Ever since I moved to the States, I've been ticked off at Dixon's Ticonderoga
pencils. They don't sharpen without the lead snapping, and are all-round
horrible pencils. The M-301 SAVED. MY. SANITY. Somehow, SOMEONE thought of a
pencil design that actually made sense. I have used these for about 3 years now,
and they are the most well-rounded pencils I have ever used.
Here's the pros:
1. Indestructible stainless steel body. The metal making up the tube is actually
2. Perfectly balanced.
3. Basic-but-insanely-comfortable grip that simply does not let the pencil slide
around at all.
5. Steel guide pipe, also indestructible
6. The clip does not get in the way ever
7. Aesthetically sound. This pencil looks awesome in all four corners of the
8. Nothing will ever kill the mechanism while the pencil is in one piece. the
clutch is made of metal.
9. Easy disassembly and reassembly, and when you put it back together, it all
fits perfectly which gets us to...
10. So solidly built that it is the SSD of pencils. Water doesn't get in
11. Works perfectly with every brand of lead
12. lead holder holds 12 leads at once. the leads seldom break in the holder
even when you chuck it at a wall. Take this on holiday.
13. Cheap. two dollars. you can get two at staples for 3.50, I believe.
14. Made in Japan. The pencil itself has Japan written on it. You know it's
1. I cannot twirl it.
I really wish i could get over my habit of losing pencils. I have gone through
about eight of these suckers, and they are probably now scattered all over my
house and they will continue to be there after all evidence of human
civilization is gone from the earth. It is the perfect balance for anyone,
whether they want a pencil that will draw, or write five page essays, or work in
Antarctica. These things won't let you down, and if they do, buy a new one.