Skip to the main point: it’s been discontinued.
Please help me find this fabulous pencil again.
(Main point. Get it? Point. Pencil point. Bwah!)
In general, I prefer a pencil over a pen and a mechanical pencil over a wooden one that needs sharpening. I was frittering around with a 5-pack of paper mate Vibes , and I have to say – they are really great. 9 mm leads that never broke, smooth writing and very comfortable to hold. But I lost a lot of time rolling that glittery grip part up and down so I started shopping for a nice mechanical pencil. I wanted to be ready when people asked me what I wanted for Christmas.
And so I did a lot of research and settled on the Faber Castell eMotion Mechanical Pencil in pearwood. People did ask and I did tell them that’s what I wanted but no one got it for me. I told Sami that I was going to buy it for myself and he pointed out that the lead size was 1.4 mm which is gigantic as mechanical leads go. (I’m not entirely convinced. The thicker lead seems to be the main selling point for this pencil.)
However, he went down to his basement archive of old stuff he can’t ever throw away and came back with a totally unimpressive- looking pencil identified only as TICONDEROGA on its clip.
OMG. I’m telling you that I heard a heavenly host singing at the first stroke I put on paper with this thing. It packs a 7 mm high-polymer lead and writes so smoothly that you don’t even feel yourself holding it. Its like writing with your brain waves.
I tried searching for it in stores and one the internet in case I ever lost this one, but no dice. I did almost lose it on a trip to California and I was morose and whiny for the better part of a whole day but it turns out that it was lurking in a crevase in my business case. Phew!
So I ramped up by search and finally found it at the manufacturer’s website. Turns out that even though it says TICONDEROGA on the clip, it’s really a DIXON. A Dixon Executive Mechanical Pencil. They had only the .5mm model in stock so I called them up to ask about if they had my .7, but alas, it’s been discontinued.
Woe and sorrow. I can’t even find one on eBay. Google is no help. “Dixon Executive Pencil” you get this, “Dixon Mechanical Pencil” gets you this and “Ticonderoga Mechanical Pencil” get you this. None of them will do.
So it’s the sadness. This is where you come in. Keep your eye out for me, will you? Look at he mechanical pencils that your colleagues are using. Ask your neighbors what kind of mechanical pencils they have in their homes. Make them an offer. Maybe they won’t care that they possess the finest pencil I’ve ever used in my extensive cursive career. Maybe they’ll sell it to you.
And then maybe you’ll sell it to me.