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Obsession | Bullet Pencils

Jun 23rd, 2008 | Categories: Obsessions | by Michael Williams

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: 14

14 Comments to “Obsession | Bullet Pencils”

  1. Courtney
    on Jun 23rd, 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.

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

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

  3. Sam
    on Jun 23rd, 2008
    @ 2:38 PM

    Those are nifty

  4. chasingmoss
    on Jun 23rd, 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.

  5. chasingmoss
    on Jun 23rd, 2008
    @ 2:48 PM

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

  6. Michael Williams
    on Jun 23rd, 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.


  7. chasingmoss
    on Jun 23rd, 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…

  8. chasingmoss
    on Jun 24th, 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…

  9. Long Gone Blues: Bullet Pencils
    on Jun 25th, 2008
    @ 3:35 PM

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  10. Scooter McGee
    on Jun 29th, 2008
    @ 1:33 PM

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

  11. ant
    on Nov 23rd, 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.

  12. Jerry
    on Nov 18th, 2009
    @ 7:06 PM

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


  13. Matt
    on Jan 1st, 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.)

    on Jan 24th, 2010
    @ 3:56 PM