I love pencils. Pencil...
I love pencils. Pencil is the only writing medium I use other than Fountain
Pen. Pencils that have been out of production for 30 years are stockpiled in my
office because of qualities I found extraordinary. I have many, many pencils,
and I will not part with any of them.
However, the PaperMate PhD 0.5mm is the only pencil I use. It is the only
pencil I have used since I first gripped its comfy body. Marvelous. I wrote a
few words, and then erased them. I erased them easily, and completely! Whereas
the competitor in the arthritis-friendly market has a wee-bitty eraser with a
cap that one must set aside or hold while erasing, the PhD eraser is always
ready and goes on forever. The PhD eraser never gets dry and scrape-y. I might
have to measure in years how much time had passed before I had to refill the
It comes with perfectly serviceable lead, but I replaced it with AIN 4B refills
available elsewhere on this site. The combination is unbeatable. New technology
makes even a 4B lead almost smudge-less. A comfortable grip on a fat pencil
with .05 lead that requires almost no pressure on the paper makes for an
incomparable writing or sketching experience.
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