The Ultimate Pencil Carry


I wasn’t even into pencils. I didn’t know a Blackwing Pearl from a Golden Bear, or an HB from R2D2.

But I received a free pencil with an order after finally succumbing to Field Notes. Same with the purchase of notebooks from Write Notepads & Co. And then I ordered the Write Notepads Jumbo pencils because they looked like fun. Then I bought a sample pack from, which included the infamous Blackwing 602. And then, of course, I had to have the Classroom Friendly sharpener. All along I had been listening to the Erasable podcast, with their infectious obsession. I was hooked.

The problem, however, was how to carry these new treasures with me. Something needs to protect that freshly sharpened tip and prevent graphite from smearing the inside of a bag. I didn’t want to go to the trouble of ordering special caps and I didn’t need something as large as a pencil case.

Then I remembered the glass tubes that vanilla beans come in when purchased from Penzey’s. I’ve bought vanilla beans to make my own extract and kept an empty tube because the inside smells of vanilla and tropical sunsets.

This is the perfect pencil carrying case. A newly sharpened pencil fits just right. It’s still too short for a Blackwing, but a few sharpenings will take care of that, and a Write Notepads jumbo fits inside like a fine cigar.

And each time the tube is opened I get a hit of vanilla … with a hint of cedar.

Now I just need to buy more vanilla beans.


Photos: ACF