I ran across the stub of a pencil today. It was just about an inch long and for all practical purposes, useless. We have an electric pencil sharpener that we’ve used for about 30 years. Poke a pencil in and it’s made good to go. But when a pencil gets too short, you can only grip it with fingertips. What you end up with is only usable with fingertips.
I have a proposal: Eliminate the top one inch of all pencils. The manufacturer could save a ton of “lead” and a whole forest of trees if this simple action is adopted. Here is a picture of my proposed no-waste pencil.