I stopped using wooden pencils years ago. Now all I use are the cheap Pentel type of mechanical pencils - you push on the eraser to feed the lead. No need to sharpen, or find your sharpener, and you can get a dozen for a $ or 2. Each comes with 3 leads, one ready to use, and when it runs out, just hold the point down and keep pushing on the eraser to load another. You can buy lead refills also, just make sure you are buying the size that fits your pencil. I keep some in my shirt pocket, and in the shop have several in varying places - so when I use one, lay it down, and can't find it later, I always have more at hand.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.