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What to do when your pencils are too small to hold comfortably?

Stubby Pencils

For many years I have been a fan of the standard No. 2 (or HB in the UK) pencil as they always felt comfortable to hold and when you need a few moments contemplation, spend some time with a sharpener. I have love quality pencils like Faber-Castell and Rhodia but I am equally at home with the office version from Staples.

They also appeal to my trying to be more eco-friendly because apart from the lead or more correctly the graphite centre, this is one writing instrument that is fully recyclable. There is however, one problem. However hard you try, you will always end up with a stubby piece of pencil that is too uncomfortable to use but still has many pages of use left in it. I then have the dilemma to either carry on using the pencil until its hurt my hand or recycle what would otherwise be a perfectly useable pencil

I then remembered that many years ago when doing a summer job, there was a guy who used to put his stubs into narrow metal tubes in order that he could continue using the pencil. A search online then revealed the answer to the dilemma – the pencil extender!

Pencil Extenders

These handy tools were originally used by artists who wanted to get the maximum use from their expensive pastel or watercolour pencils but are now widely available for all pencil aficionados. Simply insert your pencil into one of these handy tools and its then it is possible to continue using the pencil down to the last 2-3 cms. The open end of each extender has a metal ring that ensures that the pencil is held securely.

Generally retailing at around £2, not only are they functional, they can be quite elegant too. I purchase two, one with a marble effect and the other with a smooth wood effect. Now I do not have any qualms when I recycle the stub as I know that the pencil is beyond use.

3 thoughts on “What to do when your pencils are too small to hold comfortably?”

  • Alberto

    Actually there are a couple of other designs of pencil extenders that I find a bit more comfortable and functional since they can also double as pencil point protector by inverting the pencil into its extender barrel. One of them was recently released by Derwent.

  • Note Booker, Esq.

    Do these work on pencils with a triangular cross-section, like the Dixon Tri-Conderoga or the smaller Rhodia?

  • Bob

    Thanks for the comment. Good idea about inverting the pencil into the barrel to protect the point. i must say the Derwent extenders look very sleek and professional and the grip looks more comforatble. I confess that part of the attraction of the two I purchased (apart from the price) was the external look, I wanted something that stood out.

    Note Booker,
    I have used the extenders with Rhodia triangular barrels and they work perfectly.

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