A fortunate side benefit of this blog has been an occasional request to evaluate pre-production pencils. I thought some readers might like to see a few genuine pre-production pencils:
The pencils shown don’t have many distinguishing surface characteristics – because they are pre-production. No product name has yet been chosen, let alone a finish or design. That’s because at this stage, the company is seeking feedback from testers – they want to know about the pencil’s function in order to inform future development.
The pencils have some laboratory markings (there are more details and annotations on other sides) and are nowhere near being ready for sale – they are pre-production.
The company behind the pencils shown here is doing fine. But why, oh why, would any another company intentionally mislead?