When I was a kid, my Dad always had a construction pencil stuck behind his ear. I would often see him grab for it even when it wasn’t there. I always thought that was strange until years later when I started using one. Not only is it sweet to use, the part I loved best was sharpening it with a knife – very cool. The Striker represents a new generation of construction pencil’s and like so many other tools it has now become automatic.
The Striker is a mechanical construction pencil. Yeah, I wasn’t thrilled either at first, but the new method does bring a few advantages such as an added 18% thickness in the lead and the fact that you never have to stop to sharpen it. You just “click” it instead.
The rectangular lead has grooves on one side that the pencil uses to ratchet it out of its shock-resistant plastic tube. It also serves as a solid brace for the *cough* gentle use most construction pencils see.
The $4 price tag for the pencil puts it well above the 30 cent street price most old-school pencils bring, but the trade off is that sharpening is just a click away.
My real question, though, is, “Does it fit behind your ear?”