If you’ve been anywhere near a Target, Wal-Mart, grocery store, you-name-it, you’ll know that Back-to-School season is in full swing. So it’s time to stock up on your favorite school (and office) supplies! I’ve found a bunch of favorites, new and old, available out “in the wild” and online. Not gonna lie, it’s going to be hard to control myself this year.
Forest Choice Pencils (via Amazon). Probably the best deal available right not in sustainable, quality natural pencils, from the makers of the Blackwing. CalCedar has largely stopped making pencils available by the gross, and with Prime Shipping an option, these are a steal. (You can also buy a mere three dozen if a gross is too intimidating.)
Platinum Preppie Fountain Pen (via Vanness Pens). Want an inexpensive, low-risk fountain pen to take to school, but don’t want to go the disposable route? Many hardened pen addicts started with the Preppie, and I still use it today. It’s that good for $3.
Pentel Clic Retractable Eraser (via Amazon). One of my favorite back-to-school stationery items back in the day, and did double duty as a highly effective fidget toy that was the bane of a teacher’s existence.
Bic Mechanical Pencil Variety Pack (via Amazon). I love high quality mechanical pencils, but when I was a kid this was more or less the only thing my parents would buy me because they got lost/stolen so easily. Bic now sells a variety pack with all the different lead sizes.
Pentel Hi-Polymer Eraser (via Amazon). The 10-pack is by far the best deal around, though one of these things will last you forever. These don’t dry out over time like the Papermate Pink Pearl (though that one’s also a classic).
Bic Cristal Xtra Precision (via Amazon). I’m a huge fan of the Bic Cristal (review here), but I haven’t used the standard version much since I discovered the Xtra Precision fine-tip ballpoint. They’ve been harder to find recently - I hope they aren’t disappearing, but if they are perhaps Bic will bring the orange fine-tip Cristal to the States.
Papermate Pink Pearl Eraser (via Amazon). As I said, still a classic that always has a place in my office.
Futura Pencil 6 Pack (via CW Pencils). Caroline and her team resurrected this retro-styled vintage beauty from the archives of the J.R. Moon pencil company in Lewisburg, Tennessee, just down the road from me. You used to have to buy singles but the packaging on the six-pack looks awesome.
Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils - USA Version (via eBay). Yes, you can still find USA-made Ticonderoga pencils for a reasonable price. “Reasonable” being defined as much less than the cost of most high-quality USA-made pencils today.
Carl Angel-5 Pencil Sharpener (via Amazon). As I mentioned in my full review from yesterday, the Angel-5 sharpener is one of my core tools, especially if you like pencils with absurdly sharp points.
Uni KH-20 Pencil Sharpener (via Amazon). I’ve received a couple comments/suggestions that I should try out the Uni KH-20 sharpener, especially if I like the Carl. I have one on the way!
The Editor (via Caran d’Ache/CW Pencils). Double-ended pencils are one of those things that I’ve only recently discovered, and I was shocked to learn how many of them are on the market. CW Pencils’ latest collaboration with Caran d’Ache might be my current favorite.
Nock Co. Pencil Pouch (via Nock). If you’re a pencil (or pen) fan, this yellow and pink pouch is a must-have for your back to school carry. We might have three in our house.
Swingline Rio Red Stapler (via Amazon). Yes this is real. They make it. In red. You’d better not take it away from me.
El Casco Pencil Sharpener (via Appelboom). Did I? Maybe? Stay tuned and find out!