It’s frustrating to hear the “snap” of a pencil’s graphite tip breaking as you return it to your shop apron.

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It's frustrating to hear the "snap" of a pencil's graphite tip breaking as you return it to your shop apron. Rather than constantly resharpen broken ends, protect them with the cap from a spent ballpoint pen. Trim off the clip and slip the cap into the bottom of your apron's pencil pocket. Then, write off broken pencil tips for good!
—Serge Duclos, Delson, Que.