The Crazy Suburban Mom: Sometimes you just need it...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sometimes you just need it...

Pens are really important to my overall filofaxiosity; without them my todo lists wouldn't make me happy.  

BeFunky Vibrance on iPhone

Thing is, if I have to read "Clean all toilets"  I'd much rather it be written in grape-scented  purple glitter ink.  Kinda lessens the sting of the whole head down in the toilet thing...

Sometimes I want to color my Filofax inserts in a way pens can't.

Filofax inserts as coloring book

Or write down an appointment that's tentative, a grocery list I'm not quite sure of, plan a guest list far in advance, make notes in a book, or do a crossword puzzle.  


Sometimes you just need a pencil...

After suffering through every piece of leaded awful in the house, I bought one.

This one.

And look, it fits very nicely in the (front side) Filofax pen loop.

midori white brass pencil on a purple finchley

Figured I have a nice Filofax I should  adorn it with a classy pencil and the Midori Brass Bullet Pencil, in white, is very, very classy.  I ordered it from Japanese Pencils and they couldn't have been  more accommodating and the shipping was so fast.  I think I got it in three (maybe two) days.  

Just so you know they carry the Midori Traveler's Notebooks and other cool stuff.

midori white brass pencil on a purple finchley

The pencil is a two-parter, the pencil part replaceable. 

midori white brass pencil on a purple finchley

When set to write it's a good length and very comfy to hold.  The hardness is HB.  If you don't know what that means (cause I didn't)  I put what the Ticonderoga pencil people say at the bottom.

The short version is HB is smack in the middle of the pencil scale, right where #2 pencils are so while the Midori Bullet is classy, easy to carry, and a joy to use; writing with it is familiar and comfortable.

Next time you're searching around for a fun, new pen or ink scented like a pineapple give a great pencil some thought.  Your Filofax will thank you for it; it's a very useful thing.

And as Jon Bon Jovi once said, "Map out your future - but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it.  Make it worth the trip."

Nothing makes a trip nicer then a first class ride.... Or pencil as it were.

*"In America, the number on a pencil indicates the degree of hardness or softness of the writing core. The writing core is made from graphite and clay. The more graphite in a pencil - the darker the mark. The more clay in a pencil - the lighter the mark. Europe uses a different grading system. They use letters to refer to the hardness or softness of the writing core. The more graphite in a pencil - the softer the grade. The more clay in a pencil - the harder the grade. For example, H is hard, B is black, F is a fine point, and HB is hard and black."


Josh 3/27/12, 12:28 PM  

Very nice!

From my drafting days long ago I have a lead holder and various leads and a lead sharpener. Allows you to make all sorts of lines. Very nice.

For my filofax, where I've discovered pencils to be a major factor in successful planner function, I carry a zebra mechanical pencil with .7mm lead. The .7 doesn't write with a very sharp line but also doesn't break very easily. The eraser is tiny and gets used up fast, so I carry a big white rubber magic rub eraser in my pencil case. I don't erase that much but I want to know that I am able to!

Tracy Reinhardt 3/27/12, 2:31 PM  

I was between this one and one of the mechanical pencils with rotating leads... have you ever tried one of those??

@eloh 3/27/12, 3:44 PM  

I'm all about making lists. I think in my case it borders on a mental condition.

Tracy Reinhardt 3/28/12, 9:34 AM  

Eloh! Where have you been? Are you doing okay?


SNARLing: 3/31/12, 9:07 AM  

I'd love to try this one. reminds me of drawing class back in the day. I use the rotating lead one - the kura toga. LOVE IT! currently I use the roulette model. black. gas a good weight to it. the only thing us I wish it had a retractable point especially if I move back to pocket, I might have to move back into a coleto with a pencil insert. I've also been intrigued by the retro 51 hexomatic. the rotting 600 at half the price plus it retracts like the 800... wow. so glad someone else loves this stuff as much as I do

Tracy Reinhardt 3/31/12, 11:09 AM  

Snarling - I was going to get a rotating lead pencil. Maybe for my son too he uses pencils almost exclusively. I've never heard of the other pencils you mentioned but I'm going to check them out asap.

And yes, apparently a lot of people love this kind of stuff. I never knew either until I started blogging it

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