The Pencil Situation

Isn’t this pencil mislabeled?

Doesn’t self-sharpening mean that it sharpens itself? It doesn’t. I left it sitting there on the counter and when I came back it hadn’t moved. That’s a lame crop because you can hardly tell there’s a pencil sharpener on top.

But it’s hard to think of a better name. “Sharpener-in-One Pencil.” That’s pretty unwieldy.

Yesterday co-worker and I went to the supply store to look for pens. We don’t like any of our pens. Well, we sort-of like one kind but it seems like it goes bad 3 days after you start using it and they’re like $15 a box so we expect a little more.

Remember when you used to be able to try out the pens? They would be in little bins and there would be a pad of paper sitting there. I remember spending a lot of time in college testing all the pens in the campus bookstore and I’m really not sure why. What was I doing that was so important that I needed the perfect pen?

This store didn’t have a substantial pen testing area but it’s also downtown so they probably have problems with shop-lifting.

We picked four different kinds to try for a total of thirty bucks worth of pens. Co-worker only liked one. I thought they were all okay. I haven’t picked a favorite yet.

I also bought a new pencil sharpener (for my non self-sharpening pencils) for home. I’ll take a photo when I have it installed. I have to put it up in the shop. It’s the kind like you had in the back of your second grade classroom where you crank the little handle. Our old one was damaged when that giant shelf covered with junk fell and clipped it on the way down. I never did finish fixing that shelf.

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4 Responses to The Pencil Situation

  1. Kira says:

    The bookstore on the Ave had pens you could try out.

    My favorite are pentel RSVP with a thin line.

  2. Lorelei says:

    How about, “Pencil with a bad-quality sharpener attached that you will never use but it allows us to say it’s self-sharpening”?

    They may have to make the pencil longer, though.

  3. Marvin says:

    Kira’s right. Pentel RSVP roller balls are the best. Meaty, smooth-flowing, yet cheap. And they never dry out with ink remaining, thanks to their handy little squeegee ball in the cap which presses on the nib.

  4. Ballard Avenue says:

    I like the .7mm Pentel Champ pencil for the NY Times crossword. The .5mm pencil is too fine–it pokes through the paper.

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