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A Blue Sunbeam

July 21, 2015
General's Cedar Pointe, Eagle Sunbeam, Dux Sharpener

General’s Cedar Pointe, Eagle Sunbeam, Dux Sharpener

A General’s Cedar Pointe (sharpened with a Kum long point) and an Eagle Sunbeam (sharpened with the Dux pictured below).  The Dux sharpens quite unusually, removing the wood around the core to the same degree as a “normal” sharpener, but pointing the graphite like a long point.

General's Cedar Pointe, Eagle Sunbeam, Dux Sharpener

General’s Cedar Pointe, Eagle Sunbeam, Dux Sharpener

A detail shot of the points.
I’ve not written with the Sunbeam yet, so can’t comment too much on it – it’s interesting that this blue, eraserless pencil has the same name as the jauntily yellow Sunbeam school pencil Sola looks at in this post.

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2 Comments
  1. Wow! A blue Sunbeam?! It’s eerily reminiscent of the British Turquoise. The blue on your Sunbeam looks brighter though – closer to a Lumograph maybe. But if they had to keep the pencil blue, shouldn’t they have renamed the pencil? Like, Laserbeam? Personally I think it would have looked awesome as a Sunbeam with gold print on a lemon yellow coat. Thank you for showing this very interesting pencil!

  2. I have a couple of Turquoise pencils from that era too.

    I wonder if the blue colour, and similarity of the logo was an attempt at a consistent corporate “look”, or to trade on the reputation of the Turquoise as a quality pencil?

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