fiftythree introduces pencil, a wooden stylus for the iPad
fiftythree introduces pencil, a wooden stylus for the iPad fiftythree introduces pencil, a wooden stylus for the iPad
nov 19, 2013

fiftythree introduces pencil, a wooden stylus for the iPad

fiftythree introduces pencil, a wooden stylus for the iPad
all images courtesy of fiftythree




fiftythree, the company behind the ‘paper’ app, has translated their digital creativity platforms as tangible pieces of hardware with the release of ‘pencil’, a wooden stylus suited for iPad models. its form and material is crafted from sustainably harvested wood, influenced by the traditional carpenter pencil, but harbors a technological core. pencil’s battery charges with a USB port in under 90 minutes, powering for up to one month on a single charge. by connecting via bluetooth — without the responsibility of pairing with a settings menu — users are able to easily and quickly create. adaptive palm rejection instantly recognizes whether a hand or pencil is touching the page, carefully tuned for optimal interface awareness. the two new models are available in walnut and graphite brushed aluminum, and retail for USD 59.95 and 49.95, respectively.



pencil / think with your hands
video courtesy of fiftythree



‘pencil’ in walnut



the device comes with a rubber tip eraser and tip



walnut stylus comes with a magnetic snap that hooks onto an iPad



the device is as thin as a real pencil



the seamless brushed aluminum body of the ‘graphite’ model



‘pencil’ pairs with fiftythree’s ‘paper’ app



pencil’s durable tip has been carefully friction-tuned for optimal pressure on screen



pencil’s eraser is only a flip away


  • Simply, beautiful.

    Muschio says:
  • Wonderful idea.
    However, I couldn’t watch the video after the screen started moving back and forth.
    It literally made me ill. I really like the thought of being able to get my hands on one of these though. (forgive me for that)
    But – stop the motion stuff. Not clever and definitely and in the literal sense sickening.
    Thats in to-the-stomach!!!

    Ron Smith says:
  • Now that is an annoying video, shaking all about gave me a headache.

    David Mackintosh says:
  • i would be really curious to see this in a showroom somewhere in central europe and try it out for myself. so far it looks incredibly attractive, however 60$ is a lot for a pig in a poke.

    eidam says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
501,546 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample