I have never been one for pencil but over the last year I am a convert. I tend to hate making mistakes and having to cross things out, I don’t like Tippex, and when my schedule gets overcrowded and things keep changing, pencil is the only thing that saves me.
I am left handed which means that my left hand rubs over soft lead or wet fountain pen ink so I use harder 2H lead in 2mm size. I use it in most places – my notebook, my lists, my diary.
For about two years I have been using my 1899 Edwardian Commemorative Pencil. It is well over 100 years old but works perfectly and is nice and compact. The thing I like most about it is that it has a cover. Most pencils have pointy ends which dig into things. I hate that.
At the moment though I am using Parafernalia Linea 2mm pencils which are really nice. The lead is easy to load and remove, it retracts to give a nice blunt end so that it does not poke holes into things in my bag or pencil case. I also use a lead pointer to sharpen the ends and a Japanese eraser from Nanami Paper. I generally buy all my pens and pencils from Cult Pens because their service is brilliant and so fast. Two days from the UK to Sweden!
That pencil is gorgeous! Is it the one you were carrying in Akiko’s purse when we met in London?
Yes it is! It goes with me everywhere as it is so small and special. I have even worn it on a chain around my neck. It is usually on the keyring on the Akiko purse in my bag. I have a gold one as well, also Edwardian but the lead is a funny size and I battle to find it.
These pencils are gorgeous! Especially the edwardian! Where did you find this precious?
I too am a pencil lover for some of the same reasons as you – I hate cross outs. My favorite is an Cross mechanical pencil that has to be 40 years old. I’d be lost without it. i use it for most things except crosswords because no matter what, I cannot see much of what I’ve filled in and if I press down to heavily I rip the paper.