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  1. Jim

    I’m always on the lookout for new pencil awesomeness. I do believe you’ve found some (more), so I’ll be sure to give these a try if I see them for sale. Glad to hear the lead is several shades darker and degrees smoother than recent Ticonderogas. Great find.

  2. It looks like the Dixon Groove goes back to the LYRA Groove, introduced four years ago. Around 2008 LYRA was bought by FILA who already owned Dixon back then. However, STABILO was granted a design patent for such grooves in 2006 already (and marketed them with their EASYgraph) so I think STABILO deserves the credits for this idea.

    • Thanks for the info, Gunther! :)
      I remember something like this in the late 1980s when I was in school. I hated them then, but I’ve grown to appreciate such cut grooves. Maybe they are better for “adult” sized hands than small hands? :)

  3. Trish

    I remember having a grooved pencil like this is 1990 (first grade). It was by Pentel I believe and was patent pending. How the heck do I remember this sort of crap?!

    Anyways, this was written about quite a while ago, but I might have to search for these the next time I make a run to Staples.

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