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Title: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: kosmo on March 22, 2015, 02:58:15 AM
I've been using mechanical pencils on a daily basis since taking classes in manual drafting many, many years ago.  The best mechanical pencil I've used has been a Pentel P209 0.9mm.  I've been using them for years and haven't had one break on me yet, although I've lost a few.  I've tried the cheap copies made by OfficeMax, but they typically break eventually.  What mechanical pencils do you use?  How well do they hold up?  What lead size do you prefer?

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/44/91/18/4491180e3959d844fbe04923fc712add.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Kampfer on March 22, 2015, 08:00:14 AM
I used lots 0.3mm & 0.5mm lead in my manual drafting class, since then I never touch pencil again.
Use tons highlighters in my early stage of my career and now everything I do is paperless.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: detron on March 22, 2015, 08:17:59 AM
I love These (http://www.pentel.com/imprint/quicker-clicker-automatic-pencil/)

but I liked them better when they first came out and did not have the rubber grip as seen here (http://www.pentel.com/store/quicker-clicker-mechanical-pencil-original-config)


I tend to use .5mm but certain tasks I use .7 and .9
Title: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: mrynnr on March 22, 2015, 08:50:34 AM
I love These (http://www.pentel.com/imprint/quicker-clicker-automatic-pencil/)

but I liked them better when they first came out and did not have the rubber grip as seen here (http://www.pentel.com/store/quicker-clicker-mechanical-pencil-original-config)


I tend to use .5mm but certain tasks I use .7 and .9
for a little bit you used to be able to buy them online. Guess they stopped :(
http://www.pentel.com/store/quicker-clicker-mechanical-pencil-original-config

I personally like these...
http://www.pentel.com/store/sharp-kerry-mechanical-pencil
And these
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004OHNTVC/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/190-2703215-3384401
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: detron on March 22, 2015, 08:53:19 AM

I love These (http://www.pentel.com/imprint/quicker-clicker-automatic-pencil/)

but I liked them better when they first came out and did not have the rubber grip as seen here (http://www.pentel.com/store/quicker-clicker-mechanical-pencil-original-config)


I tend to use .5mm but certain tasks I use .7 and .9
for a little bit you used to be able to buy them online. Guess they stopped :(
http://www.pentel.com/store/quicker-clicker-mechanical-pencil-original-config


yep,  sucks.

oh well, I will keep my eye open for some.  I see them on Amazon for $38.00   :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: mrynnr on March 22, 2015, 08:54:26 AM


I love These (http://www.pentel.com/imprint/quicker-clicker-automatic-pencil/)

but I liked them better when they first came out and did not have the rubber grip as seen here (http://www.pentel.com/store/quicker-clicker-mechanical-pencil-original-config)


I tend to use .5mm but certain tasks I use .7 and .9
for a little bit you used to be able to buy them online. Guess they stopped :(
http://www.pentel.com/store/quicker-clicker-mechanical-pencil-original-config (http://www.pentel.com/store/quicker-clicker-mechanical-pencil-original-config)


yep,  sucks.

oh well, I will keep my eye open for some.  I see them on Amazon for $38.00   :facepalm:
:ahhh
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: enki_ck on March 22, 2015, 02:06:51 PM
My two favorite are Pentel Graphgear 1000 and Faber Castell Grip 1347.

http://davesmechanicalpencils.blogspot.com/2006/12/pentel-graphgear-1000-pg1015-mechanical.html

http://www.faber-castell.com/products/pencils/MechanicalpencilGRIP134707mmgreenmetallic/134763

I used to go through several Rotring Tikkis a year due to the tip bending ::) but they were OK pencils too.


Also Dave's blog is a must for all mechanical pencil lovers. ;)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: sawman on March 22, 2015, 02:27:55 PM
Funilly enough, I also have used the P209 for over 20 years and think its the best pencil money can buy.

:cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Smashie on March 22, 2015, 07:19:55 PM
Another fan of the P200's as well. The 205 is missing from this photo because I like the graph gear 1000's. I've probably got about 12 Pentel pencils scattered about.

The cross is one of the older ones when they seemed to have been made better

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/22/5b8b97255dd540aaff8b76171888e8ce.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: kosmo on March 22, 2015, 08:38:32 PM
Another fan of the P200's as well. The 205 is missing from this photo because I like the graph gear 1000's. I've probably got about 12 Pentel pencils scattered about.

The cross is one of the older ones when they seemed to have been made better

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/22/5b8b97255dd540aaff8b76171888e8ce.jpg)

I can remember the chrome Cross pens and pencils being very popular for decades. They always felt to slippery for me.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Smashie on March 22, 2015, 08:54:04 PM
Yes they can be slippery, but to be fair that's a pencil I carry in a suit pocket along with a fountain pen so it doesn't get serious use. More for show really  :rofl:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: hiraethus on March 22, 2015, 09:07:11 PM
I like 0.7mm leads - F is my favourite, but H is ok.  Like the P207 but I keep it in my pocket at work and keep bending the tip so normally go for ones with retractable tubes.  I've got a Rotring Rapid Pro which is pleasingly heavy, but the most comfortable pencil I own is a Faber Castell Grip - just seems to fit me really nicely.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Smashie on March 22, 2015, 09:13:29 PM
I like 0.7mm leads - F is my favourite, but H is ok.  Like the P207 but I keep it in my pocket at work and keep bending the tip so normally go for ones with retractable tubes.  I've got a Rotring Rapid Pro which is pleasingly heavy, but the most comfortable pencil I own is a Faber Castell Grip - just seems to fit me really nicely.

