The Ticonderoga pencil does everything a normal pencil does and does each thing better. Writing utensils are meant to be practical and using this pencil will make the subject feel its superiority. The pencil is easy to sharpen (doesn’t break repeatedly), writes effortlessly, feels smooth in one’s hand, and erases cleanly. My review relates each aspect to practicality while the review below talks about the ideas individually.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable pencils, the distinct 2/HB green-and-yellow Ticonderoga pencil is known for being a quality writing instrument. Due to a proprietary blend for its graphite, writing with these pencil feels smooth and almost always produces lustrous and dark lettering. The shiny, metallic lettering against its pine wood encasing evokes a sense of the lettering on an award and supports the idea that writing with the pencil is a “premium” or “luxurious” experience. Finally, the erasure is also very soft and without extreme pressure, will usually glide across a page rather than tearing it. Ticonderoga Tri-Write pencils feature the high quality pencil design from Ticonderoga with an added ergonomic twist: a trefoil cross-section for easier grip. As someone who presses very hard while writing, this has been a life-saver for my knuckles. Compared with traditional hexagonal pencils, the Tri-Write’s reduced number of edges allows a surface rather than an edge to sit on the knuckle of the ring finger, thereby reducing pressure on it. Moreover, as the Tri-Write is more natural to grip with the writing fingers than a hexagonal cross section, it is much easier to write for longer periods of time. For its premium materials, experience, and ergonomics, Ticonderoga’s Tri-Write is What I’ve Got in my pencil case.