Shock Absorbers and Shields Stop the Lead in This Pencil From Breaking

It might seem like a case of over-engineering, but there's no denying the thin pieces of lead used in mechanical pencils are prone to easily breaking. So instead of rolling our eyes at Zebra Co.'s new DelGuard pencils, which actually feature shock absorbers and retractable shields to prevent lead from breaking, we… » 10/08/14 9:00am 10/08/14 9:00am

Turn Your Favorite Pen Into a Stylus With This Stretchy Rubber Wrap

Your finger works just fine as your body's built-in stylus, but sometimes—like when checking Twitter while eating wings—you'd rather not touch your screen with your filthy digits. It's those times when carrying a stylus is perfectly justified, and with the clever rubber StretchWrite, you can just use your favorite pen… » 8/13/14 10:13am 8/13/14 10:13am

A Beautifully Convincing Reason To Use a Pencil Again

Remember back in grade school when you were finally able to upgrade from a pencil to a pen? No longer being able to easily fix your mistakes was a rite of passage towards adulthood, and there was no looking back. At least until today, because this lovely chunky mechanical pencil from Wöther might actually have you… » 7/31/14 4:59pm 7/31/14 4:59pm

Wooden Vases Show Pencils Have Other Artistic Uses Than Just Drawings

Grade school is an opportunity for budding artists to finally shed their cumbersome crayons and try their hand at making a masterpiece using the subtle shades of a box of colored pencils. But artist Tuomas Markun Poika must've missed that class, since he instead uses pencils to create wooden vases with unique patterns… » 6/23/14 3:40pm 6/23/14 3:40pm

These Plantable Pencils Grow Fresh Herbs From Your Failed Lit Ambitions

There are times—dark, frustrating times—when you put pencil to paper and nothing's there. No inspiration. No life. So you scribble and scratch and sharpen until all that's left is a bitty wooden nub reminding you of the barren wasteland that is your brain. You could toss that useless end bit in the trash. Or! If… » 5/28/14 5:00pm 5/28/14 5:00pm

These color pencils are actually a color drawing

This is not a photo of a box of color pencils. It's a digital drawing made from scratch in Photoshop. I wish the artist actually used color pencils to make it—because I love when things come full circle—but I'm equally impressed with his digital brush skills. Here are some screenshots of the process. » 4/09/14 6:59pm 4/09/14 6:59pm

Graphite Razor Blades Turn Utility Knives Into Carpenter's Pencils

When you're working with wood, they say you should always measure twice and cut once. But there's no mention of ensuring the pencil line you draw to make that single cut is as straight as possible. A company called Prazi believes you can actually create a straighter, truer line with a utility knife instead of a… » 1/28/14 5:00pm 1/28/14 5:00pm

An Extracurricular And Deadly Use For Pencils

I wouldn't say using pencils as zombie-killing projectiles would be my first thought, but if you do enough slingshot-ing I guess it makes sense that you would eventually run up against office supplies as a source of inspiration. Joerg updates his pencil shooter to be crank operated and more efficient. It can shoot two… » 10/06/13 8:30pm 10/06/13 8:30pm

A Mechanical Wooden Pencil That Will Never Go Dull

As low-tech as it may be, the pencil has managed to still keep itself relevant—despite the endless graphite-free ways we can communicate these days. That being said, it doesn't mean it couldn't use an upgrade, and we love how Tous Les Jours has managed to combine the convenience of a mechanical pencil with the feel of… » 7/19/13 11:44am 7/19/13 11:44am

This Adorable Pencil Broom Lets You Sweep Mistakes Under the Rug

Perfect for those of us lacking the confidence to write in pen the first time, this pencil features a miniature broom head eraser on the end so you can just sweep away incorrect crossword puzzle answers, and poorly solved Sudoku puzzles. At almost $9 for a single pencil you're going to only want to sharpen this thing… » 6/24/13 12:52pm 6/24/13 12:52pm

A Bottle Cap Pencil Sharpener Is Pure Genius

If you prefer the feel of writing or sketching with a freshly sharpened pencil and are fastidious about keeping hydrated, this clever piece of synergy is going to blow your mind. Designed for use on standard plastic water bottles, this pencil sharpening bottle cap is a brilliantly obvious way to deal with pencil… » 2/22/13 1:40pm 2/22/13 1:40pm

A Pencil Puzzle That's Harder Than Any Test You'd Use It For

What if the pencil you were using to take an intelligence test was actually more challenging than any of the mind-bending questions? That's seemingly what inspired the Varacil mechanical pencil that arrives completely disassembled in 22 obscurely-shaped parts. It's not just some assembly required, it's all up to you. » 1/02/13 9:40am 1/02/13 9:40am

No One Will Touch Your Colored Pencils Stored in a Gutted Fish

Worried about your schoolyard chums pinching your colored pencils (you know, those pre-touchscreen graphite writing implements) from your desk? By stashing them in a dead gutted mackerel you're all but guaranteed no one's going to lay a finger on them. And probably guaranteed a trip to the principal's office too. » 10/24/12 4:20pm 10/24/12 4:20pm