Stationery Nerd Days: The Bullet Pencil ST

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I backed Jeff Grant’s Bullet Pencil ST project on Kickstarter some time back. It arrived in December last year, and it felt well-made and superbly nerdy. But well, stationery has a special place in my heart.

Now there are quite a few bullet pencil makes out there today, and I am sticking to this one since it is the one I have. Haha. But while I have decided to stick with it, I thought I’d share some points that might be relevant to those who are considering a purchase.

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Why this mess, right? Okay, I bought it thinking it would be wide enough to fit the Palomino Blackwing (the pencil has an eraser ferrule) but when the Bullet Pencil ST arrived, I realised the maker had only said that the Bullet Pencil ST has a holder for the Palomino eraser. So, the Palomino Blackwing would only fit the Bullet Pencil ST if one had sawn off the eraser end on the (wooden) pencil. I didn’t have a saw, so I snapped the ferrule off the pencil instead. It was surprisingly easy if you were doing it on a full-length pencil (but not the stub).

I also found that the capacitative tip did not work well on my iPhone because my iPhone had a thick protector on it. Another point is that the weight is quite in favour of the eraser end, so the sweet spot for writing is limited to rather short stubs.

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But at the end of the day, if you want something to extend the life of your pencil stubs, and/or a housing so that you can carry a pencil everywhere without fear of the tip poking your pants/ pocket/ bag; and you do not mind paying quite a bit of money for it, I guess you will like a product like this.

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