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General Goddess #2

General Goddess #2

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I want to preface this week's entry by saying that I hate a pencil with a round barrel.  I dislike how they roll of the desk when I put them down and I generally do not like the overall absence of those sharp lines of a hexagonal pencil.  Because of this strong dislike, it had been years since I willingly picked up a pencil with a round barrel to use for an extended period of time.  When I did my random selection process at the beginning of the week, my heart sank that I would have to use this round pencil for seven whole days (!?).  Would I lose this pencil before then?  Would it fall off my desk so many times that the graphite inside would shatter rendering it un-sharpenable?  By Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised. 20151206_141331

After sharpening the Goddess, I immediately noticed the rich smell that wafted up from the pile of shavings.  The pencil sharpened up nicely and there was no point breakage at any point during the process.  For this pencil, I used the Tombow Ippo Pinch-Point pencil sharpener.

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As I began to write with the Goddess, my hatred for round barrel pencils slowly began to fade.  My hand fatigued less and I did not develop that callus on my finger like I usually do.  Perhaps this was not so bad after all.  Any the pencil only rolled off the desk once in seven days, so I can't complain on that point (ha).  When it came time to use the eraser, I was nervous since it seemed as though it might fall off of the top of the pencil.  The ferrule appeared to not be securely gripping the eraser and when I did use the eraser, it took a lot of effort to effectively remove graphite from paper.  You can see the "loose" look below:

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The graphite laid down smoothly on paper and did not have a hit of grittiness.  I not once experienced a point breakage all week which was a bonus.  At 80 cents a pencil from CW Pencil Enterprise, this pencil is affordable enough to give it a shot.  Overall: 8.5/10

Blaisdell Ben Franklin #2

Blaisdell Ben Franklin #2

Musgrave Harvest #2

Musgrave Harvest #2