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|Damage vs. small||1d2|
|Damage vs. large||1d2|
|Base price||4 zm|
A sharpened pencil is the starting "weapon" for the Graduate role in SLASHTHEM, carried over from the Geek role in NetHack-- 3.0.10 (not to be confused with the Geek role in NetHack: The Next Generation). (The Slash'EM Extended Graduate gets a spoon instead.)
As a weapon, the sharpened pencil uses the dagger skill, but only deals 1d2 damage to large and small monsters alike, making it inferior to a real dagger. Its redeeming quality is that it can be used to engrave without getting dull, making it a kind of poor hacker's athame. This means that Graduates can reliably engrave Elbereth from the start of their game. Even after they find a better weapon, they may wish to keep the pencil as an engraving tool, fireproofing it if desired.
- NetHack-- 3.0.10 objects.c line 200
- SLASHTHEM u_init.c line 265