The "everlasting" Stilform Aeon Pencil with magnetic tips is designed to write forever

Writing with metal: Stilform Aeon, an elegant, sustainable pencil in aluminium, titanium, brass and magnesium with multiple tips, edifies the conventional wooden-graphite pencil.

by Jincy IypePublished on : Aug 23, 2022

Seemingly mundane yet vastly influential, pencils have remained the most beloved tool of communication for creators of any kind, to put ideas to paper, in coherence – from architects to composers and carpenters, the modest, wood-crafted object with a graphite core can be historically termed one of the earliest and most prominent forms of self-expression and perhaps, still remains so. One of its most unanimously cherished qualities, apart from being cheap and readily accessible, is how mistakes can be erased and ideas revisited almost instantaneously. As one of the most mass-produced yet underrated objects of today, is it time that the traditional pencil entails, or rather, deserves, a radical makeover?

The Aeon pencil is developed by Germany-based design studio Stilform | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
The Aeon pencil is developed by Germany-based design studio Stilform Image: Courtesy of Stilform

"It’s a Pencil Revolution!” claims the Kickstarter page for the Stilform Aeon Pencil, which is designed to last forever, sketching big on the legacy of the object to fit itself better to the 21st century. Developed by Germany-based design studio Stilform, Aeon sports a clever tip made of a natural and non-toxic alloy of tin and bismuth, that creates "pencil-like" marks and hardly wears itself over time, essentially functioning as an “eternal” tip.

  • The Stilform Aeon pencil comes in variants of high-grade aluminium, magnesium, brass as well as titanium | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
    The Stilform Aeon pencil comes in variants of high-grade aluminium, magnesium, brass as well as titanium Image: Courtesy of Stilform
  • The Stilform Aeon pencil with metallic and graphite tips | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
    The Stilform Aeon pencil with metallic and graphite tips Image: Courtesy of Stilform

Creating slightly fainter imprints than that of an HB pencil, the switchable neodymium magnet tips by Stilform can also be switched with graphite ones, for the more conventional writing experience, where the pencil's strokes are darker but easily erasable.

The Stilform Aeon pencil also comes with a graphite tip for the more traditional pencil writing experience | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
The Stilform Aeon pencil also comes with a graphite tip for the more traditional pencil writing experience Image: Courtesy of Stilform

What's more, the all-metal design also ensures that users won’t ever have to worry about sharpening them, and instead, just switch tips that will be made available on the Stilform web shop.

The “eternal” magnetic tip of the pencil does not require sharpening and is designed to last a long time | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
The “eternal” magnetic tip of the pencil does not require sharpening and is designed to last a long time Image: Courtesy of Stilform

The unique Aeon pencil relishes in its weight, and almost works like magic, where its metal tip, its foremost area of evolvement, lays visible strokes on paper. What’s actually happening, is that the metal tip oxidises the paper’s surface, leaving behind streaks akin to a traditional graphite pencil, promising years of dependable usage.

Stilform Aeon pencils feature tips made of natural and non-toxic alloy of tin and bismuth that create “pencil-like” marks | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
Stilform Aeon pencils feature tips made of natural and non-toxic alloy of tin and bismuth that create “pencil-like” marks Image: Courtesy of Stilform

Writing with Metal

With a sleek body realised across high-grade aluminium, magnesium, brass as well as titanium DLC (diamond-like coating), each Aeon is characterised by a thin piece of meticulously selected veneer, made of walnut, ebony or maple, adding to its credentials in the sustainability wave taking over the design industry, by forgoing a full plastic or wooden frame, reducing pollution and felling of trees in the long run.

  • The metal materiality of the Stilform Aeon pencil | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
    The metal materiality of the Stilform Aeon pencil Image: Courtesy of Stilform
  • Comparison of the metallic and graphite tip (top); infographic explaining the conventional pencil manufacturing causing plastic waste and deforestation | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
    Comparison of the metallic and graphite tip (top); infographic explaining the conventional pencil manufacturing causing plastic waste and deforestation Image: Courtesy of Stilform

“It not only guarantees a more comfortable holding position, but also reminds you of a nostalgic old-school pencil,” says the design studio based in Hamburg, Germany, explaining Aeon’s shape, a minimal, pared-back, and more refined take on the traditional wooden pencil.

