Penco Prime Timber 2.0

30 06 2017

Really need to get out my scanner. Sorry kids, today is once again not going to be the day I do that


Was at Parker & Otis, shopping for some overpriced edible hipster goods, as I am wont to do, when I spotted a writing utensil just screaming to be impulse purchased. A quick look online told me that this little lead holder was not actually overpriced, unlike the artisanal  nut butter that cost three dollars more than what it would have at Whole Foods. Unfortunately for my wallet, I bought them both.

The nut butter was a gift, and is therefore exempt from judgment


The look of the Prime Timber 2.0 is appealingly retro, though I personally only felt the appeal of the mint model (just wasn’t feeling the yellow and red, or the orange and blue, etc.). The packaging has design elements of wood and some pleasing, nearly-spot-on English phrases extolling the virtue of the wooden pencil.

Needs to get a stash of these for delivering bad news. It softens impact, says so right there!


The body feels and smells exactly like a wooden pencil, as well it should. The weight isn’t noticeably different with its interior non-wooden components needed to hold and advance the lead. The lead-advancement knock is satisfying, and nothing is in anyway loose or off about it.

This is not a lead holder. Do not confuse yourselves as I did


The Prime Timber 2.0 comes with a separate lead sharpener (which I generally prefer to lead holders that include no lead sharpening mechanism whatsoever). Having the lead sharpener be part of the lead holder itself is more convenient, but typically more messy. It is nice having the lead sharpener in its own little contained unit that will gather the lead shavings, rather than casting them to the wind (not that I would ever do such a thing). The plastic seems sturdy. Time will tell.

Now to take a little side trip to problem town


My two main quibbles with the Prime Timber 2.0 are as follows. The lesser of the two evils is that I’m already seeing wear and tear in the form of paint chipping from the edges of the wooden body. I’ve only had this thing a day and a half. I generally think of wooden pencils as something that doesn’t need to be carried around in protective housing, so I would expect a pencil-based wooden lead holder to be no different. The major evil is how uncomfortable the wooden edges of the body are where it meets the nose cone.

I fixed it, but at what aesthetic cost?


On a regular wooden pencil, you wouldn’t have these sharp edges on the writing end. Luckily this is wood, not adamantium, so it’s pretty easy to sand down yourself, but it seems like an important detail that should not have been overlooked.

Get yours wherever* expensive nut butters are sold! *maybe


Overall it’s a charming, solidly-built lead holder whose biggest functional issue is easily fixed. You get to feel like you’re drawing or writing with a regular wooden pencil while enjoying the advantages of a mechanical pencil. Like most lead holders it’s bring your own eraser (would be great to see a matching Prime Timber eraser holder). If it ends up breaking in half in the next year, I will probably feel differently, but for now I’m happy with the purchase.