Is there any greater pleasure in life than the acquisition of new stationery?

I have written previously about my love of pens and pencils. Today, I was able to add some more to my collection.

And not just any old pencils – oh no. After much deliberation, I finally decided to treat myself to a set of Blackwing pencils.

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Described by some as the world’s finest pencils, I wondered just how good they could be. I must admit that I was swayed by the production of a limited edition set, designed in the style used by John Steinbeck when he used to write. What’s not to like, I thought, and took the plunge.

My only regret is that I did not get these sooner.

When you take the box out of its sleeve, you get the satisfaction of lifting the lid to reveal a slip detailing the history behind the production of the pencils. And then, drum roll, underneath the slip, are the pencils themselves. Oh, what beauties! I could look at them in their box as they are and not touch them at all. But taking one out, I knew I had to sharpen it and give it a try.

A special pencil needs a special sharpener. This one lets you sharpen the wood first and then the lead to get the optimum point. Bliss!

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And as for the writing experience? Heavenly. No other word for it. I can’t imagine that Steinbeck would have had any complaints. I certainly don’t. šŸ˜€

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