Here are a couple of oversize pencils from Dixon – the Laddie and Beginners.
The Beginners in particular seems to make people laugh when they see it. There is definitely something amusing about it. It looks just like a regular Ticonderoga, except that it is round and almost twice the diameter. The Laddie is somewhere between the regular and Beginners pencils.
Where there is a Laddie, there is often a Lassie, but I couldn’t find that brand offered.
The Beginners box says, “The Perfect Oversized Beginner Pencil”, while the Laddie claims to be “The Perfect Intermediate Beginner Pencil.”
The boxes also have a faux seal stating “Teacher Preferred”.
A ring with smaller text states, “Tradition & Quality Since 1795.”
Not in pencils of course – Dixon was making stove polish and crucibles back than. This mention of the company’s year of origin strikes me as just a bit curious.
The boxes indicate the pencils are made in Mexico.
They sharpen easily, but the lead seems not to match that of modern Ticonderogas, and is somewhat scratchier in my testing. That’s too bad, as these pencils won’t be offering the best experience for the children who use them.