(Low) Tech Writer on the Pencil.


(Low) Tech Writer muses about our favorite writing implement.  This is a great post you should really read in its entirety (here).

“I have a mild obsession with pencils, especially the General Pencil Semi-Hex 498 2 2/4. Mmm, ceder. Some years ago, I needed a pencil to mark up a book I was reading for seminary, and went looking for one. I did not find one pencil. I found fourteen scattered through the house. I would have stopped at one, but my curiosity was piqued to see all the different brands and styles that we’d accumulated. I decided that I couldn’t just pick one at random, I would pick the best one. So I sharpened them all and put them to the test. Of course I had to smell each one before writing, just to take note of the “nose” (the winner had that powerful ceder aroma that true pencil aficionados prefer. I think.)….

….Low-tech wonders stand out when compared to their replacements, the products that are manufactured to improve and supplant them. I think of all the ergonomic mechanical pencils and gel-grip disposable pens, none of which impress me or replace my pencil. The pencil has a beautiful simplicity to it, and an efficiency, and 95 percent of it is compostable (versus the landfill that is the fate of plastic writing tools). And there is some mystery to the pencil too. How does rubber (named for it’s ability to “rub” pencil marks away) erase the marks of the graphite without causing it to smudge? It’s the original word processor, complete with backspace.”

Stay tuned for the Pencil Revolution review of General’s Semi-Hex pencils, which we’re hard at work testing and enjoying!

[Image, LTW.]

5 Responses to “(Low) Tech Writer on the Pencil.”

  1. Eric says:

    I also love my General’s Semi-Hex. They are in my rotation.

  2. Really enjoyed this–thanks for the link. I also have to ask, do General’s Semi-Hex pencils still come in a box like that? ‘Cause I’m totally digging the box.

    What can I say? I’m shallow.

    • John says:

      Oh, yes! The box is a reproduction of one from the 1930s. I’ll post some pics of it when we do the Semi-Hex review in the very near future.

    • Dave says:

      Nothing shallow about loving the box. The history of the company is one of the endearing things about these pencils, among the last made in the USA, I think.

      Thanks to Pencil Revolution for the shout out!

      Dave
      (Low) Tech Writer

  3. Gunther says:

    Thank you for the link. You won’t believe it but I have read most of the other post in that blog as well – thoughtful and entertaining!

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