How many times have you been jotting down notes when out of nowhere, your pencil flies out of your hand? Countless, right? Okay, so you might not need grip dots to keep your pencil in check, but that doesn’t change the fact that these Design Pencils from Faber-Castell look mighty sharp. The graphite pencils from the revered brand feature B lead and an ergonomic triangular shape with a soft-grip zone. At 12 for $30, they aren’t the cheapest writing instruments out there, but they look better than most (and won’t spontaneously shoot from your hand).