What I do to my pencils

I don’t use erasers, I just strike I line through the word or sentence or paragraph and continue. It is faster and easier. That means that I do not need that silly thing on the top of my American pencils.

You may argue that they are there for design reasons and not utility because all of them suck. But that is a discussion for another day. So what I do to them is that I pull them off, throw them in the garbage and sharpen both sides.

This is what we used to do in school, because here in Norway, most of our pencils was German. And none of them had erasers on the top. Instead we got regular erasers that actually worked. I think we got one eraser and two pencils per semester from the school and had to supply the rest ourselves.

Anyways. I love sharpening both sides, because I get twice the amount of writing out of each pencil before I have to re-sharpen it.

Going with the Golden Bear

I have tried quite a few pencils over the last few months. And I thought it was time to kind of pick one that could be my daily driver. The pencils that I was considering were:

  1. Blackwing 602
  2. Field Notes Pencil
  3. Golden Bear.

What I was looking for was a pencil that felt like a quality product, with a point that didn’t go dull very fast, while at the same time wasn’t too scratchy. Price, design and how comfortable it was to write was also factors I considered.

Each of these pencils have something about them that would make them a fantastic pick. The Field Notes pencil are so comfortable to write with. It is awesome. While the 602 has a very smooth led. While the Golden Bear has a fantastic led that keeps the point better than the 602, while being smother than the Field Notes pencil. But it isn’t as comfortable to write with compared to either one of them.

I decided to with the Golden Bear for a number of reasons. The main thing was price. Let me compare: A pack of 12 Blackwings are $22 the last time I checked, and a 144 pack of Golden Bears are $30. The 602 is better than the Golden Bear, but it is not that much better.

Both the Field Notes pencil and the 602 are better than the Golden Bear, but also more expensive. And the Golden Bear is also a good compromise between the two in many aspects.

Anyways. The Golden Bear is a awesome cheap pencil that I use every single day.

The classroom friendly sharpener.

I have been looking for a good desk pencil sharpener since I realized that pencils are awesome. My impression very early on was that the Classroom Friendly was one of the great ones. So I decided to get one, but did not do anything about it because I could not order one through any of the regular channels because they don’t want to ship outside the US. So, I started to look for other alternatives. And considered a handful of them. But decided to get the Classroom Friendly instead; through ebay. It was as painless as I could hope it to be. Even though the shipping took over twice as long as it would have taken through any of my regular shops.

Now, let’s get on to the sharpener. It is amazing. It feels like a quality product out of another era. Like when build quality was important, instead of cheap crap that seems to be the standard these days.

It is a joy to use, gives me a perfect point every single time. And it takes no time to sharpen a fresh pencil.

The only ting I have to say about it is that it leaves some nasty marks on the pencil. It doesn’t bother me that much, but I guess it might bother some of the more obsessive out there.

Five step guide to pen addiction

  1. Get a pack of Field Notes, a Leuchtturm1917 A5 notebook and a Retro 51.
  2. Get a Pilot Metropolitan
  3. Get a bottle or Iroshizuku ink.
  4. Get a TWSBI Eco
  5. Get a Lamy 2000.

Field Notes Pitch Black

I recently got my first Field Notes order in a long time. It was three packs of Pitch Black. It is the first limited edition I have bought since Arts and Sciences.

It is awesome. The cover is thicker than usual. And the colour is awesome, because the outside is black and the inside is like the regular. I’ll probably order another batch of them if there are any left by the time I order more.