Bitch on the Blog

May 16, 2011


Filed under: Happiness,History — bitchontheblog @ 09:41
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Only got a minute. Brief thought for the next 90 seconds:

If you want to go into something akin to hypnotic and zen like (minus the buzzer in your paradise) DO SHARPEN PENCILS. I can’t recommend it enough; particularly as a displacement activity on a Monday morning.

Tranquility will descend on you. If you only have ONE or two pencils in the house forget it. You need at least 20 – 30 (call me obsessive) found all round the house,  lovingly gathered. Then you’ll lose yourself by working that little stainless steel wonder called a pencil sharpener.

Make mine – and all several dozens of them are: STAEDTLER Noris HB 2, Made in Germany – hence unbreakable and come to think of it, bloody hell, never noticed this in many decades until just – as I write – glancing at one of my beloved specimens: Rot Schwarz Gold  (red, black, golden). Those into colours of flags, stars and stripes and all that, will know what I am referring to. I personally prefer the rubber tip version (top end) which then replaces the red  and lets you RUB OUT that which should never have been committed – to paper.

U, with plenty of shavings in my bin liner, England



  1. You use pencil eaters? Even more satisfying using a good sharp pen(cil) knife and seeing if you can produce a fine point without shortening the pencil….. length is important.
    I’m with you on Staedtler, I have a selection here now. I also like Venus, just as good a quality of manufacture.

    You didn’t mention that amazing smell of high quality pencils…cedar-wood…shavings thus never to be binned but scattered in the bottom of a wardrobe or under drawer liners. (to discourage THE MOTH)

    As for erasers (for our american readers) even with Staedtler the ones on the end of pencils are never as good quality as an artists’ eraser. always used in one direction only.

    Comment by Magpie 11 — May 16, 2011 @ 09:52 | Reply

    • What’s a pencil eater, Magpie? Sounds awful. Not one of those contraptions clamped to the edge of an office desk, propably electrically powered, is it?

      My sharpener is tiny. I love it. Had it, and its brothers and sisters of different sizes, forever. Hold it in left, rotate pencil (clock wise) with your right; do so lovingly and you will be rewarded with that missile like sharpness to die for.

      My grandfather used the pen knife method – and a sight to be behold it was. Effective too. But then I was only little and in those days few pencils kicking around.

      Am currently on budget not allowing for cedar wood; neither do I entertain moths: The ark filling up at an alarming rate already.

      Thanks for your tip re erasers. I have an ambivalent relationship with them: On the one hand they help you out in a jiffy, on the other they leave all those little bits all over the place reminding you of that which you didn’t get right in the first place.

      Back to the black board, yours,

      Comment by bitchontheblog — May 16, 2011 @ 16:25 | Reply

  2. I don’t use a pencil eater for expensive pencils like L’oreal eyeliner. None of pencil is shaved off with a sharp (pen) knife.
    I’ve taken to using pencils for all my notes to myself. The Free pens I get have very little ink in them & give out when I have something very important to note.

    When I say I’ll write a note, Tom says to write a note to remind me to write the note.

    Comment by bikehikebabe — May 16, 2011 @ 15:14 | Reply

    • BHB, what’s a pencil eater? See reply to Magpie.

      Don’t tell me you are in same timewarp as my mother: Eyeliner? Sophia Loren? Liz Taylor? Heavy? My hand has never been steady enough to be tempted in the slightest to apply either eyeliner or Khol; having dark eye lashes I don’t need to anyway. Eyeliner also – just to bring the mood down – where eye infections lie. Why didn’t I become a dragon or a matron or something that tells you where the next trap will lie?

      Judging by evidence so far, I think Tom and I would either get on VERY WELL or not AT ALL: I will not tell you what just happened to me ten minutes ago, apropos notes, or you’ll think me a very old turtle with a memory problem and NO pencil. However, I gave it time; like a minute. And lo and behold what do you know? Like a computer running on too many programmes at the same time my turtle found its way to the salad leaves.

      Which is rather unfortunate because now I have to implement that which I was searching for.

      H&K (Hug and Kiss)

      Comment by bitchontheblog — May 16, 2011 @ 16:45 | Reply

      • PS BHB, it’s getting worse: I don’t know anything about turtles – they might outrun an oistrich. I meant “tortoise”.


        Comment by bitchontheblog — May 16, 2011 @ 16:50 | Reply

      • I meant none of the LEAD /KOHL in pencil is lost if you use a knife & not a pencil eater. Those, called pencil sharpeners, give you a fine point, but a lot of the pencil along with the lead, is lost in the process.

        Comment by bikehikebabe — May 16, 2011 @ 19:06 | Reply

        • No, no, BHB, little gets lost in ANY process: “Where there is wood there will be sawdust flying around” and all that. All part and parcel.

          Admittedly, when you say to someone “Get lost” that’s pretty comprehensive.


          Comment by bitchontheblog — May 16, 2011 @ 19:25 | Reply

      • Cabbage on your eyes? We have a Miss Khol living with us at the moment….

        Any implement that is designed to sharpen a pencil by rotating it against a blade(or rotate blades) is a pencil eater…the ones clamped to the desk are Giant Pencil Eaters! The pencils distributed to my classes always lasted longer than others. Another beauty of using a penknife is that you can shape the lead as you wish.

        A good quality graphite pencil (HB or B) being the ideal writing implement that which I use when formality is order of the day is a Fountain Pen…. I was presented with a Mont Blanc on retirement and I use PURPLE ink in it(at the moment) I would dearly love a Conway Stewart and a Parker Duofold….

        Comment by Magpie 11 — May 25, 2011 @ 21:03 | Reply

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