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Re: Pencils!

Postby Munzapoppa » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:41 pm UTC

I tend to use #2's because I'm always finding them around my school.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby mandachan » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:27 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:An important question: do you fill up your mechanical pencil's internal storage with leads, or do you just pull a new lead out of a refill pack when you need one?


because i lost the eraser in my most recent pencil, i can't keep my lead inside (duh), but if there's an eraser on the end i'll keep a few in there. sure, it gets stuck sometimes but i usually don't have too many problems with it. unless it's just a crappy pencil.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby Low Caliber » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:08 am UTC

Mr. Freeman wrote:Here's a site you might want to take a look at. This guy does reviews of pretty much every single mechanical pencil out there.


ummm.... the link?

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Re: Pencils!

Postby Mr. Freeman » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:33 pm UTC

Low Caliber wrote:
Mr. Freeman wrote:Here's a site you might want to take a look at. This guy does reviews of pretty much every single mechanical pencil out there.


ummm.... the link?

SHIT. I hate it when I do that, that's about as bad as sending "Such and such is attached" without the attachment. Anyway, here's the link: http://davesmechanicalpencils.blogspot.com/ I've also updated my original post with the link as well.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:15 am UTC

Munzapoppa wrote:I tend to use #2's because I'm always finding them around my school.

I used to do that.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby MildlyUpsetGrizzlyBear » Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:58 am UTC

Pentel Graphgear 1000, .5mm.
It was $15 on amazon.
It's worth it for me to get expensive pencils cuz then I know I won't lose them.

For sketching, I use Castell 9000.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby animeHrmIne » Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:16 am UTC

I tend to try and get the cheapest reasonable-quality pencils I can, in huge amounts, because I am forever losing them.

I usually prefer mechanical pencils, because they are always sharp, and I cannot stand writing with blunt pencils. My favorites are the Bic MatiC grip 0.5mm #2, because they're really comfortable, reasonably priced, and they grip the lead much better than other types.

If I have to use other types, I prefer 0.7 mm lead, because 0.5 is much too flimsy in other pencils, but 0.9 is much too dull. My one complaint about mechanical pencils is the erasers tend to smear before they erase.

When I do use wooden pencils, I have to sharpen them constantly, because I need a needle-thin point. For general use I like either papermate mirado classic or mirado black warriors. Both have good quality wood and great erasers. They hold a point well.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby Turiski » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:17 am UTC

When I was little, I used to use 1.1 mm lead. Now I use .7 nearly exclusively for school. There was a bit of a learning curve there.

Brand preference is whatever's on sale because a box of 25 pencils isn't going to last more than a year.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby Rilian » Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:39 am UTC

I like the bic pencils that look like bic pens. Except them have erasers. And they're pencils.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby Windmill » Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:47 pm UTC

I like .5 mm mechanical pencils, especially this one I found in a study room. I've been using it and really enjoy it. Wooden pencils are fine for some things, but I prefer mechanicals overall. I have a bunch of the Zebra ones in my desk.

However, being the cheapskate I am, I primarily use the free mechanical pencils I've picked up from engineering job fairs and presentations. I have about 12-15 Fluor mechanical pencils and stacks of their Post-Its. Companies are always giving away swag; I make it my goal to never buy office supplies when I can get them for free.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby Lidwiz » Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:28 am UTC

My current favorites are a Graphgear 500, black, 0.5 mm, and an Alvin Draf-Tec Retrac, also 05.mm. The Alvin's point retracts into the body of the pencil, rendering it more pocket-friendly. I've never had trouble with lead feeds not working when I put extra lead inside a mechanical pencil.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby Chuff » Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:59 am UTC

Wooden #2 pencils. I can't stand mechanical pencils. They are all bumpy and they always break. I use the little metal pencil sharpeners you can get at staples. They are like the holy fucking grails of sharpeners. No kidding.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby CHR1110 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:10 am UTC

I honestly prefer pens over pencils, but when I do have to use the latter, I always go with a mechanical pencil with no smaller than 0.9mm lead. I have such a heavy hand. that everything else breaks. No joke.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby vookaloop » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:38 pm UTC

