This story is five years old, but it could use a retelling. In 2007, volunteers set out to prove that a single pencil could copy one entire novel, namely, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. From To Write a Mockingbird:
How volunteers came together to copy the acclaimed novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” word-for-word with ONE PENCIL. It began May 4, 2007 at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library and concluded on June 6.
This is truly a feat of prodigious patience, one that mirrors the life of the single pencil that the volunteers all used in this experiment. The pencil in question, an American-made Dixon Ticonderoga, survived the ordeal intact, though it required a bit of surgery to be useful.
The pencil in the “Bi-conderoga” mode that allows writing with a stub: The metal ferrule of another pencil joins the stub to an unsharpened pencil, and the combination is stabilized with tape and a splint (the shaft of a cotton swab).
(Perhaps those Comrades who find themselves in the trenches sans Pencil Extenders could use this method of Pencil Lengthening in their Extreme Writing endeavors.)