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The Pencil Perfect: The Untold Story of a Cultural Icon

by Caroline Weaver

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The Pencil Perfect is a history of the pencil in the vain of The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski, but geared toward the mainstream reader and not as detailed. It's written by the owner of the only pencil specific shop in America and this is clearly a passion project. The research in the Pencil Perfect feels fresh and has been updated with the brand consolidation of the 90's and exciting developments in the pencil market of the 21st century. While Petroski's book is the definitive history of the object. The Pencil Perfect is a good companion history and a much needed update.

The Pencil Perfect is a beautifully designed book from a small press. There are some amazing illistrations throughout the book highlighting important moments in history. From the cover to the ink color choices is simple but utterly perfect and exemplifies the simplicity of the pencil. Written and edited in just three months there are some mistakes in the editing, and some of the science facts in the 1st chapter made me cringe as a geologist, but those are pretty small complaints. It is well written conversational history of one of my favorite things so i can't complain too much. ( )
  stretch | May 28, 2017 |
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