Pencils? In this age of King Keyboard?
I use a trifecta of digital devices: iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air. I love them all because they keep me productive and connected in a luxurious way.
But now and then I pick up a pencil.
Like the time a few weeks ago when my printer’s drum let me know it needs to be replaced. I don’t have a spare drum, mainly because the thing costs about $200. I had a class to teach the next day and I couldn’t print my notes.
What to do?
Ah, yes! Use a pencil and a notepad. Write out the notes, Darla. You remember how to do that, don’t you?
And I have a stash of fine pencils — the Palomino Blackwing 602 — thanks to Pencils.com, an online store devoted to the analog writing device.
For some reason, Pencils.com decided to follow me on Twitter. I, in turn, visited the website and the clever marketing text lured me in: “Inspired by the past, made for the writers of tomorrow. Will you be the next Blackwing Legend?”
So, I bought a box of Blackwings ($20 for a dozen) and stayed at the site reading about everything pencil. The Pencils blog is entertaining, with articles like “You Should Be Taking Lecture Notes By Hand — Here’s Why” and “Five Famous Authors Who Write Longhand.”
The site shares an entertaining movie called I, Pencil, which teaches a lesson in economics through the story of the pencil and its makers. You can also read about sketch artists and see their work, and there are lessons and histories.
Of course, you’ll find paper for the pencil user: journals and sketchbooks, planners and notebooks. Read the list of “Places You Might Find a Blackwing 602” on the back page of the Blackwing Slate journal:
I love Pencils.com and its love for the simplest of writing tools.
How often do you use pencils? Know of another good pencil site? Let me know!
Note: I’m not an affiliate for Pencils.com and I haven’t received anything from the company for mentioning the site. I just love the way they are keeping the pencil in fashion!
All images from Pencils.com