Photograph courtesy of Kim Snyder.
Have you seen one of these lately? In your drawer or pencil cup? In your glove box, or under the sofa cushions? I set one on a curb at the beach for you, and a bench at the train station. I hope you saw it and picked it up; it's yours.
If you'd like to sharpen up your knowledge of the history of the pencil, you might try this page, or this page.
If you haven't any time to unpack the history of the pencil, then keep on writing and drawing, and don't dilly dally here! Until next time....