Indelible Pencil Comparison, Short Version.

Don sent us some indelible pencils last year that we worked with and really enjoyed. But, like a lot of things on this site from time to time, writing them up got held up when Life got in the way of blogging. This is a shame because some Comrades, like myself, have mourned the loss of the No Blot indelible pencil (see here and here for more No Blot info), and the newer Pencil Things Select indelible pencil really is a worthy successor. The good news is that, unlike this article, the availability of the new indelible pencil is timely. You can purchase them for a mere $1.50 HERE. Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk did a fantastic write-up recently, which, in part, prompted us to do  our little write-up.

Both pencils have a metal cap on the end, and both are of the dye/graphite variety. Personally, I like the finish and appearance of the No Blot better, since it retains most of the charm of a vintage model I have lying around. The paint, fonts and cap are all pretty well-done. That said, I did get a dozen No Blots a few years ago that had a pencil printed backward. It still works, but it’s a bizarre experience to see the stamping facing the wrong direction on a familiar pencil.

The Select is round, with a fine paint-job, and the glossy cap puts me in mind of General’s Kimberly pencils, of which I am fond. While I don’t like to harp on something very negative, the font and the white lettering really run contrary to what a nice pencil this is. Personally, that font just does something to me, like looking at photos of big hair and 80s glam guitars. That’s just my take, and I’ve been known to feel that way about things which I later find beautiful.

The Pencil Things Select pencil, however, beats the No Blot where it counts: writing.

First off, you can still get them! Secondly, the core is smoother, darker, and more difficult to erase. As you can see above (hopefully — my old camera left something wanting, and these photos are old). Often, with the No Blot, something feels a little…off. The core is thick and feels like it should be softer/darker, like most thick-cored pencils. The Select is soft and has a more “normal” diametered core. Of course, softer and darker usually mean more smears and more sharpening, and that is no different here. But the trade-off is worth it.

Like Ana, I will miss the lovely color of the dye in No Blots when my last dozen (wipes eyes) finally runs out. But the purple of the Select is a nice color, and it’s considerably easier to actually see/read. The Pencil Things Select basically does what the No Blot does (or did). It is a pencil that does not erase like other pencils, because of the dye in the core. It’s not quite as attractive as the No Blot, but it writes just as well, I’d argue, better. And, perhaps best of all, you can still get them!

There are more colors available now, and I’m definitely eager to try them.