What I really mean is new pencils from America via Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. I was searching for the perfect softest, blackest pencil that would keep a point for the maximum time, (are you following at the back). This led me to a website for pencil anoraks, which in turn lead me to a Californian supplier. Twenty days later, after being temporarily confiscated by HMC the pencils arrived! Don’t ask which supplier, because it’s a trade secret.