The Stilform Aeon pencil is smudge-free, textile-safe, and waterproof | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
The Stilform Aeon pencil is smudge-free, textile-safe, and waterproof Image: Courtesy of Stilform

The sustainable design's tip stays neat and “smudge-free” for writing and drawings, apart from being waterproof. When your work is complete, fingers and sleeves remain smudge-less too. “As neat as its strokes are, they are still erasable like a 2H-pencil,” the product designers add.

The magnetic tips are easily to install, remove, and snap back into position | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
The magnetic tips are easily to install, remove, and snap back into position Image: Courtesy of Stilform

The chosen metal materiality for the immortal pencil tips as well as the barrels also relinquishes the usage of harmful lead, which has proven to be harmful to humans. Proclaiming cycles of reusability and recyclability, the metal components are an essentially long-lasting, environmental and eco-friendly design, that can be passed on for generations, adding another film of excellence to its carefully crafted, minimal design.

The Stilform Aeon pencil is also lead-free | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
The Stilform Aeon pencil is also lead-free Image: Courtesy of Stilform
Billions of plastic pens aren’t getting recycled annually which end up in landfills and as litter. If you have had enough of consuming plastic pens and turning forests into pencils like us, it’s time to get a hand on a metal pencil! – Christoph Bohrer and Martin Wagner, Founders, Stilform

Elegant and modern, the product design also boasts of Stilform’s pure, sleek and functional design of minimalist “anti-roll” chamfers, where the distinctive flat sides along the pencil, decorated with tasteful veneers, stop pen-rolling effectually. 

  • The Stilform Aeon pencil features “anti-roll” chamfers | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
    The Stilform Aeon pencil features “anti-roll” chamfers Image: Courtesy of Stilform
  • The “anti-drop” nature of the Stilform Aeon pencil | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
    The “anti-drop” nature of the Stilform Aeon pencil Image: Courtesy of Stilform

Owing to an adroit magnetic mechanism employed across most Stilform products, the pencil’s tips are also easy to install, remove, and snap back into position within milliseconds.

American science fiction and fantasy writer, painter, and concept artist Wayne Barlowe shares a mini review of the Stilform Aeon pencil Video: Courtesy of Stilform

“It is an amazing piece of engineering that is stunningly beautiful – heavy in your hand, which I particularly like – and it is as much a piece of sculpture for your desk as it is a writing implement," shares Wayne Barlowe, American science fiction and fantasy writer, painter, and concept artist, and one of the many fans of the Stilform Aeon pencil, that has already won a Red Dot Design Award 2022, even before its final production.

The graphite tip of the pencil in usage | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
The graphite tip of the pencil in usage Image: Courtesy of Stilform

Creativity begins with a Pen informs the ethos of the German designer duo Christoph Bohrer (industrial designer and self-proclaimed workaholic) and Martin Wagner (production engineer and tea enthusiast) who founded Stilform in 2013, creating high-end office products, pens and contemporary designs.

The different veneers that dress the pencil variants | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
The different veneers that dress the pencil variants Image: Courtesy of Stilform

All parts for their products, stationery designs and industrial designs are made from high-grade titanium or aluminium, materials well known for their extremely high durability and exceptional light weight. "Always with the focus on creating visually appealing products with clear lines and aesthetic form language, attributes like emotions, function and innovation are of utmost importance in the design process," Bohrer and Wagner explain.

The metal parts proclaim cycles of reusability and recyclability, resulting in an object that can be passed on for generations | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
The metal parts proclaim cycles of reusability and recyclability, resulting in an object that can be passed on for generations Image: Courtesy of Stilform

Straddling the disciplines of design and engineering, this self-effacing object has manifested Goliathan concepts in fullness and reality, with its unassuming, Davidian form, since centuries. The pronounced simplicity in manufacturing, and the diligent, creative thought process behind the Stilform Aeon pencil is what makes it timeless, sophisticated, exciting and compelling, radicalising one of the most used objects of all time.

Each Aeon is characterised by a thin piece of meticulously selected veneer, made of walnut, ebony or maple | Stilform AEON Pencil | STIRworld
Each Aeon is characterised by a thin piece of meticulously selected veneer, made of walnut, ebony or maple Image: Courtesy of Stilform

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