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Believe it or not, crayons make wonderful pocket writers. They can easily be cul down to any size, can be replaced just about anywhere for a few pennies, come in narrow and chunky sizes, last a long time and come in a rainbow of colors. If thai doesn't stir your imagination, ! don't know what will! One small word of warning here. Crayons are made of wax, so do be careful of extreme heat, or else you may have waxy build-up in your pocket (and we all know how awful waxy build up can be...}

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A small piece of chalk works great as well. Be sure to use dusiless chalk (less of a mess in the pocket). It comes in a few different colors, although it all works best on darker writing surfaces. Consider, too, that you can sand the chalk down to a rather thin piece and it can also be sharpened so varying thicknesses of line are possible. -

John Riggs mentions a cut off Sharpie® that has been sealed with epoxy in his book. 1 haven't made one of these myself, but I can only imagine what a messy Job that would be! I'll have to try it though, because this would be a powerful writer! You would still have to use the cap, though. If you decide to try this, wear rubber gloves and be very careful, Sharpie® ink doesn't come out. It's as permanent as they come!

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There are many other writing utensils that can be used. Listo® lead is great if you need a heavy line for easy visibility. You can use an actual Listo® marker or china marker cut short just like the pencils described above. Another wonderful solution for this was given to me by my dear friend, Joe Curcillo.

Joe uses F1MO® modeling clay, available at your local art supply or craft outlet. This clay can be molded and heated in your own oven to form any permanent and durable shape you need. Joe simply formed a comfortable flatly contoured holder (see diagram), and then stuck a Listo® lead in one end, making a small hole. Removing the lead, he then heated the whole thing. When it had cooled he just reinserted the lead and was ready to go. Once the lead wears down, just replace it! Easy enough to do!

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This concept also allows for some other fascinating possibilities, like multiple writers. Imagine having a thick pencil, a Listoi® lead, a narrow chalk point and a crayon all available to you with just one writing unit1 Using F1M0<© and a bit of design ingenuity, you can come up with just about any configuration you can dream of! This can save all kinds of room and pocket management problems. Simply create the device to hold your various media and place touch sensitive markers on it so you can know which writer you have purely by feel. It's a killer idea and one that lias unlimited applications arid possibilities!

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Another idea that works extremely well is a stylus writer, A stylus is simply a blunt point. It doesn't write on it's own but does work very well on a carbon or NCR envelope. To make the envelope, line the inside of the solid side of an envelope with carbon paper. Seal a slip inside the envelope and it's ready. Any writer that comes in contact with the outside of the envelope is transfened to the writing surface by the carbon paper.

The easiest way to make a stylus writer is to find a fountain pen or ball point pen that no longer works. Cut it down to the right size and use it as is. It won't leave a mark on the outside of the envelope yet the writing will be on the slip inside. The envelope itself acts as the writing desk, although you might still want to use a basic-desk to make things more solid. You want a good impression from the carbon, and the use of any desk will help.

You can also make an envelope out of one half of the two components of NCR paper. Use the other part (where the writing appears) for your slip inside the envelope. Using a stylus on the outside 'develops' the writing on the slip inside of the envelope. Be sure to back it up with a pocket desk.

One other plus with this envelope is that It is reusable. Just don't sea! it permanently and you can use it over and over until the carbon or NCR wears out.

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Any of the standard boon, nail, band, thumb and other secret writers available can be used, although candidly most all of them are better suited to their real jobs. The only one that is a real candidate for pocket writing is a writer described by Bob Cassidy which fits over the fingertip and you do the writing with one finger. This has the huge advantage that your whole hand does not go as far into the pocket as it does with some of these other methods. It is made with a fingerpick of the type used by banjo players. See Gissidy's materials for more information.

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