21.8.12

That Scratchy Sound


I like taking notes with pencils because I like its impermanence, its smudgability and that associated scratchy sound! It sounds industrious, satisfying and determined all at the same time.



In my little collection I have the Palomino Blackwing. Supposedly the worlds most famous pencil giving an experience often referred to as black velvet or writing with butter.




The magic of pencils is the ability to erase it's traces. Many rubbers fail miserably at the task and after a lifetime of searching I have settled with the Tombow Mono eraser. Supreme in the eradication of pencil with a bouncy satisfaction!



I store my pencils in an old nori (roasted seaweed) tin. 



Pencils also remind me of school. When they did things like handwriting practice before we were allowed to pick up our fountain pens. Goodness...I am giving away my age!


13 comments:

  1. I so agree there is nothing that beats the scratching sounds of pencils, I mostly use pacers as they are more convenient. I want to try the Palomino Blackwing do you know anywhere online that sells them?
    Thanks
    Sakura x

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    1. They are quite hard to fine but I will take a look and send you a link on Twitter x

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  2. I love this post! I'm currently writing a novel. Handwritten, in pencil. Any blog notes or other business notes are first written in pencil. I love the associated feelings I get with using pencils. Really appreciated the thoughts behind this post - pencil sounds exquisite!

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    1. I had no idea that you are a writer! I look forward to stumbling across you on a shelf one day!

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  3. Wow, fountain pens? When I was in school I dreamed about writing with quills long before Harry Potter ^.^ must be why J.K. Rowling decided to make students at Hogwarts use them? I would pretend to write with crafting feathers, actually. I had a calligraphy set, as well, though I couldn't write fancy lettering nowadays. I'm very far out of school, but I still get excited about all the back-to-school sales and seeing racks of school supplies at the grocery store... I have an urge to stock up on pencils and notebooks every August that I must resist because I know I won't wind up using them!

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  4. You write about so many whimsical things that make me stop and take note. I loved this post - makes me want to start using pencils. I love the fact that the writer Pico Iyer writes his books sitting at a school desk covered in Hello Kitty stamps, using a pencil and a notebook.

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    1. I had not heard of Pico before. I am now fascinated. Thank you.

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  5. i love pencils too. when i was in school i was super particular about my pencils. the perfect pencil makes a world of difference!

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  6. i like pencils too and i have quite a collection like you, the smudgability is great if i bit messy on the hands some times. not seen these "experienced" ones before, maybe north doesn't stock them.

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  7. thanks for the design feedback, not finished just yet

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  8. I also like pencils! And erasers! I'm very particular about my erasers. I do rather like the pentel hi-tech erasers. And the 4B gummy ones...they don't leave any eraser strands behind as they get picked up by the eraser itself. :)

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    1. Me too, thats i will only use the mono eraser. I was so glad when they brought out the super handy presicion stick versions. I would rather rip out a page than have "ghost" writing mistakes just about visible.

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