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Ah, I recognize many of those pencils, either by brand name or the distinctive design. I always wondered about the traditions of naming pencils with exotic titles like "Templar 777," "Empire," or "Navigator." It seems so important for such a mundane instrument. But what I liked best is the occasional point sharpened by a knife.

I must have a hundred or so mixed pencils like that too. I recently cleaned out my mom's house after she died, I acquired about a hundred more, and a huge bag of maybe a hundred colored pencils. I kept a few of the best, and donated the rest (with a lot of misc art supplies) to the local school district. Let the cycle of squirreled-away pencils begin anew!

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