When I first started using pencils to journal with I was naturally curious about how long a pencil would last. A bit of research and I discovered that the Eagle Pencil company tested the Mikado pencil (later renamed the Mirado) and as a result claimed that the pencil would write a line 35 miles long.
Being a hard-core journal writer for years, I already knew that my previous Bic pen of choice would not quite fill a single composition notebook. Bic pens are rated to last up to 2 miles; if a wooden pencil lasted 35 miles it would fill 17.5 of my composition notebooks. That’s about a year’s worth of journals for me; could a single pencil last me for a whole year?
I got excited at that thought. I selected a brand-new composition notebook, grabbed two brand new pencils, and started writing.
Since then I have filled two composition notebooks and started on a third. Between my two brand new pencils (14 inches in length total) I have 8 inches left. Here is a photo of the remains:
Between the two pencils I used 6.5 inches. As a result I can safely say that the 35-mile pencil writing claim is a myth. While a single pencil may be able to to write for 3-5 miles (depending upon how short you allow your pencil to get) there is no way that a pencil can last for 35 miles.
Even with the results of my unscientific study I am content with my discovery. An individual pencil will last twice as long as an ink pen so I am still saving money with the switch.
Have you even known a pencil to write for longer? Please share your stories in the comments below.
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