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Posted: 11/30/2014 10:15:30 AM EDT
I also write it in cursive! I am obsolete in all respects!


My two faves

The Dixon Triconderoga




and the Staedtler Norica





Along with my favorite sharpener

The Staedtler 2 hole

Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:21:45 AM EDT
most archives and museums prefer that you use them when doing research. Much harder to spoil a document with a pencil than a pen.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:22:52 AM EDT
I still prefer mechnical pencils. .5mm are my favorite. I have a Cross mechanical pencil close that I use if I need to take notes or something.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:27:47 AM EDT
Orange crayons are my favorite.

They taste the best too.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:28:02 AM EDT
I like the triangular shaped ones.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:28:40 AM EDT
Those Triconderogas are pretty nice.

I also like anything from Pentech (hard wood, great from pencil fights) or the plain Ticonderoga



Currently I'm using the KuruToga Mechanical pencil and it fantastic.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:29:19 AM EDT
Cosmonaut.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:32:09 AM EDT
Electric pencil sharpener?

I have all my pencils sharpened by trained artisans. Artisanal Pencil Sharpening












Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:34:11 AM EDT
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I'm with you OP. My P205 collection and the notebook for the class I'm currently taking:



Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:35:17 AM EDT
So what's your opinion on investment in a pencil manufacturing company?

Think it will turn a profit?
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:35:58 AM EDT
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Cosmonaut.
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Says you. Comrade.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:39:18 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By primuspilum:
I also write it in cursive! I am obsolete in all respects!


My two faves

The Dixon Triconderoga

http://store.schoolspecialtyonline.net/OA_HTML/ibcGetAttachment.jsp?cItemId=159629&fileId=710398&encrypt=

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Yea the Ticondaroga are good, man 2nd through 4th grade has been a huge let down buying pencils for my daughter. I swear almost ever pack, the lead would break when she sharpened them, and these are the pencils recomended by the school on the list. I got these ticondaroga this year and it really helped her pay more attention on her home work and less tring to fix her writing device. Cheap pencils dont cut it.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 10:54:32 AM EDT
I abandoned cursive for military block lettering a long time ago.

But at my current job I've found that pencils come in handy. Even started treating myself to lighter ones like #4 & #6, and I especially love the Faber Castel pencil eraser - looks like a pencil but instead of graphite lead it has an eraser core.

plus they work well on my bullet journal too
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:01:04 AM EDT
I cant be the only one who shudders at the sound they make.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:06:27 AM EDT
I've moved to fountain pens mostly. When I do use a pencil, I use a Rotring 600 and a Staedtler Mars eraser.

Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:06:38 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
I still prefer mechnical pencils. .5mm are my favorite. I have a Cross mechanical pencil close that I use if I need to take notes or something.
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Yep.

0.5mm for me too, none of that thick smudgy 0.7mm.


Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:09:19 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By AR45fan:
I'm with you OP. My P205 collection and the notebook for the class I'm currently taking:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq331/AR45fan/B12208FB-2C23-4C21-A8AE-ED6068DF07B1_zpsmqdq2tts.jpg
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Nice penmanship.

Mine went to shit somewhere in the mid-90s. Don't know why.

If I really concentrate I can print neatly (albeit small) but I lost my cursive skills almost suddenly in the mid-90s. Weird.



Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:11:07 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Nice penmanship.

Mine went to shit somewhere in the mid-90s. Don't know why.

If I really concentrate I can print neatly (albeit small) but I lost my cursive skills almost suddenly in the mid-90s. Weird.



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Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
Originally Posted By AR45fan:
I'm with you OP. My P205 collection and the notebook for the class I'm currently taking:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq331/AR45fan/B12208FB-2C23-4C21-A8AE-ED6068DF07B1_zpsmqdq2tts.jpg

Nice penmanship.

Mine went to shit somewhere in the mid-90s. Don't know why.

If I really concentrate I can print neatly (albeit small) but I lost my cursive skills almost suddenly in the mid-90s. Weird.



I can't write in cursive anymore either.

In college I started taking notes in regular script and have been writing that way ever since.

I can write in cursive if I go slow, but I can't write as fast as the other way anymore.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:20:42 AM EDT
Professional illustrator here

Pretty much all I use anymore are the #2 black Ticonderoga. I go through about three a day.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:22:25 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Ranchitecture:
Professional illustrator here

Pretty much all I use anymore are the #2 black Ticonderoga. I go through about three a day.
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Hey, you can't post that and NOT post some of your work too mon!

Let's see some of your stuff!

Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:26:35 AM EDT
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This , but with Crayons.

Those Godamn Crayons....
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Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:33:37 AM EDT
We need a pencil forum.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:35:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/30/2014 11:38:01 AM EDT by fla556guy]
yeah, I have a pile of Staedtler norincas in my desk. they are awesome.

i also have a few p205's, and a couple really nice knurled steel drafting pencils.

I rarely write in pen anymore.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:41:34 AM EDT
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Cool thread op. I just got bitten by the pencil bug a few weeks ago. After watching Soylent Green, I read up on the movie and learned they used a fairly rare pencil called a Blackwing in one of the "book" scenes. A little research led me to pencils.com. I ordered a box along with their sharpener and extra erasers. The site has more info and pencil lore than I thought possible.

ETA: Cool pencil linky.

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Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:42:59 AM EDT
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Black panther pencils?

This is the Philly suburbs.


