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  1. Great stuff. While he looks at new pencils as full of potential, I like to collect short stubs for an opposite yet similar reason – they’ve been used to write, draw, record, and share so much.

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  3. xtophr

    Excellent. Especially the part about the Berol wall-mounted sharpeners. My last bastion of procrastination through all my school years. I can almost smell the musky shavings.

    Much respect to Mr. Draplin and the interviewer.

  4. i adore pencils for all these reasons and more. I love the interaction with paper and your idea- very evolutionary. I like the need for sharpening devices as a way of stopping to consider your work. As an aside I like the way you can leave one (or several) on your desk without fear of theft by co-workers.

  5. I’ve always preferred mechanical pencils myself. I guess that puts me in an odd no-man’s land. I like the freedom and immediacy of tracing graphite on paper with the flexibility of do-overs. And the line is always consistent. I just can’t bear stopping to sharpen to avoid those thick, transparent lines while I’m in the groove, rapidly firing off a sketch post-haste.

    Great article, by the way.

  6. JP

    I’m trying to make out what is in the box? Are they a covered pencils or pens?
    <3 field notes!! I use pencils at my job all the time and I have a fondness for the Mirado Black Warrrior, which was bought by Papermate about 4 -5 yrs ago. Curious how the field notes pencils matches up. I also like to collect pencils in my daily travels, and NEVER throw them away. Great Profile!!

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