I would say I know my fair share of nerds. Denim nerds, record nerds, computer nerds, bike nerds…basically anyone that has an extreme passion for the details and intricacies of a specific topic. A nerd I’ve never crossed paths with is a pencil nerd, someone who can see and feel the difference between a #2 and a soft wax lead.
The Palomino Blackwing 602 was discontinued in 1998, resulting in a cult following for these “firm & smooth” pencils. They’ve just been re-released, and I have a 12 pack with my name on it. Sometimes I find myself crossing out my notes and re-writing them, just so they look better, even if no one will see them but me. Perhaps a notebook of graphite text will prove a more beautiful notebook indeed.