What #2 Pencil Should I use?

What is your favorite #2 pencil?

Ticonderoga (original)
109
32%
Black Ticonderoga
128
37%
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: 342

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby mephistopheles » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:06 pm

A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A wrote:Image

just ordered a box of these. hopefully they'll improve my time



fuck those are sexy

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:16 pm

mephistopheles wrote:
A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A wrote:Image

just ordered a box of these. hopefully they'll improve my time



fuck those are sexy


Yeah, they are. But are they #2?! Can these be used on the exam?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:33 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:
mephistopheles wrote:
A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A wrote:Image

just ordered a box of these. hopefully they'll improve my time



fuck those are sexy


Yeah, they are. But are they #2?! Can these be used on the exam?


I was told they aren't. A poster who responded a few posts back says it doesn't matter.

I don't think I'm going to chance it.

ETA: I sent an email to Palomino (contact form on their website) asking if any of their pencils are #2, and that I'm looking for a pencil to use on a standardized test. I'll post if they respond.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby tuffyjohnson » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:34 pm

ok, you guys are now at 11 pages on what pencil to use. Congrats.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:39 pm

TheMostDangerousLG wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:
mephistopheles wrote:
A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A wrote:Image

just ordered a box of these. hopefully they'll improve my time



fuck those are sexy


Yeah, they are. But are they #2?! Can these be used on the exam?


I was told they aren't. A poster who responded a few posts back says it doesn't matter.

I don't think I'm going to chance it.

ETA: I sent an email to Palomino (contact form on their website) asking if any of their pencils are #2, and that I'm looking for a pencil to use on a standardized test. I'll post if they respond.


For the most important exam of my life, I'm not going to chance it. Thanks for your response.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:40 pm

tuffyjohnson wrote:ok, you guys are now at 11 pages on what pencil to use. Congrats.


I like the Ticon blacks, but I'm keeping my eyes open for anything better before May. I'll need about a month and at least 10 PTs before I'm comfortable with a new pencil to use on game day.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby mlansky » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:54 pm

Once I went Ticon black, I didn't go back.

What sharpeners is everyone using? and what kind of erasers?
my sharpener of choice
...in conjunction with magic rub erasers, though I don't erase much, only if I've made a mistake diagramming or something... even then I can see an argument for using one of those caps in the interest of saving a few seconds...

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:10 pm

mlansky wrote:Once I went Ticon black, I didn't go back.

What sharpeners is everyone using? and what kind of erasers?
my sharpener of choice
...in conjunction with magic rub erasers, though I don't erase much, only if I've made a mistake diagramming or something... even then I can see an argument for using one of those caps in the interest of saving a few seconds...


What do you do with the shavings?

This is my favorite sharpener so far: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002K9 ... UTF8&psc=1

I use one of those white polymers erasers. I also got white polymer eraser caps for my pencils for prepping, but used fresh pencils with their own erasers on test day (with the standalone white polymer eraser ready to go on the desk in case I needed mega-erasing).

tuffyjohnson wrote:ok, you guys are now at 11 pages on what pencil to use. Congrats.


School supplies is serious business.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby mindarmed » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:12 pm

you guys are seriously neurotic, you'll make perfect t14 law students

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby mlansky » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:31 pm

TheMostDangerousLG wrote:
What do you do with the shavings?



I usually have a trash can nearby or make a mini-pile that I dispose of during my break/after the test. I'm aware that this might be a handicap I should eliminate prior to the actual test, but none of the sharpeners with compartments has really won me over, they seem to loosen the graphite or sharpen at too acute an angle or some such annoyance...

Your test-day eraser strategy is sound, I'll probably do the same.

armedwithamind wrote:you guys are seriously neurotic, you'll make perfect t14 law students


"Carelessness is Godlessness but Scrutiny is Sanctity" lol

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:48 pm

armedwithamind wrote:you guys are seriously neurotic, you'll make perfect t14 law students



the only thing that makes perfect t14 students is the LSAT


the rest is TTT

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:26 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:
tuffyjohnson wrote:ok, you guys are now at 11 pages on what pencil to use. Congrats.


I like the Ticon blacks, but I'm keeping my eyes open for anything better before May. I'll need about a month and at least 10 PTs before I'm comfortable with a new pencil to use on game day.


I can't reiterate this point enough. Don't use a pencil on game day that you haven't extensively practiced with.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:39 pm

deputydog wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:
tuffyjohnson wrote:ok, you guys are now at 11 pages on what pencil to use. Congrats.


