I love the feel of tools that have been used by another artist. I imagine a little of that artist's “intention" is left or imprinted on the pencil or brush and those bits of energy can be aggregated to my own. My uncle Joe, dad's oldest brother, was a huge influence on my dad chosing a career as an artist. His own lore is very mysterious because little is known about him, but my dad did save almost everything and luckily I am now able to appreciate them.
My uncle Joe LaBella, was a successful draftsman and illustrator.