What #2 Pencil Should I use?

What is your favorite #2 pencil?

Ticonderoga (original)
109
32%
Black Ticonderoga
130
38%
Tri-conderoga
22
6%
Blackwing 602
15
4%
Black Mirado Warrior
35
10%
Palomino's Golden Bear
2
1%
General's Semi-Hex
5
1%
Palomino HB
13
4%
Other (post ITT what it is)
13
4%
 
Total votes: 344

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:31 pm

deputydog wrote:
Dr. Dre wrote:Image

For a period of 2 weeks I have been training with a short black tricon (it sits next to the taller black tricon for comparison) and have been bewitched, transformed, and transfixed by its usage.

The short length allows for greater precision and swiftness. The pencil is lighter, so one is able to move faster when diagramming, underlining premises & conclusion, and creating marks on RC passages. When a mistake occurs, the pencil permits an effortless 180° turn to expunge the error.

But, alas, one is only able to derive this benefit after rigorous training: utilizing the pencil during multiple LSAT questions.

That doesn't look like a tricon. I take it you like the long point better?



whoops HUGE typo :oops:

I meant TICONderoga not TRICONderoga. My bad!

and yea i like the long point on the TICON because it is strong and will not break easily

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby CR2012 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:29 am

These were my weapons of choice for the December 2012 LSAT


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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby haus » Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:27 am

CR2012 wrote:These were my weapons of choice for the December 2012 LSAT


Image

Here is more info on the Oxford pencils.

http://woodclinched.com/2010/09/15/revi ... -grade-hb/

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby CR2012 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:42 am

haus wrote:
CR2012 wrote:These were my weapons of choice for the December 2012 LSAT


Image

Here is more info on the Oxford pencils.

http://woodclinched.com/2010/09/15/revi ... -grade-hb/


Thanks for the link. I believe that was an accurate appraisal. I would definitely recommend this pencil.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby arcanecircle » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:39 am

Wow I didn't think this thread would hit 9 pages.

I second the smaller pencil conferring greater advantages. I've been switching to a fresh Triconderoga when mine is nubbed down to about 3/4 the size, so I'll have plenty of spares for test day.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby mephistopheles » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:22 am

arcanecircle wrote:Wow I didn't think this thread would hit 9 pages.

I second the smaller pencil conferring greater advantages. I've been switching to a fresh Triconderoga when mine is nubbed down to about 3/4 the size, so I'll have plenty of spares for test day.



very economical

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby haus » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:50 am

When I sat down to try a initial diagnostic practice test, I had just read that wooden pencils were required for a the exam. I did not have any wooden pencils as I had not used one for years (probably 15 to 20 years since I regularly used them).

I stopped by a convience store and grabbed what they had on hand and a throw away plastic sharpener. The first signs of things being less than ideal was the discomfort I felt sharpening three of the pencils. Things went downhill from there, I found the marks made by pencils were unexpectedly light and inconsistent. I attempt to adjust by pressing harder, this lead to broken points (and more time with the crummy sharpener). I also discovered that the erasers on these pencils did a better job of smearing the lead marks than erasing them, when I used more elbow grease to force the issue, I ended up tearing holes in the paper I used as my scoring sheet. When I made it through the practice test, my hand was sore.

I realized that this was not the performance I wanted to repeat on the actual rest day. Hence I read some reviews on pencils, sharpeners, and erasers. I orderd a few or each that sounded promising. I set aside the fat barrel pens I used at the office to take notes, and started using wooden pencils for all of my daily writing task. This allowed me to find the combination of tools that I am most comfortable with.

No, I do not expect that this will lead to a dramatic diffrence in my score, but I do want to make an effort to reduce things that could be distractions. This may be more important to me than many others due to some nagging injuries I have with my writing hand left over from days when my work was more physically demanding than my current geek work.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:10 pm

haus wrote:When I sat down to try a initial diagnostic practice test, I had just read that wooden pencils were required for a the exam. I did not have any wooden pencils as I had not used one for years (probably 15 to 20 years since I regularly used them).

I stopped by a convience store and grabbed what they had on hand and a throw away plastic sharpener. The first signs of things being less than ideal was the discomfort I felt sharpening three of the pencils. Things went downhill from there, I found the marks made by pencils were unexpectedly light and inconsistent. I attempt to adjust by pressing harder, this lead to broken points (and more time with the crummy sharpener). I also discovered that the erasers on these pencils did a better job of smearing the lead marks than erasing them, when I used more elbow grease to force the issue, I ended up tearing holes in the paper I used as my scoring sheet. When I made it through the practice test, my hand was sore.

I realized that this was not the performance I wanted to repeat on the actual rest day. Hence I read some reviews on pencils, sharpeners, and erasers. I orderd a few or each that sounded promising. I set aside the fat barrel pens I used at the office to take notes, and started using wooden pencils for all of my daily writing task. This allowed me to find the combination of tools that I am most comfortable with.

No, I do not expect that this will lead to a dramatic diffrence in my score, but I do want to make an effort to reduce things that could be distractions. This may be more important to me than many others due to some nagging injuries I have with my writing hand left over from days when my work was more physically demanding than my current geek work.


