Boyhood Pencil Games.

Hogyun Lee has recently written one of the most detailed descriptions of Pencil Fighting I have ever read.

“This involved a set of tightly regulated rules whereupon a boy would challenge another to a ‘“pencil duel.’ After some preliminary positioning, two boys would take turns thumping with a single swing using only the wrist and fingers the other’s pencil held firmly and horizontally squeezed inwards firmly by the thumpee being dealt the blow. It was a destructive game, as the two took turns until one or both of the pencils developed cracks to the point of shattering apart to uselessness. The defeated was relegated to sharpening up a salvaged half of his pencil if fortunate enough to have a useable remnant.”

Read on, but don’t go breaking up your Best Pencils in fights that are for less than All the Glory, Comrades. We aren’t so young anymore, with an entire lifetime of pencils ahead of us.

4 thoughts on “Boyhood Pencil Games.”

  1. I loved pencil fighting when i was a kid. I cringe to think how many really nice pencils met their demise in my hands. Oh well, boys will be boys.

  2. The Venus brand was the best. The wood was soft, so deformed rather than breaking. It lasted longer and won more that way.

  3. I’d never heard of pencil fighting before. We had a similar game using horse chestnuts ( conkers). Make hole in the conker. Attach string. One holds the conker out on the string the opponent swings his conker and tries to smash the other. Each one smashed adds to the conker ‘ s prestige (eg a fiver). Smash a fiver and you get its past glories and become a sixer. The risk is the attacker’s conker is the one that breaks. Evil schemes like soaking in vinegar were tried to harden the combatants.

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