How can I pass up an item for $3.99 touting itself as THE WORLD’S MOST COMFORTABLE anything. Even if what followed was, “…bed of nails” or “…hot poker for eyes” my curiosity and cheapness would be actively engaged. Curiously, these triangle barrel pencils are not made in Ticonderoga, despite the play on the name. This is fortunate, because I mostly associate Ticonderoga with the farty smell of its factories and being home to yet another McDonald’s that doesn’t fill the french fry container ALL THE DAMN WAy TO THE TOP. If I have to eat my fries in a parking lot that smells like old man farts, I want that container BURSTING with fries. Don’t point to three sad bag fries and tell me that’s where my missing fries went. I want a FULL container and BAG FRIES.
These are not pleasant associations. It’s lot for a product name to overcome.
Generally speaking, I am not big on using pencils. If I use them at all it’s either these or these. Since I’m revising (a manuscript for publication in JUNE 2013!!!) I need something to mark up my pages. I don’t like red ink, so I find myself turning to pencils for the task. I tried my Sharpie liquid pencil, but they tend to get on my nerves, so I went in search of the perfect manuscript editing pencil. Which is to say, I found yet another seemingly productive way to procrastinate while trying to sort out some plotholes and characterization fails in the novel.
As mentioned, the pencils are triangle shaped. They possess a smooth, rubbery texture and are a bitch to sharpen. Even if using the free sharpener that came with the product. Sharpening woes aside, these pencils are comfortable. I don’t know if trademarked statement of comfort would hold up in court, but they do write nicely and didn’t fatigue my hand. I would need to try a lot more pencils before I would state emphatically these pencils to be, “the world’s most comfortable”. I will say the black barrel and gold lettering is infinitely stylish. I was considering getting a set of Rhodia pencils but I can’t justify the price point given my limited pencil use. These Dixon pencils give me Rhodia-wannabe styling and hand feel at Ticonderoga farty smell prices.