Obsession | Bullet Pencils

I develop strange obsessions with things — case in point the Bullet Pencil. I always comb the flea market and am usually able to snag one for a buck. There are a few for sale on eBay but they are all over priced and I hate getting gouged on the shipping. The good fellas at Draplin Design Co. (who incidentally are one half of the team behind the phenomenal Field Notes) like them too. Next time you are at the flea, dig through that random box of pencils and you might find one of these little treasures. Also, if anyone knows a vendor that is still selling new Bullet Pencils please speak up. They would be great ACL merchandising.

Comments on “Obsession | Bullet Pencils

    Courtneyon June 23, 2008 @ 1:22 PM:

    OK clearly I have been living under a rock. I’ve never seen these before!!! WHERE HAVE I BEEN???

    These are, by far, the most adorable little guys ever.

    david g.on June 23, 2008 @ 2:04 PM:

    “case in point, the Bullet Pencil”
    Best pun ever!

    Samon June 23, 2008 @ 2:38 PM:

    Those are nifty

    chasingmosson June 23, 2008 @ 2:43 PM:

    Too bad you didn’t post this on Friday… tons of these at the monthly Flea Market in St. Louis this weekend for pennies.

    chasingmosson June 23, 2008 @ 2:48 PM:

    Field Notes is new to me. How do they differ from Moleskine?

    Michael Williamson June 23, 2008 @ 2:54 PM:

    Dear Chasingmoss,

    If you see them at a flea market, buy them and I will send you a check.

    Field Notes differ from Moleskine in the sense that they are a little larger, designed to be similar to old farming notebooks and in my opinion cooler. Moleskine notebooks are passe.


    chasingmosson June 23, 2008 @ 4:10 PM:

    ACL – Will add these to the look out list next month. If its a flea market you want, you owe it to yourself to visit the Kane County Market. Not quite the cache of New England but plenty of Midwest nostalgia to peruse. Good excuse to visit Chicago anyway…

    re: Moleskine – They’ve passe’d me once and I’m sure will do so again…

    chasingmosson June 24, 2008 @ 10:45 AM:

    So I was at a parents’ soccer coaching clinic last night and wouldn’t you know it, the instructure was using a brand spankin’ new bullet pencil. I inquired after class and found out it was standard issue for referees, umpires, etc… Google “bullet pencil referee” and you’ll find plenty of hits. Order one, check out the manuf info and you’ll have ACL bullet pencils in no time…

    Scooter McGeeon June 29, 2008 @ 1:33 PM:

    Any idea if these are still manufactured today and where I can have some bullet pencils personalized?

    anton November 23, 2008 @ 4:59 PM:

    bullet pencils = very cool, i’ll have to keep my eye out for those.

    speaking of Field Notes, another great line of notepad is Rhodia. also graph paper, they come in a variety of sizes and bindings.

    Jerryon November 18, 2009 @ 7:06 PM:

    The following link will take you to 4imprint. They have all the bullet pencils you want. For the money…


    Matton January 1, 2010 @ 2:38 PM:

    These things were really popular with grain elevators, farmer co-ops, and farm implement stores. One of my granddads had gobs of them. Wish I had them now (along with all kinds of things the grandparents had.)

    CHARLES HOPPERon January 24, 2010 @ 3:56 PM:


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