Pencils are in style. All types of pencils! From standard to mechanical, construction to colored, pencils are at once on trend, au courant, and refreshingly familiar. Like meditation apps, adult coloring books, community gardens, and national parks, the low-tech pencil maintains its position as a perpetual element of daily life as back-to-basics and slow-and-steady hold particular appeal.
In fact, pencil sales grew 6% last year and are predicted to rise steadily over the next five years. The promotional pencil in all its forms, from a tactile wood casing to a sleek metal barrel, represents trying, erasing, sketching, fine-tuning, quiet reflection, and blue-sky brainstorming. In essence, the humble pencil is the growth mindset personified!
So which type of pencil is right for you? When it comes to personalizing pencils with your name, cause, campaign, or special occasion, there’s always a pencil type or two that’ll fit the bill. Below, we unpack the most popular pencil types:
Along with harkening back to our school days, the wooden pencil has a natural feel that brings out the nature-lover in all of us. Other benefits:
Not to be confused with crayons, colored pencils allow a full range of creative expression, including:
The advantages of the carpenter pencil are many when it comes to carpentry work and other building projects, including:
We couldn’t leave a discussion of the carpenter pencil without some tips on sharpening. The best approach is to whittle the end with a box cutter or other razor edged tool. You can create the tip that suits your purpose, including classic, blunt classic, offset scribe, and projected point. For the full DIY on achieving the perfect point on your carpentry pencil, check out this tutorial (thanks, Matt Jackson!).
Not just for golf anymore! The name can be deceiving, because in addition to keeping score in a golf game, the golf pencil serves other purposes as well. To name a few:
When consistency is the name of the game, the mechanical pencil comes through. Among the advantages of this ever-popular pencil type:
Pencil lead can be darker or lighter; softer or harder. There are two ways the darkness and hardness of pencil lead is measured: The numeric scale, and the HB scale.
This scale is used in the U.S. and is simple: the higher the number, the harder the lead and the lighter the mark left on the paper. The standard hardness in the U.S. is #2.
This scale is used everywhere else and often appears on U.S. pencils, too. It’s based on letters (three of them) and numbers (2-9). H stands for “hard” and produces a lighter, thinner line. “B” stands for “bold/black” and produces a darker, denser line. The numbers indicate the degree of hardness or blackness. The higher the number (2-9), the bolder/blacker (in the case of B pencils) or harder (in the case of H pencils) the lead is going to be. There’s also an “F” in there, between all the B’s and all the H’s. The “F” stands for “fine” and stays sharp much longer than a B or even an H pencil. There’s only one type of F pencil so no number gradations are necessary to indicate degrees of “fineness”. A #2 pencil in the U.S. is equivalent to what’s called an HB (hard and bold—middle of the road) pencil elsewhere.
As we celebrate the joys of marking, drawing, diagramming, calculating, erasing, slowing down, and making mistakes, the dependable pencil is right here at our side. Check out our wide selection of customized pencils and find the pencil type that speaks to your brand. Add your messaging and attach your name to writing, erasing, and all around forward thinking!
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