Paper World

Pencil Extender


Use your pencils down to the nub

This’ll be a short review because there’s not much to say other than that it works great and it’s American Made. Oh yeah, it’s a pencil extender.

What’s a pencil extender? It’s not a lead holder, which is an easy mistake to make. It’s for your regular pencil when it gets down to the very end and you don’t want to throw it away yet. I use a lot of Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils. They’re not super-expensive but art supplies can add up and I hate to waste anything. My General Pencil Co. extender, “The Miser,” has kept dozens of Col-Erases alive beyond what would have been an early retirement.

I’ve not tried it with any other pencils so I can’t comment on how well it does on a classic No. 2 or a Mirado Black Warrior. I do like it much better than the fancier-looking aluminium-bodied extender I tried around a year ago. That one was a bit too light-weight and once a pencil is worn down to a nub, I like the extender to add a bit of heft.

Love your pencil? Love it just a little longer with a good extender.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Similar pencil extenders can be bought very cheaply elsewhere online. For example, AliExpress sells 10 pencil extenders for $3.83 including shipping.

-- Barry McWilliams 05/14/20

(This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2014 — editors)