When it comes to Newman, the focus is usually on two things: the much sought after ‘fauxbois’ wood grain drafting pencil in 0.3 and 0.5… and whether Newman really beat Pentel to the 0.2mm punch by releasing the Super 2 in 1971.
Well, on Twitter the 0.2 debate has recently come to the forefront with input from @daisukeogo, whose grandfather founded Newman. There is a lot going on and I dare not state things I’m uncertain about. For bonafides, Daisuke has shared old photographs, news clippings and even a batch of Newman pencils engraved with his mother’s wedding commemoration.
One thing Daisuke pointed out was that Newman’s 0.2mm leads are finer than Pentel’s. You can’t load Pentel 0.2mm into a Newman Super 2. Make of it what you will…
I sure hope more developmental history will be shared in time.
Been enjoying Daisuke’s commentary on Twitter as well. Your Newmans are fantastic!
I never realized the lead incompatibilities . So probably I cannot write with the Newman Super 2 too much…
Nice newmen lineup. The 5th from right looks interesting, a bit like lion 32x0.
You’re right! That style of machined grooves is quite distinctive. And like the LION version, it looks innocent but is actually damn grippy on the fingers
OK, I have to ask… is the highlighted Newman below a double-knock pencil or a ballpoint? I don’t think I’ve ever seen this one before.
Whew! OK, that’s good to know.
I think we can attribute the crazy run up in Newman prices to @drifand’s posts That blue 500 JPY one with metal grip just sold for 40k JPY.
Really, somebody took it? :-o I think I have one of this type, bought quite recently for a fraction of this price (I don’t remember exactly, but the divisor is >10). I partly understand the hype about Newman Drafting 2k, but this is insane …
Are you sure you bought a pencil just like this one? I never see them come up for sale, and serious collectors all know these ¥500 drafting Newmans are unobtanium.
I can’t imagine one of these going for anything under ¥10,000, but I’m anxious to see what you purchased!