In the past year or so I've really gotten into pencils, using regular No. 2's and a Muji erasable pen exclusively at work, and Dixon Ticonderoga Black pencils at home. I was running low on the Dixon's and was doing some Google-ing (Googling?) when I stumbled upon the "the best pencil ever made" - Blackwing 602's. Sadly, they are no longer made, but are available as Palomino Blackwing 602's. A total sucker for the supposed best anything, I ordered a box, and damn if they aren't freaking awesome - smooth smooth smooth dark lead, and totally cool design - won't roll off the table! thumbs up.