Do you guys know about these Blackwing pencils? My dear mentor Scott Wolven uses these. He says he likes that pencils show how much work you've done as the lead and eraser wear away. I haven't used a pencil regularly since elementary school but there is something to it. A lot of people prefer the black ones but I really like the pearl. They don't wear down quite as fast as the softer black ones do. I buy mine at a little store near my apartment in the city on Avenue A between 4th and 5th Street.
I met with David Means the other day. He blurbed my book and then we became friends. I was excited to see he used Blackwings too! His are Graphite and fall somewhere between the black and the pearl.
We writers and readers tend to be a bit fetishistic about pens, pencils, notebooks and books.