Not long ago, I bid on a bunch of pencils in an online auction hoping that this would be what I thought it was:
And it was . . . mostly. Yes, it is a Craig, one of Sheaffer's subbrands and scarce as hen's teeth to come by, but when I cut off the large, gawky eraser that someone had stuck on the top of it I found . . . nothing:
The top is missing. No worries as far as I was concerned, as I hadn't seen one in black and pearl before and so I wasn't about to return the item. I just figured I'd wait and pounce on one of the more common (less uncommon) plain black Craigs when one came along, then swap over the top.
A few weeks later I appeared to get my chance -- a black one popped up in an online auction, I bid, and no one else did. For a measly couple of bucks, my donor pencil was on its way, and for what I paid, I wouldn't even feel guilty parting out a perfectly good pencil. Or would I . . .
I can count on one hand the times I've been disappointed that a pencil was a little bit different from the one I had in my collection, and this is one of them! Of course, it did match another pencil that I had:
But again, only almost . . .
"Univer," another Sheaffer subbrand. Oh well, at least next time I find a black Craig, it's a little less likely to be different from what I've got on hand!