Here is something new – five jumbo pencils still joined at the seam, as if the pencil factory stopped production before the final steps.
The package says the pencils are made in China, from “sustainable forest linden wood”.
The idea has great potential, but there is a practical problem. A pencil breaks off easily – but leaves a sharp edge with splinters on both sides. Users risk cuts and splinters. I would say these are definitely not child-safe. Probably sandpaper could correct the problem – but that’s not a realistic solution for many. Too bad, they look great.
In the International Arrivals sharpener, the pencil is carved to a substantial blunt point. The lead is not rough, yet very faint for an oversize lead. This makes the pencil an even more unusual offering.
Though the concept is interesting, breaking apart one’s own pencils from carved slats clearly has some issues.