Ticonderoga Pencils . . . The Best Pencils?

I don’t use pencils nearly as often as I used to.  Primarily when I am using a pencil it is for drawing (though I usually use pencils when I am helping Rayna with math, because being able to erase can be useful).  But even in drawing I don’t tend to use pencils a lot anymore, preferring to just use pens from the start.

That being said, over the years I have had ample opportunity to use and try a wide variety of pencils.  While, for art purposes, different hardness and darkness can come in handy at times, when I really get down to it, I think that the Dixon Ticonderoga’s simple yellow HB #2 pencils are the best pencils available.  Period.

I know I know, they’re just pencils, and #2 pencils at that.  So what is inherently better about the Ticonderoga ones?  Honestly, I don’t know, but they just are.  They feel like they are of better quality all around.  The graphite is smoother, the wood is more uniform, the erasers work better. They are, simply put, the best I have encountered.

Has anyone else experienced this?  Is it just a silly personal preference thing, or is there some legitimacy to my belief that the Ticonderoga pencils are the best?  Does it matter one way or another in the grand scheme of things (I can answer this already. “No, no it doesn’t.”)?

That is all.

Note: Obviously Dixon Ticonderoga has a very high and confident opinion of their product, but that shouldn’t be surprising.  My assessment of the quality of their pencils is independent of their own claim.

~ by Nathaniel on April 9, 2013.

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