Why a woodcase pencil makes a great adventure journaling tool

  1. Hemingway used one. Even if you’re not Hemingway, or even if you don’t really care for his writing, it’s still cool.
  2. You know how much is left. And, it seems that no matter how small it gets, there’s always a little bit left to write with.
  3. You have to sharpen it, which requires a knife, which is all kinds of adventurous. And the shavings from sharpening could act as a fire starter.
  4. You can erase. Did the fish seem bigger the next morning? No problem.
  5. Low risk – they’re mostly disposable. Ok, the really nice ones might be $2 a piece if you paid a very high price or a lot for shipping, but even then, it’s not that much.
  6. Some people think a pencil will write 45,000 words. That should be far enough.
  7. They’re light. Outdoor adventures always seem to involve carrying stuff, and the less the better.
  8. Water resistant. Alcohol resistant. Fade proof. While erasable, pencil is very resistant to the other things that might wipe out what you’ve created.
  9. Heat & pressure resistant. Pencils don’t leak on airplanes, or in hot cars.
  10. Sketching with a pencil is more forgiving than with a pen.

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