July 21, 2005
Self-promotion, but without shame. I have been kicking around the idea of starting a blog devoted to pencils for a few months now, since at least last autumn. It never happened, though, for several reasons. For one thing, I'm lazy, and getting it started would require me to do something. That took a while. Plus, I was and am afraid of being accused of copying Moleskinerie in style, format, etc. I certainly don't want to do that. I have seen a few blogs that tried to do just that. They're not great. A hobby of mine has been, for a long time, to try out different kinds of pencils. You think pens are different! You should try different kinds of pencils! You'd be surprised how different a Dixon Ticonderoga Black Millennium is from a Faber-Castell Grip 2001, and not just because one is proudly American, while one is historically German. I'm not necessarily in search of the perfect pencil, but I certainly enjoy looking anyway. So I emailed Forest Choice out of the blue last week to ask how much shipping they would charge to send me a dozen of their unfinished cedar pencils to review for such a pencil blog, should I get off my butt and do it. I made a deal with myself that, if they wrote back at all, I would get on with this blog. I didn't hear anything from them for nearly a week. But I received an email from them today stating that they would send me one gross of their pencils to review, via 2-Day FedEx, and they sent them today already. Now, that's just the kick in the pants I needed. So, without any shame, I am plugging my own blog: Pencil Revolution. It will feature pencil-related bits, product reviews (pencils, sharpeners, etc.), quotations and the pencil philosophy -- not the least tenet of which is never to write with something that doesn't smell good.