i prefer old fashioned pencils. i like the feel of the wood and the weight of the pencil, which is lost with the mechanical versions. for general office use i prefer the 2b grade, which is a plain old, standard pencil. there’s a nice image on wikipedia that demonstrates the grading and classification of pencils: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil.
so. i like a regular old pencil, but it has to have a SHARP point. i get grumpy when they’re dull; what’s more depressing than pulling a pencil out of the pencil holder to discover the sharp is worn down to a nub? well, lots of things are more depressing, actually, but i’ve got this sharp point problem licked. here’s how:
- sharpen a bunch of pencils
- insert into cup on desk with the pointy tips facing up
- after using one, return to cup with now dull tip facing down
- when there are no more pencils with pointy tips facing up, it’s time to sharpen all of them
this way i am guaranteed to always choose a pencil with a sharp point. woohoo!