A "New" Pencil
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Recently found at Home Depot, a new pencil, at least, new to me and I think a new product.
3/8" diameter, a full 3/32" larger than a standard pencil. Does not sound like much but feels great in the hand.
This is NOT a pencil for fine woodworking but I use these now instead of the square construction pencils for rough work and also for writing notes in the shop or house and anywhere I would have used a standard wood pencil.
The leads are solid and so far no problems with breaking.
Have completely  stopped using the old standard pencils.
Recommended - 25 cents each.
HD sells a sharpener for $2 which works OK but an old school rotary sharpener is the best way for these pencils. 
In regards to sharpeners those old school rotaries had 8 different holes for various sized pencils and works on these perfectly.
Currently you will find these in the tool section, near aluminum rules, levels and of course, other pencils.
Recommended.
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  Re: A "New" Pencil by opticsguy (Recently found at Ho...)
That sounds really familiar? And, your old-school crank sharpener comment confirmed my memory. Yup, all you mention works. Erasers on yours? They were a tad heavy and didn't fit into pocket protectors very well. More a novelty to non-carpentry bent users.  

Comfort in hand is so personal.  Cool
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  Re: A "New" Pencil by opticsguy (Recently found at Ho...)
Is this the one?
http://www.homedepot.com/p/The-Home-Depo.../300951230
It even has a 30 day warranty
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  Re: A "New" Pencil by opticsguy (Recently found at Ho...)
Is it eligible for the lifetime service agreement?
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  Re: A "New" Pencil by opticsguy (Recently found at Ho...)
Boy, that takes me back to elementary school days!

Another choice, that doesn't seem to require a sharpener, is this, from Woodpeckers:


I am skeptical, and they're quite spendy for what you seem to get; so not on my shopping list.   And look to be optimal only for straight lines (I'd have a hard time signing my name with one of these).

http://www.woodpeck.com/accutraxpencilblade.html
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  Re: A "New" Pencil by opticsguy (Recently found at Ho...)
(02-24-2017, 01:37 PM)Bill Wilson Wrote: Is it eligible for the lifetime service agreement?

Probably only the battery-powered models.
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  Re: A "New" Pencil by opticsguy (Recently found at Ho...)
https://www.amazon.com/Ticonderoga-Prima...B000QE2H6A

Box of 12 for $6 which makes them a tad more than the HD pencil though. Sad
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  Re: A "New" Pencil by opticsguy (Recently found at Ho...)
Got those Woodpecker markers for a utility knife. Ain't worth a crap as they are very brittle and fracture too easily.
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(02-24-2017, 04:05 PM)Tony Z Wrote: Got those Woodpecker markers for a utility knife.  Ain't worth a crap as they are very brittle and fracture too easily.
They'd have been stronger if they'd been painted red.
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#20
  Re: A "New" Pencil by opticsguy (Recently found at Ho...)
That HD fat pencil was originally made as a school pencil, meant for 1-3 graders.  In the cool suburb of Chicago known a Oak Park, there is a vintage stationer's store  that still stocks yellow ones from Ticonderoga.  Some of that thick size are still given out by construction companies.  The Pieritz Bros.store also still has good sharpeners, although Boston has apparently sold out to Exacto.  Both of my Bostons were USA made, but the Exactos are off-shore production.
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