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September 7, 2014
I love this pencil case....
I love this pencil case. I received this as a free gift, during a recent JetPens promotion. It's risen to the top of my pencil case hierarchy, in just a few short weeks. Cuz here's the thing: I have a lot of pencil cases. I have four, total. I know you're impressed. ;o)
Anyway! This pencil case is now my most-used, one that I've outfitted with my preferred pens, pencils and tools, to tuck into my purse or messenger bag. I like that you can spread it open, on a desk or table, to see all of your items. The bright orange interior also helps you locate your items easily, and the individual interior sleeves keep everything very tidy.
Am I currently looking for pencil case #5, based upon the quality of this product? Yes, I am.
February 10, 2014
This is a bit of a story,...
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 cheaper editions.
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 nubs.
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.
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February 2, 2013
I'm a high school English...
I'm a high school English teacher, and I use a 2 MM lead holder, as my preferred method, when using a pencil. I bought these leads to help with an issue that's just part of teaching: making copies isn't something you can do every day, and when a student needs a copy of an assignment to complete work, your last "clean copy"--without writing--goes to the kid and not into your files, to make more for the future. After using these leads for about a month, my "teacher copy" of assignments--with all of MY writing, notes and ideas--now becomes my "clean copy." It saves me time, and it keeps me from jockeying with another reality of school: sharing a printer to produce another "clean copy"!
Additionally: The leads erase pretty cleanly, with any pencil eraser. They're easy to see on the page, not unlike a lighter, hard pencil lead. In other words, the color isn't as dark as a standard, softer pencil lead, but it's not unreadable. The writing is most readable when you keep the non-photo blue lead sharp. As the fine point wears away, it becomes more like a colored pencil lead, with a dull/blunt tip. I keep a lead sharpener handy to freshen it up, and I do have to freshen it more frequently than standard graphite lead. When you photocopy, you may need to tinker with the setting on the machine. In my school, I need to scale down the exposure. The black print, from the computer, photocopies like a dream, and the non-photo blue disappears like magic. I've since shared my pack of leads with another teacher, and she loves them, too.
This is something I'd highly recommend to all educators!
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