There is a little urban legend that when the Americans went to space they invested $1M to create a space pen whereas the Soviets used pencils, because simplicity is best!
Apart from the fallacy of the premise because sharpening a carbon based pencil within very sensitive electrical equipment is more or less a recipe for disaster, there is another very important reason why I do not buy the simplicity clause.
The Americans and through immigration to the USA the whole world, are dreamers. They dreamt of a new frontier to explore, new science to be imagined and new technology to be had. On the other hand the Soviet mentality has never been the exploration of new frontiers. It has been the establishment of a new world order via a degenerative downward spiral to cave dwelling times. That is why it was the troglodytes’ pencil vs the spacemen’s pen.