The first order of business was to use the Superpencil for its intended purpose: woodworking. We tried standard scribing of lines and measurement markers on different types of wood.
The Superpencil does make clear and dark marks on any colored wood. However, we did find a minor annoyance in that the closest we could get to a straight edge with the mark was around 3/16 of an inch — if you held the pencil the normal way. This wasn’t a show stopper, but coupled with the graphite that rubs off on your fingers where you grip the pencil, it was a bit frustrating.
One of the added bonuses of the Superpencil’s odd construction is the fact that you can draw lines of different widths with the flat end. Three different widths are easy to make by turning the pencil in your hand.
After a day of marking lines that were slightly off we couldn’t take it anymore. We brought out the razor knife and sharpened up an end. We were surprised at how soft the lead actually is. It was like carving frozen butter, which explained the bending issue earlier. Once sharpened, the pencil worked great. We could use the sharpened end to scribe accurate lines and the blunt end to heavy them up or write in measurements.
Read on to page three for our conclusions.