But on the other hand, Zaner-Bloser was a one-trick pony when it came to making pencils. There's one ultra-rare, ultra-desirable variant - the ones made by Parker blending the Parker Streamline Duofold with Zaner's unusual shape - that I haven't been able to track down, mostly because they cost hundreds of dollars when they surface. I have a picture of Joe Nemecek's example pictured in The Catalogue.
All the rest are along the same lines. But lately, I have been finding some interesting variations.
The examples in this first bunch all have painted wood barrels . . .
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