The carpenter’s pencil hasn’t seen much innovation in the last 300 years, primarily because it works pretty darn well. But C.H. Hanson claims to have found room for improvement, resulting in their Superpencil — which they say lasts seven times longer than the standard shop pencil. We recently got our hands on a Superpencil in the Toolmonger test shop and gave it a go. Read on past the jump for our experiences and lots of pictures.
The Superpencil doesn’t come in a box or fancy wrapping. It doesn’t need any. It’s a freakin’ pencil. So we picked it up.
It’s around ten times heavier than a standard carpenter’s pencil, which turns out to feel quite good in your hand. The shape is that of a standard shop pencil — flat for a “no rolling” effect. However, the real feature that sets the Superpencil apart from other writing implements is that its made entirely from graphite compound. That’s right: there’s not a bit of wood on it anywhere.
We were a bit freaked out by this at first because you can bend the pencil easily without exerting much force. We were certain this would have an ill effect during testing, but it turns out it was a non-issue.
Also a non-issue: our concern that a pencil sans-wood couldn’t possibly stand up to the standard four-foot-drop-off-the-bench test that most shop pencils go through at least twice a day. To our surprise the Superpencil held up just fine — even after we slung it across the shop.
Our fears of a super sub-standard pencil abated, we headed into the testing.
Read on to page two for our in-use testing.