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I like writing with pencils and ink pens – I think I like writing more than typing. Nevertheless I end up typing more than writing with a hand-held tool such as a pencil or a pen. With pencils, I love the ones that give dark bold writing without the lead being too hard. This author also loved those kind of pencils – so much so that even after people had moved to mechanical pencils in which you could insert thin graphite leads, she wanted only those original pencils with a thick dark graphite core. Her search for excellent pencils (since she is a copywriter) is a journey in which she learns more about humble pencils and encounters amusing or interesting situations.