This Dixon Tri-conderoga is probably my favourite of my found pencils. I found it below a bench in the school yard next door to my house, and I bet the student who owned it was sorry to lose this pencil! Most of the pencils I find are fairly boring and run-of-the-mill, but this one is very eye-catching. It is a large, chunky, triangular-shaped pencil with a smooth, matte black body. The name of the pencil is printed boldly on the body in shiny red letters, the ferrule is striped in green and red, and it is all finished off with a matching black eraser.
The appearance of this pencil gave me high expectations of how well it would write, but I was quickly disappointed. The lead seemed faint (and it definitely was not any darker than the Dixon No.2/HB which I reviewed previously), making me feel that I needed to use more pressure to make a mark, and occasionally while writing I would encounter these strange scratchy parts of the lead. It's hard to describe any better than that, and, while it didn't really seem to have much of an effect on writing quality, it did detract from my overall writing experience.
The eraser is okay for small erasing jobs, but it felt like I needed to make more passes over the page to actually erase something. Of course, it's not a big issue, because I always do carry a separate eraser with me. The ferrule is very colourful and generally rather neat-looking. Both the eraser and ferrule felt very secure and not loose at all (loose erasers really annoy me - even if I don't use them).
Overall, the Dixon Tri-conderoga is not a bad pencil, but I was expecting something more from it. I was captivated by its flashy exterior and good looks and was expecting it to write better than it did, and I was disappointed. Maybe I'm being too harsh, or maybe my Tri-conderoga was just the bad one of the batch. I still think this pencil looks really awesome, and I want to like it more than I did. Give it a try. Maybe you'll have a better experience with it than I did.
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