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The best pencil ever

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 Tips up! When Steinbeck wrote, he drew one pencil from a container that held several dozen, tips up. He used that one pencil to write three lines, then retired it tip down in a different holder. 

Tips up! When Steinbeck wrote, he drew one pencil from a container that held several dozen, tips up. He used that one pencil to write three lines, then retired it tip down in a different holder. 

Let's talk about pencils.

My suggested supply list is some basics that will predictably get the job done. I mention the Staedler Lead Holder in my suggested supply list. I love it. It precisely holds my graphite. And it's been doing so for years. That pencil has been everywhere with me. 

My favorite pencil that will not be with me for years is...The Palomino Blackwing 602. It's going to be sharpened down to nothing, and I'll buy another. It's hard enough to hold a point, and light enough to erase sketches easily. It has a little phrase written on the side, "HALF THE PRESSURE, TWICE THE SPEED." It's sort of a blah gray. Not as sassy and fresh looking as the white Palomino Blackwing Pearl, but it writes more smoothly. 

I recently met the 602's new, limited edition cousin, the Palomino Blackwing VOLUME 24. The Blackwing Volumes collection churns out a new pencil every quarter. This one is inspired by the incredible John Steinbeck and was designed as close to his own specifications as his son could possibly muster.  If one were to describe a pencil as sexy--well, this would be it. The black piano finish, blacked-out stamped markings, black eraser and glossy black ferrule make it so sleek. It's the best looking thing on my desk. I'm buying another box. 

Recap:

BRUNCH PENCIL: PALOMINO BLACKWING PEARL
HOT DATE PENCIL: PALOMINO BLACKWING VOLUME 24 - Tribute to John Steinbeck
MARRIAGE MATERIAL PENCIL: PALOMINO BLACKWING 602
BEST FRIEND FOREVER PENCIL: Staedler Mars Lead Holder

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Line it up!

Lefty lettering, ToolsMissy Briggs

I was hesitant to buy the Slider Writer, but guess what? It's for lefties too. You can flip it over and use the screw holes in the bottom to get the clipboard holder to the left of the laser pointer. Love you, Slider Writer manufacturers. Two thumbs up for including lefties!

I use both the Slider Writer and my light table to get things lined up on the page. It's easier and quicker than a ruler or t-square, but you know what? I used just a t-square for years and it worked just fine. If you're in the market for toys (and who isn't? Have you seen my pen stash on Instagram?) get both!

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