Moon Futura Pencil Review

Moon Futura Pencil Review

The Richard Best Company is widely remembered for their Try-Rex pencils and the shape that they patented. Depending on who you ask, it's either an elongated hex or a chamfered triangle. I see it as a triangle shape on the standard width pencils, but on the jumbo I see more of the hex shape.

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IBM Electrographic vs Dixon Sense-a-Mark

IBM Electrographic vs Dixon Sense-a-Mark

Choosing a pencil to go up against the original IBM Electrographic was hard. There were a few factors at play; I'm not really a vintage pencil collector, so I didn't have much of the MANY options there were in this time period. It seems nearly every company had their version of a Test Scoring pencil.

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Musgrave Test Scoring 100 vs General's Test Scoring 580

Musgrave Test Scoring 100 vs General's Test Scoring 580

When I posed the question of which one is better to the Erasable Facebook Group, the results were surprising. These are two pencils that I have more of a history with than any of the others in the lineup. I used to be staunchly in the Musgrave camp, and felt that very few people supported that claim. However, when the comments rolled in, there were a lot of people who sprang to its defense. It was a fun and polarizing question.

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TBT: Empire Pencil & Pedigree Sharpener

TBT: Empire Pencil & Pedigree Sharpener

When I was in grade school, in the 80's, anyone who was anyone had this Pedigree pencil sharpener. This little plastic sharpener held a ton of shavings...of course, you had to pack them down to see just how long you could go without emptying it. At some point, it would open up in your backpack and it would look like a pencil factory exploded in there. Or one of the little notches that held onto the hinge section would break and the whole thing would be worthless.

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Moon Crown Cedar Pencil Review

Moon Crown Cedar Pencil Review

I've talked a few times on the blog about my grandfather. Unbeknownst to him, he was a pencil inspiration to me. He always had pencils around the house, in little unassuming cups stashed all over the place. On the desk next to his recliner, on his computer desk, on the kitchen table, on the basement coffee table, atop the piano, in his wood shop, hell even in the bathroom!

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Word. Notebooks "Beach Vibes" Review

Word. Notebooks "Beach Vibes" Review

I haven't ever done a review of anything from Word. Notebooks. I haven't avoided it on purpose, I just rarely use any of their books, reasons for which I will get into in a minute. This summer they released the "Beach Vibes" collection, a series of 3 different covers with amazing summer / beach-themed photos.

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Franklin-Christoph 1901 Pencil Review

Franklin-Christoph 1901 Pencil Review

It starts off with a good idea: 2 pencils with erasers, HB and B. Four "drawing" pencils: HB, B, 2B, 4B. The drawing pencils are metal-capped, like a General's Kimberly, but unlike the Kimberly, they don't really change much when going down grades. The lacquer is supposed to be a spotted matte black coating, and it's spotted, for sure. That's one of the few bright points of this pencil.

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