I saw this incredible story about a teenager from New Delhi, India named Tushar Lakhanpal, who owns over 14,000 pencils that he collected from 40 countries. According to reports, Tushar began his collection at the age of 4 and they include a variety of raw wood, scented and handmade pencils. It is believed that two of his pencils once belonged to Queen Elizabeth II.
His passion for pencils earned him a place in the Indian Limca Book of Records and he is looking to break into the Guinness Book of Records. In August 2011, Emilio Arenas from Uruguay held the world record with a collection of 14,552 pencils from 60 countries. The biggest pencil Tushar collected is 8 feet 3 inches long and 29 centimeters wide. The smallest pencil in his collection is 4 centimeters long. Tushar combs the internet looking for rare pencils and even enlists his family’s hunt for more expensive pencils.
I am a fan of writing implements (quill and fountain pens) and ink vessels, primarily vintage. The art of writing has its roots in the anatomy of the writing instruments, and pencils have their place in the lineup. I would not be surprised to see Tushar write a book on the art and science of his pen collection. Now that’s straight to the point and something worth writing about!