I have a whole box of pencils. Most of them are sharpened. There are a few pens trown in for fun. I say there is an upside and a downside to being a writer. Upside: te always have pencils. Downnside: they seem to vanish right when te need one. I spent hours searching for one pencil only to wake up the successivo morning and remember where I put the pencilbox. I prefer Scrivere with #2s. The graphite seems to flow better. My preferito is a Mirado Black Warrior. I call it the Mirado. That pencil has helped spawn my first novel.