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Results (The Great Debate II: pencils with or without an eraser?)

Thank you to all who voted and/or commented. By a wide margin (30 to 9), this corner of pencildom has voted for pencils without erasers. Comments indicated a wide variety of views. scruss finds that a ferrule and eraser ruin a pencil’s balance, while Matt took the opposite view. People here certainly use pencils! burmeseboyz [...]

The Great Debate II: pencils with or without an eraser?

Following our first poll on pre-sharpened pencils, we consider the question of pencils being sold with attached erasers. The manufacturer lineup is a bit different than on the sharpened/unsharpened question. American manufacturers tend to be the ones generally offering pencils with erasers. But exceptions abound – the photo shows the famous Faber-Castell 9000 in both [...]

Knock Knock No. 2 Composition Book

The Knock Knock No. 2 Composition Book is a fantastic notebook! It promises little, and delivers a great experience. The first thing you’ll notice is the amazing colour of the covers. Each notebook is bound by a cardboard cover with the strength and thickness of a hardcover book. The front and back are each in [...]

The underappreciated art of pencil repair

I had never heard of pencil repair or restoration until I came across this link on the Pencil Pages site. I’m not sure how healthy spray paint would be, nor will I attempt this myself. But is certainly amusing. Link: Pencil Restoration 101

Results (The Great Debate: sharpened or unsharpened)

Thanks to those who voted or left comments in this informal poll. Unsharpened pencils were preferred, with the final tally being 35 for unsharpened, 17 for sharpened. fixedgearfiend asked, “How are the pencils that come pre-sharpened, sharpened?” Staedtler’s Pencil Facts website has a video that very briefly shows factory sharpening. The machine is moving quickly, [...]

The Great Debate: sharpened or unsharpened

New pencils are sold both sharpened and unsharpened. The major European manufacturers (Staedtler, Faber-Castell, Derwent, Lyra, Stabilo, etc.) all typically sell their pencils pre-sharpened. In contrast, the Japanese (Kita-Boshi, Pentel, Mitsubishi, Tombow) and American (Sanford, Dixon) manufacturers generally sell pencils unsharpened. There are of course exceptions. Pre-sharpening can provide a convenience factor to consumers. But [...]