'Utterly lolling at the pencil pitch' - Dragon's Den inventor of pint-sized pencils is slammed by viewers
Last night’s series opener of BBC Dragon’s Den proved a hit with viewers.
The millionaire Dragons were asked to ponder the investment opportunity in pint-sized pencils, over-sized beanbags, and a boot-cleaning device invented by a 15 year-old football fan.
Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Sarah Willingham and Nick Jenkins took their seats to meet a fresh batch of hopeful entrepreneurs.
And none delighted, or baffled, the show’s fans more than the inventor of the small pencil.
Selling his invention, Write Size, Managing Director Ross Williams and Operations Manager Surlender Pendress said the product would make it easier for children to learn how to write.
The pencils have been developed, to scale, for children aged two to 10+.
Mr Ross described his experience on the programme as "a real eye opener".
"We have taken the feedback on board. We are approaching a very exciting time with the product and brand. Who knows where this will lead us.”
But viewers, savvy to the age-old invention known as the pencil sharpener, were left feeling utterly perplexed...
“Boy I sure wish this pencil was smaller,” said nobody.— Aaron Sutton (@furryfruit) July 24, 2016
Utterly lolling at the dragon’s den Partridge Pencil pitch— Ben Brignell (@benbrignell) July 24, 2016
Need a smaller pencil kids? Snap one in half, problem solved #dragonsden— Scott (@Chicaned02) July 24, 2016
You get a smaller pencil when you sharpen it #dragonsden— Elliot Firth (@esfirth) July 24, 2016
Don't understand that pencil business, yes sell smaller pens but smaller pencils? What happens when you sharpen them...— Callum Willis (@callumwillis23) July 24, 2016
BUT YOU SHARPEN A PENCIL AND THE PENCIL GETS SMALLER ANYWAY no idea why anyone would buy #dragonsden— Abbie Mullen (@abbiemullen) July 24, 2016
What the inventor of the small pencil forgets, is you sharpen a pencil. Then making it smaller.... #dragonsden— Nathan Spillings (@NathanSpillings) July 24, 2016
Wait, this guy has invented the SMALLER PENCIL?— Brian Harris (@harrisimo) July 24, 2016
Give him all the money. Now.#dragonsden
There's a guy on Dragon's Den trying to pitch smaller pencils for children. Pencils naturally get smaller over time my man!— Seán O'Reilly (@SeanieBlahBlah) July 24, 2016