Pencil for Long-Term Writing, Part 4: Accoutrements.

(Continued from 2010, Part 2: Pencils, and Part 3: Paper, and the original post in 2010.)

We will conclude our series of posts about maximizing the performance of pencils for long-term writing with a short look at pencil accessories.

For journaling, I almost always prefer a long point. I like a point that starts sharp and is able to continue making neat lines without having to stop and sharpen every paragraph, or even every page. And the concave point produced by a crank sharpener like the Classroom Friendly model fits the bill perfectly. On the go (or if you prefer more control of your point), the KUM Masterpiece makes an insanely long point/longpoint and does not draw as much attention in a cafe’ as cranking a large metal contraption might.

The best erasers for preserving pencil writing will not smear, will erase completely, and they will not mar the paper. Generally speaking, some kind of plastic eraser fits the bill for all three of these requirements. This blog is lacking in eraser reviews, but I generally reach for the Staedtler Mars plastic eraser or the Faber-Castell version for journaling.

As mentioned earlier, I prefer a piece of an old map, a cut sheet from a Rhodia pad, or some other smooth and flexible paper for my blotter sheets. This helps to keep your journal neat in the first place, and stationery nerds seem to gravitate toward maps. Win-win.

Do Comrades have other tips or pieces of gear they use for keeping pencil writing safe for future Revolutionaries?

3 thoughts on “Pencil for Long-Term Writing, Part 4: Accoutrements.”

  1. You mentioned using a piece of map to prevent graphite transfer. How does that work? Honestly, graphite transfer and smudging is one of the things stopping me from using pencil in a field notes or leuchtturm soft cover. All that rubbing. What is your method?

    1. I cut the piece of map and put it underneath of the page on which I have already written. Then when I write on that page and its facing page that has writing on it already, the pencil doesn’t transfer to each other but gets sort of soaked up by the map in a way.

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