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Everybody would love to ride a 2014 Dixon Ticonderoga.(r/facepalm)
Can we talk about the Dixon Ticonderoga for a minute?
It is, by far, the best pencil on the market. And let me tell you why: because the little nub of rubber on top of it actually erases things. I’m sure that other pencils had this feature too, long ago, but at some point in history, pencilmakers everywhere decided that instead of a useful eraser, what consumers really wanted on top of their pencil was a shitty little piece of plastic that left a pinkish, streaky mess all over the paper.
But not Dixon. The Ticonderoga still can actually erase. And for that, I salute you, Dixon.
EDIT: Thanks for the gold. But for less than the price of reddit gold, you could have bought a fresh, new pack of Ticonderogas and almost had enough money left over for another fresh, new pack of Ticonderogas.
EDIT 2: Lots of people trashing the Ticonderoga and trying to push the Palamaladingdong Black Wing 602. These cost $1.90 per pencil. And that is ridiculous. The good people at Dixon aren’t going to rip you off like that. And you know what? They make a black Ticonderoga that is equally sexy, IF NOT SEXIER, than the Black Wing 602. AND a black Ticonderoga will only run you about 21 cents per pencil, which is a much better deal.
EDIT 3: Some people are trying to push mechanical pencils. Sure, people can use those. Mechanical pencils are all well and good. But here is why the Dixon Ticonderoga is better than any mechanical pencil.
#1. The Ticonderoga has its graphite embedded inside of it. This guarantees that the graphite will never slip up inside of the pencil body if you press down too hard, which tends to happen frequently with low-end mechanical pencils. It may happen less frequently with high-grade ones, but it will never happen with a Ticonderoga.
#2. You must sharpen the Ticonderoga. Some people may think that this is a weakness, but I assure you that it is a strength. After writing a few pages, you’ll see that your once-sharp tip is now a dull nub. It’s a fine indication of all of the work you’ve done thus far. That dull nub tells you that you’ve accomplished something. And once you’ve sharpened it and started writing again? Boy oh boy, there is no finer feeling that using a freshly-sharpened pencil.
#3. Sharpening the Ticonderoga releases a delectable wood scent into the air. The wood used in Dixon brand Ticonderogas is of a high quality, and is pleasant to smell. This cannot be achieved while using a mechanical pencil without also purchasing some sort of artificial wood scent spray.
#4. The Ticonderoga is made of wood. This means that the pencil is always pleasant to the touch. It has a solid, natural feel to it, which you can’t get with low-grade mechanical pencils, which are made of plastic. High-end mech pencils tend to be metal. When I wake up first thing in the morning, and grab one of my several Ticonderogas to start the day’s crossword puzzle, do you know what I don’t feel? The biting cold of a metallic pencil body against my fingers. What a way to ruin a perfectly good morning.
EDIT 4: If anyone from the good people at Dixon are reading this: I would love some free pencils.
EDIT 5: The good folks at Dixon just contacted me and are going to send me a box of sweet, sweet Ticonderogas. Either that, or I just gave my home address to a random redditor. In either case, I’ll let you guys know when they get here.
EDIT 6: They came! Thanks, Dixon!
Just for the record, I don’t work for Dixon, nor did anyone from their company ask me to make any of these posts. I’m just a simple man who loves good-quality, affordable pencils.