Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Liquid graphite pencils

The Sharpie Liquid Pencil, due to arrive this fall, looks like an interesting toy. If it performs like the Sharpies I’ve used, it will be the first pencil to bleed through the page. [Cue rimshot.]

Despite the claim to innovation (here, for instance), there is nothing new about liquid graphite pencils, which Scripto and Parker first offered in 1955. That the Sharpie Liquid Pencil’s line becomes permanent after three days — that is something new.

[Popular Mechanics, June 1955.]

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comments: 6

Other Elaine said...

Hmmm. Why would we need this? Or want it? It didn't catch on in '55--possibly for a reason. Kind of a stumper.

I did buy a new writing implement last year--a ceramic-lead marking pen to use in quilting. The fine line is a plus, and it's easier to live with than a chalk pencil.

Michael Leddy said...

In the Washington Post piece, there’s an explanation from a Sharpie executive: “sharpening standard pencils takes up valuable classroom time, and mechanical pencil leads seem to constantly break.” So maybe this pencil will be popular in school.

Other Elaine said...

I abandoned pencils early on in HS--too smeary (especially over time.) And by college, used pen even in math classes; similarly, ink and paper for the NYT puzzle in Present Day. But I see what you mean. Predict, however, that poorer kids will still be using ye olde Ticonderoga #2.

OfficeSupplyGeek said...

Just an fyi, that whole "becomes permanent" does not seem to be true so far. It has been about 8 days and my original writing sample is still erasable.

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for the heads-up. Anyone interested in the Sharpie should read OSG’s review.

Neil said...

Having the writing become permanent after awhile is not new.

This is just a variation on the Erasermate.