One of the implicit goals of Pencil Revolution was to change the way that people think about pencils and to win the humble pencil back its place with gel pens, fountain pens and computers. This goal became explicit over time, and was coupled with the project of creating enough buzz that pencil manufacturers would take notice and [re]introduce quality pencils like the old days.

We think it might be boasting a bit — but might also still be true, nonetheless — to claim that we have had some success. But perhaps the popularity of pencils like the Palomino that you heard about here first and the increasing availablity of gear like KUM sharpeners and Don’s Pencil Things attest to a least a moderate degree of change in people’s perception of the pencil.

But, someone asked, “Is the Revolution over?”

Is a revolution over when it has achieved its goals? Maybe it shouldn’t be, since there is always more to accomplish and always accomplishments to defend. But posting will nonetheless lose much of its frequency (as it has this summer), due to a major [physical] relocation of our editor and some other reasons. But we’re still here.

Infinite thanks to all Comrades who keep the fighting the good fight, in the studios, coffeeshops, pencil-blogs and trenches. Pencil Revolution never would have lasted this long without you.

26 thoughts on “Success.”

  1. The fight will never be over…As long as schools persist in teaching typing over handwriting he will be there, wherever ink is just to messy or a writer longs for a more natural conection to his/her writing he will be there. Viva la Revolution.
    Sorry I’ve been listening to to much Lone Ranger but keep up the good work and i swear I’ll get that Baum peice in to you. Hope the dissertation goes well.

  2. We still have pencil hopes and dreams yet to be achieved. We have quality now (Palomino, Tombow Mono Pro, etc.), we have easy availability (Pencil Things), but I still hope for a true rebirth of awareness of the importance of style and design in pencil production. Fancy ferrules, clever names, snappy looking finishes – all open frontiers for the revolution. I wish for nothing less than a pencil renaissance – onward and upward!

  3. John, good luck with whatever lays ahead. I have always enjoyed reading whatever you have to write. I’m also relocating this month, coincidentally.

  4. Yes the Revolution has been a wonderful success so far, but is too young to call it quits! Who knows what counter-revolutionary forces might be getting ready to enter the fray. So keep on going, keep fighting on, even if the pace slows a little from time to time.

  5. The Revolution spreads to Germany. I enjoyed reading this blog during the last months and hope it’s going on. friNot at all, the Revolution just spreads to Germany. I enjoyed reading this blog during the last months and hope it’s going on for a while.

    Since decades I love the smell of cedar wood and inspired by your blog I started again writing with pencils. I tested several pencils like Faber-Castell, Staedtler, Lyra and Cretacolor with different degrees of hardness. And friends of mine – they just left for holidays in the US – will supply me with Mirados and Ticonderogas.

    Let’s go ahead

  6. Thanks to Comrade John for initiating the Revolution and for a fun and interesting first year. Wouldn’t be any availability here in the US of our Clifornia Republic products without your encouragement and support.
    So …

    On with the Revolution. Ride the Palomino! Take up that “Tike”! Mine the Mirado!, etc.

  7. This was the first blog I ever really paid any attention to, and my life has been forever revolutionized! I now have a pencil holder on my desk at work filled with beautiful pencils: Golden Bear, Prospector, Palimino, Mongol, Ticonderoga, Mirado and more. They are a joy to behold and a pleasure to work with, and I owe them all to the Revolution. Vive la Revolution!

  8. I never imagined that my 4-word question would elicit such an overwhelming response. The question was posed because I was afraid that your informative blog had been discontinued. Since April of this year, when I serendipitously came onto your site (while looking for some information on pencil degrees/grades for several of my students), I would visit your site 3-4 times per week. Being a teacher of mathematics, I am no stranger to pencil usage; however, I used mechanical pencils exclusively. (Even when I took a traditional drafting course, not CAD, we were instructed to use pencil lead holders.) Now, after a third of a year as a member of the Pencil Revolution, I have started using different brands of wood pencils. (My more observant students noticed that I had begun using wood pencils in place of my mechanical ones.) My favorite is the Dixon Ticonderoga Woodgrain 1388-2. (I tend to favor unpainted pencils.) My home now has a handcranked pencil sharpener. As further proof of my membership in the Pencil Revolution, I wrote this message using pencil and paper before inputting it via my keyboard. In closing, I just want to express my gratitude for your having initiating this blog. You are definitely a person of profound inspiration and dedication. I will continue to visit every now and then with the knowledge that the revolution is not over, but is just growing in strength.

  9. Think of The Revolution as a process. We share a common awareness, and your wonderful site makes it known. Now there is momentum, and inertia has been overcome. So, The Revolution continues as it evolves. We don’t stand still, and our points continually must be sharpened. Vive la Revolution Graphite!

  10. To the math teacher, ian, who likes to use the natural-wood-finish variety of pencils, I suspect you would be very pleased with the offerings by Musgrave (available at Pencil Things) and by Forest Choice ( Tally ho fellow comrade!

    Regarding the relocation of the editor, I want to extend an offer of my efforts in whatever way they may be helpful in furthering the goals of the Revolution. I am an attorney with undergrad training in English Lit.

    I will write, review, edit prose, or do whatever else I can, however, I am not the most skilled web site designer/manipulator. The extent of my experience in that area is using blogspot to chronicle the immediate aftermath of my exodus from Katrina-ravaged New Orleans

    Anywho, I think all who visit this site agree that THE REVOLUTION MUST GO ON! Please feel free to contact me if you feel I can be of service to the continued pursuit of pencil perfection.

    Ever forward Comrades!

  11. CNN reports this morning that the new Neiman Marcus catalog has a $40K, 7 foot tall, skyscraper made completely of pencils. Yellow ones, I see in the quick pic on TV,

  12. Inspired by your website, I ordered ten pencil holders and caps. They’re very common in Europe and Asia, but in Wasteful America, nobody knows what they are. Had to go to Dick Blick to find them (art supplies).

  13. I suppose after nearly a year, the revolution is over. I’ve been watching this site waiting for new posts but alas, nothing has come of it.

    If the revolution has achieved its goals, perhaps a new title and new era for this blog should be born? In any event, I enjoyed the posts and still refer to some of them in my own work.


  14. O’BON has (we say timidly) produced “the world’s greatest pencil.” Great designs, clever packaging and best of all, made from recycled newspaper. This is not an evolutionary step, but revolutionary. As our recycled newspaper pencils just are better than wood. Wood pencils always have an air gap left when the chiseled out portion for the graphite doesn’t mesh with the two sides held together with glue. this air gap causes the graphite to easily snap when it drops. Not O’BON pencils, go ahead smash them on the side of the table. I mean really whack it over and over, the results. Sharpen and see that the graphite is intact, no breakage. Why? Our exclusive roll-on method with our formula water-based glue means there is no air gap – no the vibration within the pencil is non-existant. The force of the drop on one side of the pencil just come out on the other. Try them, go to and check us out.

  15. What a surprise to find this place!

    I have been in the process of tracking down some drawing pencils the past couple of days and I have been thinking about going to pencil for my personal journals.

    My wife just had both parents die rather suddenly, and I noticed how reading their letters brought back so many memories for her I decided that paper journals might be better for posterity than blogging.

    Does anyone know how well pencil holds up over time?

  16. First off, thanks for all your hard work and dedication to pencils.Also, Thanks for building and maintaining this website it makes us pencils fans happy.

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