I like the Ticon blacks, but I'm keeping my eyes open for anything better before May. I'll need about a month and at least 10 PTs before I'm comfortable with a new pencil to use on game day.


I can't reiterate this point enough. Don't use a pencil on game day that you haven't extensively practiced with.


Don't worry man. I won't. It'd be the equivalent of:

-Slipping on new basketball shoes before game 7 of the NBA finals.
-Using a new tennis racket for your Wimbledon final.
-Using a new reed for your clarinet/saxophone in the biggest live symphony performance of your life.

I don't recommend doing any of these.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:42 pm

mlansky wrote:I usually have a trash can nearby or make a mini-pile that I dispose of during my break/after the test. I'm aware that this might be a handicap I should eliminate prior to the actual test, but none of the sharpeners with compartments has really won me over, they seem to loosen the graphite or sharpen at too acute an angle or some such annoyance...


I don't know how I feel about that...

I'll probably buy one with a compartment. The mini-pile will drive me nuts. What if I accidentally cough and all that shit goes everywhere?

With that said, my sharpener sucks. Does anyone know which sharpener is best? It absolutely HAS to have a compartment for the shavings.
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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:44 pm

Or also like using a new sword before a ninja duel/ bullfight.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:40 pm

Thought I'd let you guys see my swag.

Tri-writes, Ticonderogas, and Black Warriors. Those Helix caps are SICK!

Image

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:51 pm

Image

As promised. Look at those TTT CVS pencils. No wonder I'm retaking.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:56 pm

deputydog wrote:Thought I'd let you guys see my swag.

Tri-writes, Ticonderogas, and Black Warriors. Those Helix caps are SICK!

Image


I gotta get me some of those Helix caps.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:09 am

ManoftheHour wrote:
deputydog wrote:Thought I'd let you guys see my swag.

Tri-writes, Ticonderogas, and Black Warriors. Those Helix caps are SICK!

Image


I gotta get me some of those Helix caps.


They are sick bro. It looks like we both have weak eraser game though. It's also cool that we are currently testing in the same book too.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:33 am

ManoftheHour wrote:Image

As promised. Look at those TTT CVS pencils. No wonder I'm retaking.



Why do you still have them? Donate them to someone already. Also, what the hell is that pink thing with a cow picture?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:39 am

deputydog how are you liking the black warriors in comparison to the tri-writes and the ticonderogas ?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:59 am

TheMostDangerousLG wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:
mephistopheles wrote:
A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A wrote:
just ordered a box of these. hopefully they'll improve my time



fuck those are sexy


Yeah, they are. But are they #2?! Can these be used on the exam?


I was told they aren't. A poster who responded a few posts back says it doesn't matter.

I don't think I'm going to chance it.

ETA: I sent an email to Palomino (contact form on their website) asking if any of their pencils are #2, and that I'm looking for a pencil to use on a standardized test. I'll post if they respond.


I'll probably use them on the LSAT if they end up being my favorite to use for PTs because I don't think bubble sheets care if they're labeled as long as they're dark enough, but don't use them if not having a number is going to bother you on the test. Palomino's pencils made in USA like Golden Bear are graded #2, and the Japanese pencils like these (LinkRemoved) are graded HB (international #2). My Ticonderogas and Tri-conderogas are labeled with both #2 and HB.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil#Grading_and_classification
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/10/why-you-used-to-have-to-use-2-pencils-with-scantron-forms/

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:05 am

Dr. Dre wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:Image

As promised. Look at those TTT CVS pencils. No wonder I'm retaking.



Why do you still have them? Donate them to someone already. Also, what the hell is that pink thing with a cow picture?


It's the pencil sharpener that my ex gave me...which is actually the only pencil sharpener that I have.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby CR2012 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:33 am

My only regret during my LSAT prep was that I didn't take the time to purchase quality pencils for my first take. I only realized this after receiving my second score and putting two and two together.

Sorry for the testimonial, I just really appreciate the work that is being done ITT for future test takers.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:11 am

Dr. Dre wrote:deputydog how are you liking the black warriors in comparison to the tri-writes and the ticonderogas ?


The triconderogas appear to hold the best point, but the grip is uncomfortable. I love the grip of the black warriors the best, but it is hard to keep the point on it. It dulls fast. The traditional Ticonderoga appears to be the happy median between the two. I think I need to do more research with the Black Warriors though. I'm thinking if I can step my sharpener game up, it has the potentenial to become my favorite.

I can't wait to buy some black ticonderogas and compare them to my current arsenal.




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