If you’re a creative writer or artist of any sort, having a pencil certainly comes in handy. As a general principle, it’s always good to have fresh pencils so you won’t have to worry about interruptions in your work. But what about getting down to a pencil stub? If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like writing with the stubs, then this might be something you’re interested in.
This is the continuous pencil; it allows you to write with a full length pencil without ever having to deal with stubs. My first impression of this was that it was something of a wooden extension that would hold the stub, but it’s actually designed with the idea of lego in mind.
What’s supposed to happen is that when one pencil becomes a stub, there’s an opening at the tail-end of it which matches up with the unsharpened peg at the front end of the same pencil. So all you have to do is take the unsharpened peg of a new pencil and stick it in the opening, thus extending the pencil. The idea is really cool because, as I’ve said, it means you’ll no longer have to deal with pencil stubs.
The designers of the pencil are U Jung Heo, Young Gag Han, & Sa Yoeng Kim; and it’s great for those who are fans of the traditional pen-knife sharpening – especially for designers and artists who generally don’t like mechanical pencils.
Another design by Hoyoung Lee, Youngwoo Park, & Jinyoung Park, known as the 1+1=1 Pencil is similar, although the continuous pencil might have been inspired by it. The 1+1=1 design is really just a connector, which links two pencils through a tube which looks to be hollow.
This design is a little more flexible, although at the same time a little harder to work with because if the tube is hollow, the weight distribution might not be even – especially if the two lengths are different.
Both designs are pretty cool and have the potential to be very useful, so I recommend checking them out if you’re interested in them.