Six Mile Pencil Review

Six Mile Pencil review

The Six Mile Pencil is the result of a Kickstarter campaign by brothers Mat and Ben Lyon. They’re available for £8 (about $12) for a pack of four pencils and a little notebook. It’s available in a 10 km version for you continental types.

Six Mile Pencil sharpening

It’s a lovely idea, tracking your thoughts, your writing, your drawings and ideas by the mile. Of course, who knows, really, how far your pencil has written. The mathematician in me finds this uncertainty troublesome but my artistic side is prepared to let it go. Just.

Six Mile Pencil tip with 3 miles

As you use the pencil, the marks along the side show you how many miles you’ve written. (Allegedly.)

Six Mile Pencil with box

The pencil is made in England by Chambers Pencils, a family business that’s been making pencils for over 90 years.

Six Mile Pencil tip

Unfortunately the idea is better than the pencil. I’m not sure of the wood but it’s a little too soft and it doesn’t sharpen overly well. The lead is quite scratchy. The paint is thin.

Six Mile Pencil box

The packaging is quite neat. It comes in a lovely bright yellow box with a long slim notebook that lives inside.

Six Mile Pencil Let Your Thoughts Travel

The Six Mile Pencil is of the quality you would find in a gift shop. It isn’t a total disaster but it’s definitely not great. The idea is a fun one but I’m going to struggle to get to six miles when there are so many better pencils in the world.

Six Mile Pencil Handwritten review


  1. Thank you for your review. I have been a backer too and was happy to receive two continental sets but like you I was disappointed by the quality of the pencil. Now they are tucked away in a drawer …

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