Too soon.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:44:54 AM EDT
Do you send them to this guy for sharpening? http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/index.html

I use a Pentel P205 daily. Having to sharpen one is a PITA, so I stick with the mechanical.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:46:13 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By AR45fan:
I'm with you OP. My P205 collection and the notebook for the class I'm currently taking:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq331/AR45fan/B12208FB-2C23-4C21-A8AE-ED6068DF07B1_zpsmqdq2tts.jpg

They're also good for doodling during staff meetings:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq331/AR45fan/C83972FB-32B6-43A4-B92A-FD31FBFB06B9_zps5pe3324f.jpg
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I'm more of a P209 man.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:46:36 AM EDT
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Yep and I hate touching the unpainted wood. Can't explain why but when I use a pencil, I have to hold it at the painted area.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:47:00 AM EDT
I use pencils instead of pens, where possible.

They are far less likely to come up missing from my desk.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:53:02 AM EDT
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Yep and I hate touching the unpainted wood. Can't explain why but when I use a pencil, I have to hold it at the painted area.
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Originally Posted By dispatch55126:
Originally Posted By burnka871:
I cant be the only one who shudders at the sound they make.


Yep and I hate touching the unpainted wood. Can't explain why but when I use a pencil, I have to hold it at the painted area.


Do you have issues with handling cotton balls?

I had a coworker that was weird about pencil texture...and cotton balls.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:53:57 AM EDT
I have to keep pencils out of my armory, as they are frowned upon in hospitals.

I always liked the zebra pencils and use a zebra fine point pen, usually get 4+ months out of them and no smudging, never a leak in my pocket, and they withstand washes/cavicide wipes.

I also write in a cursive/shorthand. Its a mix of cursive and print. People that try to read my writing usually hate me.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:54:47 AM EDT
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Work forces me to use pen (blue or black ink, medium ball point only) in the log books, but when I worked up in the tower, and I had to take reports from pilots to pass on to the mechanics downstairs, I used a pencil, because they glided over the paper much easier than the pen.

Eta: The reason NASA didn't use a pencil in space, is that they were worried about graphite dust getting into electronics and causing electrical shorts. Granted on 1 to 2 week missions it shouldn't be a problem, but there's a remote chance of the problem popping up on multiuser missions.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 11:57:52 AM EDT
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Do you have issues with handling cotton balls?

I had a coworker that was weird about pencil texture...and cotton balls.
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Originally Posted By primuspilum:
Originally Posted By dispatch55126:
Originally Posted By burnka871:
I cant be the only one who shudders at the sound they make.


Yep and I hate touching the unpainted wood. Can't explain why but when I use a pencil, I have to hold it at the painted area.


Do you have issues with handling cotton balls?

I had a coworker that was weird about pencil texture...and cotton balls.
I actually hate both those things. Don't know why.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:03:47 PM EDT
regular yellow #2 Ticonderoga is my favorite

the black ones seem to have a much softer graphite and wear too quickly

ymmv
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:09:39 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AnticitizenOne:
I actually hate both those things. Don't know why.
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Originally Posted By primuspilum:
Originally Posted By dispatch55126:
Originally Posted By burnka871:
I cant be the only one who shudders at the sound they make.


Yep and I hate touching the unpainted wood. Can't explain why but when I use a pencil, I have to hold it at the painted area.


Do you have issues with handling cotton balls?

I had a coworker that was weird about pencil texture...and cotton balls.
I actually hate both those things. Don't know why.


Sorry ACO, Dr. Primus thinks it means you're on the spectrum.

Time to get one of these:


Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:11:04 PM EDT
I use a Staedtler 2mm lead holder for my rally co-driving duties. That's right 2mm.


Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:13:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By NAEP3:
I use a Staedtler 2mm lead holder for my rally co-driving duties. That's right 2mm.

https://seanwes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/staedtler-lead-holder.jpg

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Does that one have the sharpener built into the cap?
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:14:14 PM EDT
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I use a Staedtler 2mm lead holder for my rally co-driving duties. That's right 2mm.

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You're getting taken down by an Air Marshal if you try getting on a plane with one of those!
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:15:08 PM EDT
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Does that one have the sharpener built into the cap?
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Originally Posted By NAEP3:
I use a Staedtler 2mm lead holder for my rally co-driving duties. That's right 2mm.

https://seanwes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/staedtler-lead-holder.jpg


Does that one have the sharpener built into the cap?

Sure does. Sucks when I make a mistake.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:16:56 PM EDT
I use them when I'm creating a custom piece for work. Draft paper and a ruler so I can draw it to scale.

I have no degree but when your smart you can get your own office and do things like that
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Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:25:48 PM EDT
Pencils
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:29:42 PM EDT
Writing implement hipsters. Next thing you know they'll want their own forum.

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Link Posted: 11/30/2014 12:32:11 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By w12x40:
I've moved to fountain pens mostly. When I do use a pencil, I use a Rotring 600 and a Staedtler Mars eraser.

http://assets.rotring.com/is/image/NewellRubbermaid/600?wid=248&hei=419&fmt=jpg&qlt=80,1&op_sharpen=0&resMode=bilin&bgc=225,225,225
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When we used to draft by hand, the general opinion in our office was that Staedtler was better quality than Pentel.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 2:50:55 PM EDT
Cosmonauts didn't use pencils. Total urban myth.
Graphite in zero G + electronics that keep you alive is very bad.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 2:54:28 PM EDT
The import ticonderogas are still better than most crap out there but they don't compare to the older US made ones. I stocked up.
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 3:12:09 PM EDT
Blackwing

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