#3 H General's Semi-Hex

The extra hardness keeps it sharp longer, and still writes very nicely. Beats Dixon-Ticonderoga by miles, because the wood is firmer and doesn't flake off, and the lead isn't always broken throughout the pencil like dixons.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby The Happy Genius » Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:56 am UTC

My Niji Multi-Mechanical just arrived. It is a 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm pencil in one.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby Jorpho » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:16 am UTC

The Happy Genius wrote:My Niji Multi-Mechanical just arrived. It is a 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm pencil in one.
While that's pretty intriguing, the more complicated these things get, the more likely they are to break horribly, or so I suspect.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:04 am UTC

The Happy Genius wrote:My Niji Multi-Mechanical just arrived. It is a 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm pencil in one.

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I didn't know they made 0.3mm Pb for pencils, I'll have to check it out

[edit] yes, I know it's not really lead
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Re: Pencils!

Postby The Happy Genius » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:36 am UTC

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:I didn't know they made 0.3mm Pb for pencils, I'll have to check it out


I'm a huge fan of 0.3mm. I picked up a pentel A73 from the bookstore at school when I was having troubles writing Japanese on college-ruled paper. You can write so tiny, the only thing I hate about it is if you push too hard, or at the wrong angle, it can grab and tear your paper. It tears when I try to write fast when taking notes in other classes.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby Rilian » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:14 am UTC

For some reason I thought .5mm was bigger than .7mm. Maybe I was thinking of it as 1/5.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby Jupeli » Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:49 pm UTC

I use .7mm HB lead in Pentel Twist-Erase mechanical pencil. These are wonderful things, I haven't needed a separate eraser ever since I bought one of those.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby KestrelLowing » Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:40 pm UTC

I actually prefer different pencils for different applications (and I don't draw). Both of them are the standard bic mechanical pencils, just different lead diameters.

For math and calculations, I prefer .5 lead (or graphite if you want to get technical) It's cleaner and allows you to write smaller.

For writing and scribbling stuff down, .7, definitely. I've found I write too fast for .5 lead and end up breaking it too much.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby lu6cifer » Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:37 pm UTC

I just bought a pair of Pentel P205's and they're wonderful

But I'm hoping to procure the Kuru Toga pencil at some point.
It's supposed to have an auto-rotate feature that keeps the lead at the same sharpness as you write.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby tin.au » Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:36 am UTC

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Re: Pencils!

Postby Jorpho » Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:42 pm UTC

lu6cifer wrote:But I'm hoping to procure the Kuru Toga pencil at some point.
It's supposed to have an auto-rotate feature that keeps the lead at the same sharpness as you write.
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I'm sold! I only wonder about the fragility of the mechanism.

If you find a good source for these, please do post about it.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby lu6cifer » Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:16 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:
lu6cifer wrote:But I'm hoping to procure the Kuru Toga pencil at some point.
It's supposed to have an auto-rotate feature that keeps the lead at the same sharpness as you write.
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I'm sold! I only wonder about the fragility of the mechanism.

If you find a good source for these, please do post about it.


On amazon, they're about $9.10, but that's with free shipping (that is, if you're planning to buy other stuff on amazon that will put you over $25)
On JetPens, they're about $6.75, also with free shipping for purchases over $25 (link)

I have not found them at Staples, but I've heard either Office Max or Office Depot carried them at some point, so I would try those.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby mclaughlin129 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:50 am UTC

I prefer to use wooden "normal" pencils. I break the lead to easily on mechanical pencils and for some reason always screw up the mechanism which extends the lead. However, the main problem I have is that no one in the entire college I go to has a pencil sharpener except for me it seems like. So that means that at times I was forced into using a mechanical pencil until I started just using pens. Now half my notes are in pen and the other half is in pencil which makes for fun times reading them.

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Re: Pencils!

Postby lu6cifer » Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:45 am UTC

Update:

My Kuru Toga (from stationeryart.com, with shipping, it came to $7.85) came today!
The mechanism works as advertised, and I definitely feel the difference when I'm writing.

