, the blades have a different design.  I can’t comment on their function – I regard them as being for emergencies only!  The body of the Junior unit is smooth, whereas the 9000 has some embellishing grooves, and Faber-Castell branding (not visible in the picture).

Faber Castell 9000 Perfect Pencil, and Junior Pencil

Faber Castell 9000 Perfect Pencil, and Junior Pencil

The pencils are, of course, the consumable element of the Perfect Pencil – you could put any similarly sized pencil in the cap, after all.  The pencil supplied with the Junior isn’t one I recognise from Faber-Castell’s range, but I think it has a classy, understated design, black with a light grey imprint, and black ferrule and eraser.

It writes somewhat less smoothly than the 9000, but seems to leave a darker line, and holds a point well.  It’s also round, which I like.

Of the two, and as a complete package, my preference is for the 9000, but the Junior is solidly made, comes with a good quality pencil, and is priced such that two or three can be purchased more cheaply than a single 9000.  It’s also available in Blue, Red and Black (only the cap colour changes, not the pencil).  I think its well worth picking one up if you like the Perfect Pencil idea and don’t want to spend too much, or have a fancier Perfect Pencil that you want to keep for Sunday Best.

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3 Comments
  1. Thanks for this comparison. After having read your post I definitely want to try the junior version.

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