- Hemingway used one. Even if you’re not Hemingway, or even if you don’t really care for his writing, it’s still cool.
- You know how much is left. And, it seems that no matter how small it gets, there’s always a little bit left to write with.
- You have to sharpen it, which requires a knife, which is all kinds of adventurous. And the shavings from sharpening could act as a fire starter.
- You can erase. Did the fish seem bigger the next morning? No problem.
- Low risk – they’re mostly disposable. Ok, the really nice ones might be $2 a piece if you paid a very high price or a lot for shipping, but even then, it’s not that much.
- Some people think a pencil will write 45,000 words. That should be far enough.
- They’re light. Outdoor adventures always seem to involve carrying stuff, and the less the better.
- Water resistant. Alcohol resistant. Fade proof. While erasable, pencil is very resistant to the other things that might wipe out what you’ve created.
- Heat & pressure resistant. Pencils don’t leak on airplanes, or in hot cars.
- Sketching with a pencil is more forgiving than with a pen.
My first podcast episode! Yes, it is short. For now I will be making short episodes, which I will call “Quick thoughts” until I get better with the workflow and all.
The pencil is the Tombow MONO 3B Hardness, Set of 12