Just got an order in the mail from Pentel.
I can’t find these in stores anymore, and they’re only available on the Pentel site in .7mm size, which leads me to believe that this model of Twist Erase pencil is being phased out. Breaks my heart, because I’ve been using these pencils since I began making my own comics back in the 90s.
So, following the example of Charls Schultz (can’t find a link, but I might have read it in Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography), who bought thousands of his favorite pen nibs when he heard the manufacturer was discontinuing them, I got a pack of 10 of these pencils, which should last me more than 20 years. That is to say, if I can still find leads for them 20 years from now.
As many artists have said, it’s dangerous to fall in love with your tools, because the art supply manufacturers won’t necessarily love you back.
Maybe I should take a card from Ryan Estrada’s playbook, and just use whatever I have nearby. The best tool is the one within reach.