follow up on pencil book*

my pencilsi gathered up a couple of inexpensive wood-encased pencils to test differences in how they write & sharpen \ they range in price from 8 cents to $1.50 a piece / made in mexico <black dixon ticonderoga>, china <colored dixon & classic dixon ticonderoga>, czech republic <koh-i-noor professional graphite pencils> & u.s.a. <palomino & u.s.a. gold>

i resisted the “exotic pencils of caran d’ache: third edition” which would have set me back $30 for four pencils made of  rare & exotic woods such as african azobe | they looked beautiful \ the most expensive pencil appears to  be the limited edition graf von faber-castell perfect pencil with a retail price of $12,800! / produced in 2008, only 99 were created \ it is made of 240-year old olive wood, has an endpiece & extender <for eraser & sharpener> made of white gold & three diamond studs on the pen cap under the faber-castell coat-of-arms

*“the pencil: a history of design and circumstance” (1989) | henry petroski

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