A new pencil trend – scallops or grooves cut into finished triangular pencils, exposing the underlying wood. Seen here, the Stabilo EASYgraph (right and left hand versions) and the LYRA Groove. Lexikaliker reports that Koh-I-Noor will be introducing a similar product in 2011.
Aimed at children, the idea is that the grip is improved, facilitating a good grasp and writing technique.
I wonder, what do the manufacturers do with the excavated pieces?
Comparing the two pencils, the Groove seems relatively simple – round scoops. The EASYgraph comes in two versions, right and left handed, with oval indentations matching the “correct writing grip”. The EASYgraph did feel much more comfortable in my hand.
The EASYgraph also has something very unusual – the lettering in different orientations according to the handedness of the pencil:
For writing, the Groove seemed quite rough and scatchy, while the EASYgraph was comparatively smooth.
My sincere thanks to Gunther from Lexikaliker, who sent all three of these pencils to me eons ago.