When was the last time you wrote with an actual pencil the wood-and-graphite variety, not mechanical the kind you have to sharpen? If you’re anything like me, it’s been a while, perhaps since middle school, even. (I don’t even use mechanical pencils very much anymore, for that matter.)
Well, Karen sent me a couple of Rhodia pencils the other day, and it’s more fun than you might imagine, all thick lines and nostalgia. The bright orange exterior and black wood (it’s dyed linden) were pleasingly distinctive, and the softly triangular shape fit perfectly in my hands.
Unsurprisingly, there are pockets of pencil enthusiasts on the Internet at the excellent blog Pencil Revolution, for example, Pencil Talk, or at Pencil Pages, a website run by pencil collector Doug Martin.