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Forum topic by Slacker posted 04-30-2008 02:33 PM 1296 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2008 02:33 PM

I have this problem with disappearing pencils in the workshop, but alas, this might be a thing of the past with this little gizmo I got in the orange big box store… Will it work? Will the disappearing pencil be a part of my past?

Pencil holder

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#1 posted 04-30-2008 02:39 PM

Make sure you or anyone else in the shop has their safety glasses on when you let the pencil go. Please write up a review, all of us will be waiting.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#2 posted 04-30-2008 02:48 PM

I’ve got one of these and it works fairly well, IF i remember to use it. LOL

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 04-30-2008 03:02 PM

Watch out for the rubber cup separating from the end of the pencil. That sucker will snap you for sure.

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#4 posted 04-30-2008 04:03 PM

This is interesting. A review of this would be nice to see.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-30-2008 05:15 PM

Yeah, this is going to be interesting, let us know how it works.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#6 posted 04-30-2008 06:03 PM

Keep us posted.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-30-2008 06:11 PM

How much tension does it pull on the pencil with? I’ve seen these before, but was afraid I would misplace IT!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#8 posted 05-01-2008 03:53 AM

Today I attached a brand new, sharpened pencil to the pencil tool. It works, and I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!
Pencil in the pencil holder

Next, I examined my tool belt. Someone mentioned that the retractable pull might endanger my baby blues, so I looked further down and figured on the tool belt. It has a metal clip that I suppose is used to hold the measuring tape, but I prefer to put the tape on the front pouch (like Norm), so I figured the clip would hold the pencil holder… it does!
Pencil holder on tool belt

More on my examination of this simple but potentially valuable tool later…

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#9 posted 05-01-2008 01:42 PM

Just wait until you are climbing up a ladder or catch the pencil on something else and extend the pencil retriever to it’s max then it lets loose and snaps you in the teeth or someplace worse!! Then you will not think it is such a handy tool.

I had one and I tossed it after getting ‘snapped’ one too many times! But, I used to clip it on my shirt pocket.

-- Jim

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#10 posted 05-04-2008 06:14 AM

One last update… I have decided that I will be more disciplined with my pencils. That gizmo looked good in the store, but the first time I pulled the pencil, the pencil holder came right along with it.

Another $1.99 down the toilet…

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#11 posted 05-04-2008 06:26 AM

My son wanted one and I thought I’d get one for myself. then i saw the price and i decided to buy a dozen pencils instead.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 05-04-2008 08:56 AM

It’s a shame that thing didn’t work. I thought it would be a cure for the pencil in the apron that I stab myself with when I turn the wrong way.

-- Ron, Bakersfield, CA. Measure twice, cut twice anyway.

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