Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Paper wrapped carpenters' pencils.
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I use a carpenters' pencil A Lot.
Often my family will have to remind me that I have one sticking out of the band of my baseball cap behind one ear in public because I habitually stuff one up there without thinking about it. It's like a part of my super-suit and I feel kind of naked when I reach back there and it's not to be found, but that's beside the point.
The point is that I use them until they are just bitty little pencilettes and while I have developed quite the knack for whittling the fact remains that every so often I gash myself but good sharpening them or snap the lead on the cheap one's.

For the life of me I can't figure out why nobody has made a paper wrapped carpenters' pencil with a pull string like the old wax pencils have.

This would allow the pencil to be used almost right to the nubbin without sharpening at all. Simply rub the flat edge of the newly exposed lead on almost any surface to get a razor sharp tip and leave the razor knife in the back pocket where it belongs as another accessory of the super suit.

Prior art. Plywood_20pencil
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Dec 13 2017]


       But not a pencil that tastes like a pretzel, that you could gnaw the casing back ?   

       I hunger for a pencil like that.
normzone, Dec 13 2017

       This sounds good. How does the pull-string work on a wax pencil work?
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 14 2017

       A minimal amount of unrepresentative research suggests that most pencils taste rather better than most pretzels.
8th of 7, Dec 14 2017

       I would have to disagree. A true pretzel, with its silky skin and satisfyingly chewy dough, is no bad thing. And the little micropretzels that come in bags are basically an excuse to eat crunchy salt crystals.   

       At my primary school, one of our teachers got so annoyed with everyone chewing the pencils that he ostentatiously opened a new box of pencils, twizzled the end of each one in his ear*, then handed them out. They lasted a long time.   

       (*He did have two ears.)
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 14 2017

       Damn. Should've thought of that.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 14 2017


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