Your Beginner’s Guide to Pencils
written by john c ashworth
I write mostly in pencil now and here’s why…
I guess I like embracing ‘old school.’ More than that, though, is the fact that I just love the way it feels to write in pencil. I also happen to love the way it marks up and mucks up my desk and workstation over time. Like someone’s really been there. At work on their craft. Leaving a little one the table for next time…
I keep a steady daily to do list and I keep track of it in pencil. I have a couple dozen or more other things I keep track of electronically on a daily basis as a salesperson, and writing this daily list in pencil grounds me into the process like a 2B lead pressed just write into a 93 pound Bee Paper sketchbook. There’s just something about that that’s right. Probably similar to the way the cavemen felt when they painted on the walls. A primal connection between your thoughts and something that you sense is out there and just beyond you at the same time. Waiting for your messages patiently. A humble and eager listener.
OK, I’m getting carried away and I don’t have time for that today. My ash flash blog time got cut short and there was a mix-up here at the plant about which post was supposed to land on March 7th, 2020.
As such, I thought you might enjoy this little lesson in pencil talk. I had to look this up in order to uncover more of the reasons why I like certain pencil and paper combinations more than others. All of which keeps me thinking creatively and discovering more to write about for you and I.
I truly hope you’re enjoying this as much as I am.
We’re just getting started.
Scratching the surface with a sharpened 2B lead, shall we say?
The European scale was coined by Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth in the Czech Republic. The company’s founder Joseph Hardtmuth invented a way to combine powered graphite with clay and form it into sticks to go inside a pencil. By varying the mixture of clay and graphite, it was discovered that you could change how dark or light a mark would be. The Hardtmuth company designated names for their blends of graphite inside the pencil: HB (named for Hardtmuth and Budějovice – also known as Budweis) and F (named for Franz Ha