However, the eraser is subpar, and the clip is quite flimsy when moved laterally, but otherwise, it's a brilliant pencil.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby GlaucusConstantine » Thu May 06, 2010 8:06 pm UTC

I use a #2 0.7mm Bic mechanical.

Conventional wooden pencils really annoy me, not because I can't write with them, but because of the lack of a halfway decent pencil sharpener.
Grrrr.

In primary school, I had this relatively huge hand-crank pencil sharpener, which cranked flawlessly sharpened pencils, sharpened down to a point. Then I moved, and lost the pencil sharpener. Now, it is just 100% pain, when I run out of lead, have to borrow a regular pencil, attempt and totally fail to sharpen it with a handheld sharpener. :x

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Re: Pencils!

Postby uncivlengr » Thu May 06, 2010 8:17 pm UTC

If you're like me, and would prefer to use a standard 2mm pencil lead (like in wooden pencils) if it weren't for the pain of sharpening them, try a leadholder, which should be available anywhere that sells drafting supplies:

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They use full-sized, 2mm leads but function like a mechanical pencil*. I first got one in my drafting kit in first year university and used the same one through two degrees for all my notes and drawings. The Staedtler pencil above has a sharpener in the back, which you can pull off and sharpen the tip if need be, but I would usually just rotate the pencil to keep a finer point on the page, unless I was doing something that needed a really fine point.

*not exactly - you press down on the end to release the lead and then you manually adjust it, as opposed to other mechanical pencils that extend the lead a given amount. It might seem cumbersome, but since the lead is so much thicker, you have to do this a lot less frequently than with a .7 or .5 mm lead.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby Jorpho » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:20 pm UTC

I've been using 0.7 lately since I'm working in an office where they are freely available for some reason. I am rather pleased, but I think the experience could be remarkably improved with a Kuru Toga mechanism. Alas, for some reason, Kuru Togas are only available in 0.5 and 0.3! (I would think that 0.3 mm is thin enough such that it wouldn't make much of a difference, outside of highly specialized art projects.)

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Re: Pencils!

Postby Odd_nonposter » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:18 am UTC

Cheap Bic #2 0.7mm. I usually never refill them, since I burn through the eraser so fast that I can't extract it to refill the pencil (although, there is a method for refilling through the writing end, it's just difficult.) If not, they get lost. Wooden leads are too fat for my writing style, and I break .5mm too easily. Even if I wanted .5mm lead, I can't find it as easily as .7mm. Anything fat or with a grip I just can't use; my hands aren't built for fat pencils.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby Jorpho » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:31 pm UTC

Odd_nonposter wrote:Even if I wanted .5mm lead, I can't find it as easily as .7mm.
Astonishing! Perhaps there is a heavy regional variance? Where are you located?

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Re: Pencils!

Postby animeHrmIne » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:53 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:
Odd_nonposter wrote:Even if I wanted .5mm lead, I can't find it as easily as .7mm.
Astonishing! Perhaps there is a heavy regional variance? Where are you located?

Don't know where he is, but I think looking for regional variance is interesting. I'm from the Ozarks, and around here .5 and .7 are both common, with .5 being slightly less common.
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Re: Pencils!

Postby existential_squirrrel » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:37 pm UTC

I use #2 HB pencils of the mechanical variety.
0.5mm lead is too flimsy- I have a very heavy hand when I write/draw.
I gravitate toward 0.7mm or 0.9mm lead

as far as brands go, I like Pentech and Bic. I will never buy the cheap one from staples ever again because I have broken half of the box just by dropping it... :evil:
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Re: Pencils!

Postby Lioness » Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:00 pm UTC

It depends on the subject. For general writey-stuffs, I prefer an 0.5 pen.

However, for music and Japanese I prefer a mechanical pencil, either 0.5 or 0.7 - it doesn't bother me overly much.

For other writing, if no pen is available, I prefer a normal pencil. The exact type doens't bother me at all


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