Best Pencils for School

It might be the most traditional and timeless of all school supplies


October 14, 2021
Buy plenty of pencils for the home, office and school. Unsplash

The most practical and elegant designs are often the simplest. This is certainly true when it comes to the convenience of the pencil. Gone are the days of dusty white chalk and blackboards, or reaching for the tedious fountain pen and ink well when you need to write something down.

TICONDEROGA Pencils, Wood-Cased, Unsharpened, Graphite #2 HB Soft, Yellow, 96-Pack (13872)

A lot of writing

They’ve been manufacturing these functional and reliable models for more than 100 years. TICONDEROGA

Ninety-six pencils worth of sturdy, smooth performance are contained in this Ticonderoga pack. If you asked someone to show you a picture of a pencil, they’d be hard-pressed to find a better example than the classic yellow #2. And what better example than from the company who invented it. This is the iconic yellow pencil that we’ve used successfully forever. And by incorporating sustainable practices with responsibly managed forests, Ticonderogas will continue to be a solid example of form and performance for years to come.

Buy: TICONDEROGA Pencils, Wood-Cased, Unsharpened

Amazon Basics Woodcased #2 Pencils, Pre-sharpened, HB Lead - Box of 150, Bulk Box

Make your mark

The lead is soft enough to allow smooth motion but heavy enough to provide clear readability. Amazon Basics

As long as students take tests, pencils with a good eraser are a necessity. Many a Scantron sheet has fallen prey to an incorrect answer that wasn’t quite completely erased. These pencils from Amazon Basics come pre-sharpened, so they’re ready to use right out of the box – a handy timesaver that you’ll appreciate when you go to use them. And the soft eraser ensures that any mistakes are easily removed. Because we all make them. Take that, Scantron tests.

Buy: Amazon Basics Woodcased #2 Pencils

Arteza HB Pencils #2, Pack of 180, Wood-Cased Graphite Pencils in Bulk, Pre-Sharpened, with Latex-Free Erasers, Office & School Supplies for Exams and Classrooms

Plenty to spare

At this large quantity, you can keep some at school, at home, in your office, and in the glove box of your vehicle. Arteza

This 180-pack won’t smear your multitasking plans. There’s the right tool for the job and this is it. These artist-designed pencils are a good tool for seamlessly moving from a morning form drawing class into that afternoon math test. The hard lead ensures there won’t be any smears or smudges, and the hexagonal shape, along with a soft satin-matte finish, feels right at home in your hand. These come pre-sharpened, so no matter the job, you’ll be prepared for anything.


Buy: Arteza HB Pencils #2, Pack of 180

Wood-Cased #2 HB Pencils, Yellow, Pre-sharpened, Class Pack, 320 pencils

Cover your bases

Strong and break-resistant with a graphite lead that works well for drawing, sketching or writing, these will go with you from semester to semester. Madisi

This pack of 320 pre-sharpened pencils has got your needs covered. The many demands of school or work – or both at the same time – can be overwhelming. Here’s one less thing to worry about. Students and teachers alike can rest easier with this bulk pack of pencils, all pre-sharpened and ready when you need them. Teachers, did your student forget their pencils? Does a classmate need to borrow one? Is a co-worker always taking yours? Whatever the scenario, you’ll be fully stocked.

Buy: Wood-Cased #2 HB Pencils


Mary O’Connell is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Mary loves the beach and mountains, and all the accoutrements that come with them.


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