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  • John Steinbeck was an obsessive pencil user and is said to have used as many as 60 a day.

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Ruler? Tire tread gauge? Caliper rule? Pen?  This German-made pen is all of these in one. Messograf, $25

First introduced
in 1928, the green Tombow 8900 is something of a hard-leaded icon in Japan. Tombow, $19

Maybe we've just been on our iPads too much lately, but we can't keep from noticing all the great traditional writing instruments these days.

Sign your checks like the boss with this refillable vintage pen that comes housed in a handsome holder. Blackbird, $25

 A new liquid pencil that writes smoothly, erases easily, but then becomes permanent. Sharpie, $5

Because you can't steal old school nickel-trimmed pens from ATMs. Field Notes, $5


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