One cannot help but feel the pain of Walton Day, who in his 1894 monograph The History of a Lead Pencil (published by the Jos. Dixon Crucible Company), recounts the loss of a single unsharpened pencil during his youth.
Not just any pencil mind you, but one of the better grade. Scarlet Fever? Consumption? No. He’s lost his pencil…
The good news is Walton seems to have recovered quite quickly, singing the praises of Joseph Dixon pencils throughout the fifteen pages that follow.
This is even more traumatic than the time I lost the eraser cap from a Pentel.
Also reminiscent of a recent Fed Ex commercial with a stuffed animal left behind.
+1 for “jack-knives.”