It’s a pen-eat-pen world out there; so much so that the pencil can often be overlooked. Pencil Day is here to remind us just how amazing a stick of graphite really is. In honor of the fabulous pencil, we are here with our best tips for how to choose a pencil that is right for you!
How to Choose a Pencil
Consider Your Pencil Needs
As you think about which pencil is right for you, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Do you A: lose your pencils often, or B: keep a cup full on your desk?
- Do you A: feel the need to chew on your pencil, or B: prefer a clean, sleek look?
- Do you A: find yourself erasing often, or B: rarely make a mistake?
- Do you A: like a bit of nostalgia, or B: prefer modern day efficiency?
If you find yourself on the A side of things, you may prefer a good old standard wooden pencil. If the B statements suit your fancy, then perhaps a mechanical pencil is more your jam. Either way, here are a few pros and cons for each type of pencil to help you finalize your decision.
Wooden pencils have many benefits. They are inexpensive, which makes them easy to replace if you never remember where you last left your pencil. Wooden pencils also have a fairly large amount of eraser real estate. That gives you ample opportunity to make mistakes, erase, and start again. Not to mention the fact that a wooden pencil has nice give to it as you nibble your way up and down while deep in thought. Granted, Red Vines would taste a lot better, but who are we to get in the way of your creative process? Plus, who doesn’t love a good old yellow #2 pencil…ahhh, the memories!
The downside to wooden pencils is that they must be sharpened regularly, which necessitates the purchase of a pencil sharpener. And while the constant whirring sound as your grind that pencil to a sharp pointy tip can be soothing, cleaning out the pencil shavings can get down right messy. But hey, with pencil prices so low, you could just buy sharpened pencils and pass them off to your kids as soon as they get dull. Let the school deal with the pencil shaving shenanigans.
Mechanical pencils are also a wonderful choice. The biggest benefit being that they are always sharp without the mess of the fore-mentioned shavings. Those babies just keep going, and going, and going. No need to stop when you are in the middle of a brainstorm! A mechanical pencil also provides a finer and more consistent line to your writing. The eraser may be small, but it is often a white eraser which tends to leave less residue. Besides, a mechanical pencil can easily masquerade as a pen. No need for your pen snobby co-workers to know that you prefer to carry a bit of erasable graphite.
While the mechanical pencil is a modern marvel, there are a few cons to consider. Initially, mechanical pencils are bit more expensive, but since you can add more lead to the pencil, you can use it indefinitely. You do have to purchase replacement lead and erasers from time to time, which requires you to know the lead size your pencil uses.
If you are feeling extra crazy, you might toss a pack of colored pencils into your shopping cart.
They are great for those moments when you are doodling on your agenda during meetings, or when you get the urge to draw up funny office signs, or just when you want something on hand to keep your kids busy when they stop by the office.
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