Like having breakfast for dinner, staying up as late as you want, and eating all your Halloween candy on October 31, writing with jumbo pencils is one of those childhood dreams that I have come to enjoy as an adult. Jumbo pencils have many virtues: they're indestructible, they're fun to look at, and their thicker wood casing allows for a more comfortable grip. And while many jumbo pencils come with child-oriented designs and lackluster graphite qualities, there are a number of lovely jumbo pencils for adults too. The following options have made their way into my regular pencil rotation.
Caran d'Ache Black Wood Jumbo HB - The most obviously adult of the pencils on this list, the Black Wood is one of my all-time favorite writing instruments. It's the jumbo black dress of pencils. Use it to write love letters, PhD dissertations, and the grocery list for that elaborate dinner party you've been planning.
Faber-Castell 9000 Jumbo HB - This is the big version of the regular Faber-Castell 9000 HB, but if you think size doesn't matter, you're wrong. Call me crazy, but I like how this one writes more than the standard-sized 9000--it's smoother, I swear. This classic hunter green jumbo has great point retention and lays down a satisfyingly crisp line. I use it to pad my to-do list with tasks I've already completed. Check, check, check!
Rollo XL Mini Jumbo Pencil HB - Who knew there was a Danish modern jumbo pencil? The geniuses at Viking. This natural-finish pencil is great for long-haul writing sessions and will fit right in on your Svend Madsen desk. I reach for this when cranking out pages of my novel-in-progress.
Valgblyant Jumbo Election Pencil - I know. There are two Vikings on this list, but they make such wonderful jumbo pencils! It's a buttery soft pencil that the Danish use on election day--the hole is used to tie it to a polling booth. Even if you don't live in a polling center, this pencil still comes in handy for sketching a short notes. If you've gotten an order note from me recently, chances are I wrote it with this pencil.
Try-Rex Jumbo Pencil - This looks the most childish of the jumbos on this list, but it's also one of my favorites. First of all, the name (coined by Richard Best, triangular pencil innovator) reminds me of a dinosaur. Second of all, it provides a smooth writing experience and pretty great point retention. I smile every time I take it out of my pencil case.
By the way, want to get a great point on your jumbo pencils? The brass double hole and Duroplast sharpeners are good on-the-go options. I use the Caran d'Ache Sharpening Machine at home for an extra-long jumbo point.