Alas, poor pencil, you’ve served me well:
I’ve had this pencil for at least a decade (perhaps slightly longer). I’ve written more stories with it than I can count, and a fair few books, too. Sadly, it cannot be replaced – while they still make this particular model, the grip is no longer smooth, but patterned, and it irritates my fingers after a while. Luckily, I’ve got a backup, but one day it, too, will go the way of its brother, and then I’ll be forced to replace it with the patterned grip pencil that I don’t like.
Of course, the patterned grip is still better than the dozens of other mechanical pencil styles available.
Rest in peace, oh pencil mine. You’ve earned it.
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