It was really surprising that lots of people in U.S., Canada or European countries don't know about these famous office pencil brands -
STAEDTLER yellow pencil 134 and Faber-Castell BONANZA 1320.
They're really popular in Korea, but I think these are only available in Korea, or Asia.
Actually, STAEDTLER yellow pencil 134 is much more easy to aquire.
I prefer collect pencils with their original box package for a dozen.
These days, lots of pencils are sold in smaller packages. That's too bad to someone like me.
If you live in Korea, then you will be able to find this pencil everywhere, in stationery store, bookstore, or even supermarket.
The paper package holds 12 pencils tightly.
It's an eraser-attached office & school pencil.
When I was a little kid, it was a bit hard to find an erasered pencil in Korea.
At that time, a boy who has erasered pencils can be a star in his classroom.
I prefer purchasing eraser-attached pencil, maybe because of the psychology of compensation.
STAEDTLER and Faber-Castell, make people all over the world to choose very good quality pencils, very easily.
They manufacture various quality pencils for various customers.
STAEDTLER produces yellow pencil 134, Noris 122 and Mars Lumograph.
Faber-Castell produces BONANZA 1320, Goldfaber 1222, Castell 9000 and GRIP 2001.
You can compare each brands of both companies;
yellow pencil 134 <-> BONANZA 1320,
Noris 122 <-> Goldfaber 1222,
Mars Lumograph <-> Castell 9000.
I couldn't detemine the one competitor of FC GRIP 2001, because there are triangular models of Noris and Mars Lumograph.
In my opinion, Noris 122 is much superior to Goldfaber 1222, but in other two comparisions, It was very hard to choose the winner.
Here's competitor of STAEDTLER yellow pencil 134, Faber-Castell BONANZA 1320.
(Well, I'm sorry for the bad quality of the picture.)
It's also an eraser-attached pencil.
This pencil is also supplied with original paper box for a dozen.
It's pre-sharpened. Well, but I have never used a pre-sharpened pencil without sharpening it again.
Now I'm going to compare them practically.
1. Price (In Korea)
STAEDTLER yellow pencil 134 : 2,040 - 3,000 KRW ( appox. 2.20 - 3.24 USD)
Faber-Castell BONANZA 1320 : 3,000 KRW ( approx. 3.24 USD)
The price of yellow pencil is from 2,500 - 3,000 KRW mostly. 2,040 KRW is a bit unusual price ( I found it in a supermarket at another city.)
Well, these are very good for general office and school use, but not very high-quality pencils.
Comparing these with native Korean pencils, those are much more cheaper, I feel these are a bit expensive in Korea. In my opinion, the values of vendor names had influenced the prices.
The price of these pencils are appropriate to be lower than 2,400 KRW.
STAEDTLER yellow pencil 134 : China
Faber-Castell BONANZA 1320 : Indonesia
Barrel wood : yellow pencil 134 < BONANZA
Not high quality wood had been used for both of them. But yellow pencil's is more coarse.
BONANZA has better wood grain.
Lead(HB) : yellow pencil > BONANZA
yellow pencil's lead is smoother and darker than BONANZA's.
Bias of lead is hard to find in both of them.
Eraser : yellow pencil > BONANZA
Unfortunately, eraser attached to BONANZA makes traces on paper after erasing.
yellow pencil's eraser works as you expect.
Finish : yellow pencil << BONANZA
You may be able to find some drawbacks by the picture. Some of yellow pencil have bad finish.
I prefer black print to golden print, but approximately 5% of drawback rate is not acceptable.
"Morning of the world beginning, Again." by Yoon Dong Joo"
- STAEDTLER yellow pencil 134 HB on Rhodia
"The falling of the leaves" by William Butler Yeats
- Faber-Castell BONANZA 1320 2 1/2 = HB on Moleskine Classic.
Both of these, are enough to collect.
But if I have to choose only one pencil for use in my office, I will choose STAEDTLER 134. It has better lead quality, and better eraser.
If you live in Korea, or you can obtain Korean pencils, I recommend you Dong-A Orange Office Pencil, that I will post about some day.