I Love New Pencils

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 75 People

    Waxing & Waning Of Pencil Quality

    Upon my desk, and pretty much within my whole house, there's possibly one, maybe two pencils...no three...one's mechanical, I think. And they rarely are even out of the cup they're in now. On top of the fact that the graphite (lead) is sort of smeary, I swear, the erasers come...
    FantasiaRealms FantasiaRealms
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Oct 12, 2010

    I Love Writing With Pencils

    When I first sharpen a pencil there is a smell of lead that I like to sense. Then I always get my index finger and put to the point of the sharpened end. My finger is the gauge if it needs more sharpening ! If the point is just a little off there I go again sharpening some more...
    sandmoon sandmoon
    41-45, F
    May 17, 2013


    So long as they're already sharpened, I just loose my sharpeners so I can never sharpen my pencils. I have to rely on conning someone into doing it for me. They are really pointy at the end as well if they come already sharpened - owwww!!!!
    Luangi Luangi
    18-21, F
    Dec 2, 2007

    Ahhh, Pencils.

    The history of the pencil is fascinating. Did you know Henry David Thoreau was a pencilmaker? I use pencils all the time, mostly mechanical pencils these days. But I still have a lot of new, very high quality pencils that I just can't part with. Koh-I-Nor and Eagles, Venuses...
    dickdare dickdare
    46-50, M
    Oct 17, 2010

    I enjoy drawing and sketching

    and I like my brand name stationery. My favourite brand at the moment are a tin of 12 graphite sketching pencils. Which range from 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, 3H, 4H,5H from DERWENT Academy.
    UnhappySmiles UnhappySmiles
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Dec 21, 2013

    I love pencils that feel strong.

    Example pencils that say hb-2. If a pencil feel weak I won't use it. I won't use it because the pencil feel weak. It's hard to explain. The pencils that have designs on it i don't really like using it. The design be cute but using it no way. I love target pencils and staples...
    lorrena19 lorrena19
    22-25, F
    May 20, 2015

    Colour,colour Mmmmmmmm

    I'm a bit of a pencil snob...I don't care what brand they are but I detest those really cheap ones that are scratchy with little colour pigment in the leads. They should be made illegal...how can anyone learn to love drawing and shading with poor quality pencils! BAD BAD BAD...
    Isshe Isshe
    36-40, F
    14 Responses Oct 12, 2010


    My father was a postman and that explains my first drawing paper: the backsides of obituaries. A thin pitch black frame was around all of my early drawings. All of them lost. I had a love-hate relationship with that thick and morbid stationary. There was plenty of it...
    moreandless moreandless
    56-60, M
    Oct 12, 2010
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