Some reading and editing on my way from Berlin to Köln, riding the Deutsche Bahn for the first time. Having recently ridden the bullet train in Japan it’s a tough act to follow, but so far it’s been a pleasant ride.
The pencil in the photo is an A.W. Faber Polygrade pencil (grade B), from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Yes, I sharpened it, and it writes very nicely. Not as smooth as you might expect from today’s pencils, but not scratchy in a way that you’d think it was a low-quality lead. A poor analogy in today’s parlance might sound like this: It’s lead is made from free-range, corn-fed, organic graphite all the way from Siberia.
Greetings from, the moment I push “publish”, Wuppertal Hbf.