Gunther has already shown us that the rubbery skin of the Wopex can be peeled off. Now, I always admire how his curiosity can lead to some truly innovative experiments involving pencils, but so far had not felt any need to duplicate the results – until yesterday, when I was turning my pencils tins upside down for some spring cleaning and I found that my Wopexes had accumulated quite a lot of dust and grime, which was difficult to rub off. That, combined with the fact that I had always thought of them as rather heavy, made me take a knife to it. Just to see what happened.
I rather like the more “natural” feel of the bare-skinned Wopex. It’s lighter too, although still not as light as other pencils. Staedtler, do you really have to rubber-coat this pencil? Why not market them nice and raw, like this?
Don’t try this too often. The skin doesn’t come off that easily and you need to pull quite hard. But if you must, use a stub, and for God’s sake turn the pencil point away from you when you pull!