The leads in these last...
September 28, 2015
The leads in these last forever! Months, I think! And the certainly do not
break. I can attest wholly to that.
However, though I've watched the little ratchet-thingie making its circle around
the pencil, just like the package said it would do, I have yet to see the point
of the lead come to, well, a point. I thought the idea of the mechanism was to
round off all the flat or straight edges on the lead so it wouldn't catch on the
paper (& break from that). Hmmm. My lead has not broken. but I still get flat
edges from time to time.
Here again, I think it's a case of Operator Malfunction: I noticed that, when
writing with this for any length of time, I tend to put the pencil down when I
pause, & when picking it up, I naturally spin it a little between my fingers -
because I don't like to use a flat edge, anticipate a flat edge when I pick up a
pencil & therefore correct for it automatically! So I'm subverting the action
built into the pencil by doing it myself, & turning up all those flat edges on
my own. How wet can one get? Even when I don't put the pencil down, I've caught
myself turning it, just a tiny bit, you understand, but apparently enough to
throw Kuru Toga off its own precise little spin. I don't think I'm going to
un-learn something like 30 years-worth of near daily mechanical pencil use -
taught to me by dear old draftsman dad - in anything like a short time, but I
think this Operator Misfunction is worth passing on:
If it seems like your spiffy new pencil isn't spinning the point like you
expected it to, check your hand motion. You may have been correcting for the
"flat lead presentation" all along, by twisting the pencil just a bit between
your fingers before starting on a next word, line, curl, whatever. Thus, you're
doing the pencil's work for it, probably frustrating it to no end, and coming up
with flat leads when you'd expected them to be gone from your life, as I had.
Oh, well. Maybe we should start a twirling fingers support group?
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