Expanding a clipping mask?


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Hi Everyone!
Was looking for some help solving an issue i’m running into. What I have is a pencil that is made up of a clipping mask. When I expand the shape and merge it, it looks all messed up. I’m trying to merge it so I can divide it.
The top pencil is before expand and merge. The bottom pencil is after.

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