Our Comrade at Ninth Wave Designs writes about her quest for the perfect pencil, a hybrid of several great pencils around presently:

“I have been piecing together the perfect pencil in my mind lately, exhuming the parts from the assortment of good pencils I regularly use to create the ultimate writing tool.  In order to create the perfect all-around pencil I first need to harvest a few parts.  My goal here is a pencil that would be highly functional for day-to-day use, comfortable for writing for longer periods of time, and not too specialized (i.e., it doesn’t also have to be the best sketching pencil)…

….I don’t expect I will ever find a pencil that possesses all the qualities I have stitched together here, but it is fun to dream of the perfect pencil. In reality what is perfect would vary from person to person and job to job, so it would be impossible to accomplish this for everyone.  Until my Frankenpencil is given life by a pencil manufacturer (It’s alive, it’s aliiiiiive!), I will just have to be happy with the variety of pencils I have on hand.”

Read the rest of the post here.

[Images and text, N.W.D.  Used with kind permission.]

8 thoughts on “Frankenpencil.”

  1. The subject of surface texture is a difficult one. The look of the Palomino is perfect, but yes, it could get a bit slippery. Timberlines mentioned the old Eagle Diagraph in a post some time back – it was a round pencil with an embossed textured surface, and a clear laquer. They might come up on ebay now and then (they haven’t been made in I guess something like 50 years,so they don’t qualify as a contributor to the frankenpencil, unless someone wants to make them again.)
    Hmmm, an embossed surface on a trianguler pencil, with the matte black paint from the Tri-Write. That kind of pencil would stay in your hand while snowboarding.

  2. Thanks Pencil Revolution for sharing my story with your readers!

    Steve – I’m going to try to find an Eagle Diagraph, that has me interested. Do you often go snowbording while holding a pencil? Sounds dangerous. And people think pencils are boring! – Ninth Wave

  3. Your FrankenPencil is pretty close to mine, I think.

    I just opened a Triconderoga and found the gold lettering was half worn off. Disappointing.

    I think older people (e.g., my age) sometimes do better with the larger circumference. (If that’s what you can call it when it’s triangular.)

  4. Dear Ninth,
    Actually I’ve never even been snowboarding, 8-{ , let alone snowboarding with pencils; (kind of like running with scissors…) I tried to think of the most extreme test for holding on to one’s pencil…
    it would add to the degree of difficulty in snowboarding olympic events….
    As for Diagraphs, I only have an unsharpened pack of a dozen, so I can’t help there. (I just can’t bear to break up an even dozen, with sleeve.) :-( Chuck at Timberlines has some Diagraphs that are even older than mine, – he has pictures linked from his blog…
    Keep up the great work re “The Book”. (i.e Moleskines, not any religious texts…) ;-)

  5. Steve – Thanks for the tip on the picture at Tiberlines. Those knurled pencils look really great, but yeah, they are old ones. I’ll have to chew on my pencils to give them a Diagraph texture! Thanks – Ninth Wave

  6. Howdy 9th; Have you tried a staedtler learner’s pencil (schreiblerstift) in noris ergosoft? I think I got mine in Holland. Large diameter/triangular w/black rubbery sides! Dyn-o-mite!

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