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I often find when Geocaching ordinary pencils don't seem to leave much of a mark at all, especially if the log is wet, and especially on the smaller logs pens are difficult to "get going" without a firm surface. Is there a better alternative I can use?

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Fisher space pen perhaps? – Mr.Wizard Dec 6 '12 at 20:03
Chinagraph pencils! – Rory Alsop Dec 7 '12 at 0:05
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I often find a "soft" pencil, say 2B does the job much better than HB. Don't go too soft because then it'll be easy to turn into a smudgy mess, but as a general rule I find a pencil a bit softer than the norm works rather well.

Alternatively, if you prefer pen then breathing on a Biro to warm it before writing can often help get it going much more easily, especially in cooler weather.

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I carry a red Pilot G-2 with me at all times. Never know when you will find a nearby cache and I've made red my signature color.

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