Neurological issues brought on by several strokes has made it difficult for me to type. As a result, I am working on my next book entirely by hand in pencil.
At the start of this project my father and I were practical when it came to pencils. They were just, well, pencils.
Since I was going to be spending a lot of time with said pencils, Dear Old Dad encouraged me to get good quality tools. I splurged and got myself some Mitsubishi 9850 pencils. I freaked out when I started writing with them because there really is a difference. They lay down a better line, but their is also a tactile difference when the pencil point glides across the page. The best analogy I can come up with is the difference between writing with a fountain pen compared to an inexpensive ball point.
I was thrilled with the Mitsubishi pencils, but then Ken sent me a batch of Blackwing pencils. Now I sharpen tubs of pencils in the morning and at lunch to keep me working through the day.
When I saw the Kuru Toga on Jetpens.com I had to give it a try. It is a mechanical pencil with a point that turns every time you raise it from the page. The idea is that this will help prevent lead breakage. At just over $5.00 I thought it was worth a try.
The verdict? I wanted to like the Kuru Toga mechanical pencil, but the lead turning system never worked for the way I write. The pencil does put down a nice line, but the writing experience is, for me, a step down from my wooden pencils
My initial plan was to write Chapter 11 with the Kuru Toga and compare the finished chapter to previous chapters completed with a wooden pencil. I burned through lead so quickly that I just said, “To hell with it” and grabbed my Blackwing and Mitsubishi pencils.
I will keep my Kuru Toga for times when I am away from my desk and it is impractical to drag a bucket of good wooden pencils around.
Maybe next month I will try a different mechanical pencil. There are a lot of great tools out there waiting to be discovered.