The Kuru Toga pencil
An article on The Guardian blog came to my attention, regarding what makes the perfect pencil. The 'rotating' Kuru Toga pencil certainly ticks the 'gadget' box but there is clearly a depth of feeling against any mechanical pencil out there judging from some comments. I hadn't realised that there was such a passion for the traditional pencil. It reminds me of the 'story' of the Americans spending millions developing a pen that could write in space, whilst the Russians considered the problem, and just took a pencil with them. Apparently it's nothing more than an urban myth, but a good one nonetheless and it reminds you of the simplicity of the pencil - no working parts to go wrong.