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This is a bit of a story,...
, February 10, 2014
This is a bit of a story, and it starts when I'm 19. A VERY EXPENSIVE CATALOGUE
PEN COMPANY sold "German highlighters", clutch pencils with highlighting lead.
For Christmas, my mom and grandma bought me a set--I had 2--plus replacement
leads. This was the perfect gift for an undergraduate English major. The leads
came in 3 colors: green, orange and yellow. A year later, they introduced
pink. Several years after that, they (first) discontinued the leads/clutch
pencils, and then (second) REINTRODUCED THEM, for a much higher price, and sold
replacement leads--3 at a time, for about $10.
I used these items--my highlighters--more than ANY OTHER ITEM in my nerd
arsenal. I completed an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in
literature, using these highlighter leads. They never bled. They never damaged
the paper. They never smudged or faded. They were crisply neon--beautifully
highlighted--and the differences in colors adapted to different types of paper.
Green, for example, is the softest, and is best used on small paperbacks (or
Dover Thrift Editions) with pulpy paper. It's also best for any vintage book
one may find, on the cheap, at a used bookstore. Yellow works best on heavier
paper stock--the type that's cream or white colored, not the pulpy grey-brown of
And for years, I could not get replacements for my clutch pencils. And I
hoarded my wee stash of replacement leads and used them--literally--down to
And then JetPens came along, once again sold packs of the highlighter leads, and
my world is now complete.
So every time I get myself a little something from JetPens, I add on a pack of
these highlighter leads.
Because I just cannot rely on the future, and I cannot live in a world where I
am unable to highlight my texts with the zeal necessary in my trained version of
reading, my true vocation toward literature.
So if you want to highlight the crap out of your books, buy these, because
that's what they are for. They are for highlighting that will stay with your
literature, that will be there the next time you pick up your book to find that
necessary, moving passage, that bit of profound truth that made you nod your
head as you read.