180 poast.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Gotti » Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:14 pm

Posting in here was the worst decision of my life.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:38 pm

deputydog wrote:
haus wrote:When I sat down to try a initial diagnostic practice test, I had just read that wooden pencils were required for a the exam. I did not have any wooden pencils as I had not used one for years (probably 15 to 20 years since I regularly used them).

I stopped by a convience store and grabbed what they had on hand and a throw away plastic sharpener. The first signs of things being less than ideal was the discomfort I felt sharpening three of the pencils. Things went downhill from there, I found the marks made by pencils were unexpectedly light and inconsistent. I attempt to adjust by pressing harder, this lead to broken points (and more time with the crummy sharpener). I also discovered that the erasers on these pencils did a better job of smearing the lead marks than erasing them, when I used more elbow grease to force the issue, I ended up tearing holes in the paper I used as my scoring sheet. When I made it through the practice test, my hand was sore.

I realized that this was not the performance I wanted to repeat on the actual rest day. Hence I read some reviews on pencils, sharpeners, and erasers. I orderd a few or each that sounded promising. I set aside the fat barrel pens I used at the office to take notes, and started using wooden pencils for all of my daily writing task. This allowed me to find the combination of tools that I am most comfortable with.

No, I do not expect that this will lead to a dramatic diffrence in my score, but I do want to make an effort to reduce things that could be distractions. This may be more important to me than many others due to some nagging injuries I have with my writing hand left over from days when my work was more physically demanding than my current geek work.


180 poast.


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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:39 pm

Gotti wrote:Posting in here was the worst decision of my life.



Dr. Dre wrote:
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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:50 am

Bump

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:42 pm



How good is this sharpener? The only sharpener I have is this shitty pink one that my ex gave me for our first week anniversary.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:46 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:


How good is this sharpener? The only sharpener I have is this shitty pink one that my ex gave me for our first week anniversary.


No wonder she is your ex.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:39 pm

deputydog wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:


How good is this sharpener? The only sharpener I have is this shitty pink one that my ex gave me for our first week anniversary.


No wonder she is your ex.


Clearly your ex is not law school material

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby NoodleyOne » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:41 pm

You know... in a weird way, I think being comfortable with your pencils can help on test day. It's just one of those mental things, like being attached to a hockey stick that you scored a hatty with or something.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby rebexness » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:44 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:
deputydog wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:How good is this sharpener? The only sharpener I have is this shitty pink one that my ex gave me for our first week anniversary.


No wonder she is your ex.


Clearly your ex is not law school material


Maybe the ex is from the 3rd grade.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:55 pm

deputydog wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:


How good is this sharpener? The only sharpener I have is this shitty pink one that my ex gave me for our first week anniversary.


No wonder she is your ex.


LOL.

Also, I'm not gonna lie, I entirely deserved that low 160 on my first take. I:

1. Was not as prepared as I should have been.
2. Bought CVS pencils and didn't test them out.
3. Realized (the night before the exam) that I needed a pencil sharpener and the only one I had was that one in my car that I put in the trunk somewhere four years ago. I was lucky to remember that I still had it.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:58 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:
deputydog wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:


How good is this sharpener? The only sharpener I have is this shitty pink one that my ex gave me for our first week anniversary.


No wonder she is your ex.


LOL.

Also, I'm not gonna lie, I entirely deserved that low 160 on my first take. I:

1. Was not as prepared as I should have been.
2. Bought CVS pencils and didn't test them out.
3. Realized (the night before the exam) that I needed a pencil sharpener and the only one I had was that one in my car that I put in the trunk somewhere four years ago. I was lucky to remember that I still had it.



Well aren't you glad this thread exists?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:10 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:

Well aren't you glad this thread exists?


It will definitely prevent future test takers from repeating my mistake.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:11 pm

rebexness wrote:
Dr. Dre wrote:
deputydog wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:How good is this sharpener? The only sharpener I have is this shitty pink one that my ex gave me for our first week anniversary.


No wonder she is your ex.


Clearly your ex is not law school material


Maybe the ex is from the 3rd grade.


College, but by looking at the sharpener, one might conclude that. I'll post a picture of it when I get home from work. It's pink, dull, and has pictures of cows on it. Amazingly, it comes with a really good eraser though. But it fell off during actual exam taking. :[

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:12 pm

I'm very thankful this thread exists. I don't think I've ever gleaned so much practical knowledge from a thread on TLS, ever.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:14 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:
College, but by looking at the sharpener, one might conclude that. I'll post a picture of it when I get home from work. It's pink, dull, and has pictures of cows on it. Amazingly, it comes with a really good eraser though. But it fell off during actual exam taking. :[


Poast pic or area code ex gf

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby mindarmed » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:28 pm

:lol: bros i went to the store two days before the LSAT and bought some random pencils. pencils are TTT as fuck and if you're concerned with something as trivial as your pencil type on exam day, please reevaluate your life and have a drink or six

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:36 pm

armedwithamind wrote::lol: bros i went to the store two days before the LSAT and bought some random pencils. pencils are TTT as fuck and if you're concerned with something as trivial as your pencil type on exam day, please reevaluate your life and have a drink or six


I bet you woulda got that 180 if you would have had better pencils.




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