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rnv
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three Field Notes pencils and a friend

Day 12: Field Notes.

Fantastic pencils, extremely close to my ideal pencil. Lighter core, like an F. I have maybe eight, but I’ve never bought any: they just randomly turn up in the package with my FN order. At one point, Elliott Bay sold pencils from the same mystery source.

jeremycherfas
jeremycherfas

@rnv I'm guessing you really like the grittiness on the page.

rnv
rnv

@jeremycherfas Absolutely, yes. This is a common feature among most of my favorite pencils. Firmer cores have a higher clay content, which (depending somewhat on the clay) tends to produce more tactile feedback. My preference for this has roots in how I write. I discovered as a child that if the graphite was too dark, smooth, or slippery, my handwriting quickly deteriorated because I would simply press harder and harder till I sensed resistance. Firmer cores allowed me to feel that resistance sooner, and I’d back off. I’ve since learned to write perfectly well with darker graphite, but writing with lighter, grittier graphite remains a deeply satisfying experience.

jeremycherfas
jeremycherfas

@rnv I hated the Field Notes pencils at first, but I have grown to like them a lot, for the same reasons.

antonzuiker
antonzuiker

@rnv I have enjoyed these pencils, too! Very light in the hand.