How do I integrate wooden pencils into my daily writing arsenal?
That is such a ridiculous question but it is where I am at mentally right now. I have become a pencil believer, with much gratitude to my compadres at Erasable, but taking a pencil with me for regular, daily use is a challenge I have yet to overcome.
The easy answer is to just do it, right? That is all well and good, but I am a peculiar and particular individual when it comes to things like writing instruments (I write a blog about these things for goodness sakes!) Daily wooden pencil use is a hump I haven't been able to get over, as much as I want to.
I think the carry aspect is what stops me on most days. When I leave the house, my notebook is in a front or back pants pocket, and a pen or three is clipped to my shirt or in a pocket somewhere. Wooden pencils do not work in this way, and therefore are never considered for this task.
I'm rambling about this because I think I have found the pencil for me in the Tombow Mono 100 and I want it to be a bigger part of my writing life. This is far and away the best looking pencil I own, the HB graphite lead is smooth with just a hint of feedback, the point holds an unreal amount of time, it's Japanese (I'm admittedly biased), and LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS!
The Tombow Mono 100 is the only pencil I have thrown in my backpack to take from home to work and back because I wanted it available to me at all times. My Topo + Doane Mountain Bag has the perfect vertical slots for pencil carry and the Mono 100 travels well in it. I need to go ahead and stock my desk so I have a few available at all times.
That still doesn't solve my carry problems though. I know there are bullet pencil options and caps that prevent breakage, but I don't want to settle either. Like a good pen, I want to use it when and where and how I want. Answering all of those questions is the journey I am on.
(JetPens is a sponsor of The Pen Addict and I received this product at no charge.)