This particular pencil is especially remarkable: it’s an election pencil commissioned by the Danish government. It is as close to hand-made as a commercial pencil gets and has a thick, soft, dark core. You’ll notice there’s a hole drilled in the end, which is meant for tethering the pencil to a desk or polling booth.
Viking pencil company was founded in Denmark in 1914 by a matchstick company, and was revived in 2010 by Creas. Though their pencils are no longer made in their home country, they are celebrated for their roots in Danish heritage.
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