Pencil Buyers Beginners “guide” (Part 2: Europe)

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Continuing the series I’ll give you here some links to European online pencil shops.


Well if you haven’t heard of Cultpens, you never shopped for pencils or pens on the internet. Cultpens has a enormous selection of everything that writes, sketches and draws. The selection is so huge that they offer thematic guides by color, themes or target group. The packages are always very well packaged. Their new sections called “Geek Picks” and “Rarities” are especially recommended! Highly recommended.


This one’s another favorite of mine. As they have a good selection of Midori and Iconic stationery articles. Their pencil section is a bit limited, but all the rest is so much fun to explore and buy, I had to add this one to the list. Recommended!


Pedlars is rather limited pencil wise, but they have all sorts of Palomino pencils, like the Blackwings, the gift-sets and some nice stationary goodies. Recommended.

That sums it already up on the European side. If you know about other fine pencil shops, feel free to share!


  1. My Blackwings, Cedar Pointes and Semi-Hexes all come from Fred Aldous, a chain of art shops (there’s one not far from where I work). They sell Blackwings and 602s in singles (not the pearl though).

    They also stock a good range of Caran d’Ache, Conté and Derwent. (http://www.fredaldous.co.uk/art-shop/pens-pencils-markers/pencils.html)

    Larger WH Smiths stores stock Conté (although Conté aren’t listed on the website, they are in the Manchester store at least) and Derwent, among the Staedtler &c, as do some Paperchase stores. (http://www.whsmith.co.uk/dept/art-craft-and-hobbies-art-and-craft-drawing-and-sketching-01×00012 )

    Hobbycraft sell Staedtler, Faber-Castell, Derwent and Daler Rowney (http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/art-store/drawing/pencils-and-pencil-sets).

    I don’t know anywhere that does other pencils from the Palomino (i.e. not Blackwings) range over here in the UK though.

  2. pencils4artists.co.uk sell all kinds of pencils and accessories and beautiful notebooks.co.uk have a good range of notebooks and journals as well as a few pencils and pens. They both have real shops in South Devon.

  3. For other European countries, France seems to have an abundance of independent stationers, who quite often have interesting things. Of the larger chains, I’ve only visited Chapitre (a bookshop and stationers) which had a decent range of art and writing pencils (the first place I encountered a WOPEX). Super and Hypermarkets often have items we don’t see in the UK (Bic’s WOPEX equivalent, for example).

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