It’s National Stationery Week, which is music to the ears of stationery lovers like me!
My job gives me the perfect excuse for stationery ‘investment’ and over the course of the week I will be sharing a few of my favourite pencils, accessories, and other desktop bits and bobs with you – treat it as a public serve announcement or simply the opportunity to indulge your stationery whims! Today it’s the turn of the humble pencil, my favourite piece of kit and an essential tool for any editor.
The workhorse pencil I use every day is the classic yellow, black and red, Staedtler Noris HB and HB2 pencil. I have at least a billion of these pencils littered across my desk and tucked inside various notebooks, and aside from the colour of the casing which brings me absolute joy, the pencil is sturdy and practical and happy to be sharpened into the fine point I require for work.
For more luxurious pencil work I was recently gifted a Palomino Blackwing 602 which is the Rolls Royce of pencils, used by artists, composers and other everyday, pencil-wielding draftspeople and has the wonderful tagline, ‘half the pressure, twice the speed’. It’s a beautiful thing with smooth lead and a easy to replace rubber in the top meaning no more scruffy looking pencil tops!
There are a few other pencils lurking in my desktop pot, with favourites including the magical ‘rainbow pencil’ by Duncan Shotton which contains a 6-colour rainbow core which makes sharpening very very exciting! More on that later in the week though. A newly acquired Field Notes pencil is waiting to be broken in, along with a red pencil with my name in gold lettering down the side which I think is a relic from the pencil collection I built in my younger days – yes, my childhood really was that exciting!
The pencil caps are by Iconic and are brilliant for ‘pencils on the go’ to protect both the point and the inside of your bag. Find them over on The Journal Shop website.
Do you have a favourite pencil or recommendation for a pencil I really should try?