Benefits of Felt Pencil Topper

Map out your future - but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip.
— Jon Bon Jovi

Have you ever had callus on your ring finger from writing too long using a hexagon pencil? 

I remember when I was a kid the one tool in school for me was the pencil (paper too). I use pencil a lot for drawing and writing. When one made a mistake, simply take the eraser and rub away your mistake. However, when writing or drawing for a very long period of time using a hexagonal pencil, I put pressure on my ring finger and this cause callus. And this leads me to the next question - why are pencils hexagonal shaped?

Here's what I found from a Google search:

It is cheaper to make pencils with six sides because more pencils can be made from the same amount of wood. The wood that could make eight round pencils can be made into nine hexagonal ones.


Tonight, I'm using a felt material pencil topper that I got from SFMOMA. As I was holding this pencil topper, I realized the felt material has a soft, consistently smooth and it feels fairly gentle against the skin. This might eliminate finger calluses from writing. I haven't put lots of writing hours to prove it, but I can feel the smoothness on my fingers already.

These bunny toppers came in many different colors. Their smiley faces are hand stitched. It has a long neck to cover the length of the pencil. Because it is handmade each of them is slightly different. So, I took my time and choose what feels good on my hand, and color matter too. 

At first the topper hole was tight. I then inserted a chopstick to loosen it up and make it easier to insert the pencil. 

As I'm writing and every time I look at the bunny smiley face, but couldn't help it put a smile on my face :-)