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A pencil stub?

Sorry, I'll get my coat...

ah yes, thanks for reminding me... --AP 15:47, 26 May 2005 (EDT)

[edit] A stub...

I had a mentor once, years ago, who travelled a lot - and he did it more lightly than anyone I've know before or since. Brilliant man, and constantly on the lookout for ways to streamline. He always used a tiny stub of a regular wooden pencil. And I do mean tiny - never more than an inch or so long. I've since adopted this hack, and it's wonderful. Fits easily in a pocket - or anywhere. I'm never without a pencil. To sharpen, I use a pocketknife, but I don't have to do this very often; if I need it sharpened and I don't have a knife on me, fingernails usually suffice in a pinch. (I use soft leaded pencils.)

I collect and love all sorts of pens and pencils, but I keep coming back to the stub as my "always carry" writing implement. Economical, too: every once in a while I buy a nice art pencil (my favorite, Derwent Graphic, usually from PearlPaint). Then I go to work with a coping saw (or even a steak knife). Sand the ends a bit to remove rough edges. Result: at least 4 pencil stubs. I keep 'em around my desk, in the tray that holds all my pocketed items for the day - anywhere. If I lose one, no big deal. Very nice. -orpheus 16:14, 25 November 2006 (EST)

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