Posts tagged ‘pencils’

November 6th, 2012

2B or not 2B

by Chris Hancock

The purpose of this site is primarily the glorification of words.  But for the words to exist, somebody has to write them.  In this technological age, everything is typed on a multitude of electronic devices – when was the last time you wrote anything longer than a signature by hand?  In that context, some of the writing implements we formerly used are taking on a mythical, faintly ridiculous quality.

As an analogy, older readers may recall a popular record made by American comedian Bob Hewhart, about the introduction of tobacco to the civilised world by Sir Walter Raleigh. In it, Newhart (as Raleigh) explained the bizarre usage: “you take some of the leaves, roll them up into a paper tube, put the tube in your mouth… and set fire to it”.