That's why I like the graphgears, retractable tube and lower cost than the rotrings. But no noticeable drop in quality
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: kosmo on March 22, 2015, 09:35:21 PM
I'm always breaking lead on anything smaller than the 0.9mm, so I stick with 0.9mm unless I specifically need something smaller.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Craiger on March 27, 2015, 07:43:53 AM
I use mechanical pencils at work and home, mostly for sketching concepts and notes at work, and sketching for fun at home. I used to be all .7mm but found myself switching to .9mm after using a pencil for some home and work projects and enjoying the stouter lead and always sharp looking cut marks. (Never had much fun sharpening carpenters pencils).

I have a quiver of pencils at work, Pentel being my favorite brand, and I rotate thru the week, like a true pencil nerd. My personal findings over the years:

Graphgear 1000: The pencil I want to love, but can't. Not well balanced and the rubber grips amongst the knurling is too slick for me. I wish it was all knurl and no rubber. My worst writing and sketching pencil; just doesn't feel natural, but sure is cool looking.

Graphgear 500: Very secure grip and comfortable (for short to medium sessions). I hate that the pocket clip can slide completely off. That, and the non-retractable tip make it desk-bound and not suitable to travel. Overall a very nice pencil though.

Pentel P209: The balance and feel of this pencil is remarkable, as is the almost cultish-following and positive reviews concerning durability etc. A true winner that I'm excited to use every time it comes thru the rotation.

Pentel Twist Erase Click: I like the clear orange barrel and LOVE the big, clean, always-ready eraser. Very comfortable for long periods of writing and drawing. Can't use it with dirty hands or in the shop; the rubber grip gets nasty, quick.

Bic Velocity: I like the retractable tip and the comfortable grip. I also feel no sentiment for them, so they are my sacrificial pencils. Staged in the truck, garage, toolboxes etc. But I also have one I rotate thru at my work desk. Feels like I could write an essay with it; very comfortable.

Unishift Pipe Lock: I bought this with the intention of EDC and did so for awhile. Then the paint starting wearing on the plastic barrel and the pocket clip got tweaked. I like the unique look, knurling, and retraction/locking mechanism, but hate the eraser and the cheap paint job. I still enjoy using it though.

Pentel Twist Erase Express: Another clear/orange barreled pencil with a hefty eraser. I sketch with this one at home. Not a fancy pencil, but very comfortable to sketch with. The barrel comes off way too easy and the tip doesn't retract, so forget about taking it anywhere.

Pentel Twist Erase GT (.7mm): Finally, a Pentel with a jumbo eraser -and- a retractable tip for EDC. Initially I was really stoked on this pencil, but they never made it in .9mm and I found the "accordian style" rubber grip attracted all sorts of dirt and pocket lint. But, having just fiddled with it during this writing, I have decided to take it to work tomorrow for old-times sake.



Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Corwyn on March 27, 2015, 10:38:02 AM
My TRusty Rotring Tikky 0.5:

(http://image.rakuten.co.jp/atn/cabinet/rotring/rotring-181.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Steinar on March 27, 2015, 10:57:48 AM
I'm a weirdo who prefer wooden pencils and lead holders. Most of the time I use a short lead holder from Koh-I-Noor. https://rsvp-berlin.de/en/online-shop/46/kohinoor/1185/Koh-I-Noor-mechanical-pencil-short Excellent for having with my note book.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on March 27, 2015, 12:47:58 PM
Wow they still  have mechanical drafting? I thought they stopped that along time ago. I took 7yrs of that/blueprint class back in the day. I always used a small one, like 0.3-0.5mm, anything bigger left too fat of a line, i think i still have one of my old pencils, i always liked one with a knurled grip.
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: kosmo on March 27, 2015, 01:26:20 PM
There was a heavy duty mechanical pencil I used at one time.  It was a draftsman's pencil.  Fairly heavy, all metal and holding the lead like a collet, the lead was advanced by spring cap in the rear.  You had to place the tip against your finger to prevent the lead from falling out.  Anyone know what that might have been?
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Steinar on March 27, 2015, 01:31:16 PM
There was a heavy duty mechanical pencil I used at one time.  It was a draftsman's pencil.  Fairly heavy, all metal and holding the lead like a collet, the lead was advanced by spring cap in the rear.  You had to place the tip against your finger to prevent the lead from falling out.  Anyone know what that might have been?

Do you remember the thickness of the lead? By your description of the mechanism, I wonder if it was a lead holder. Perhaps you can find it on http://leadholder.com/ ?
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on March 27, 2015, 01:34:29 PM
Wish I had one of these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpuOSaB5jcU


I have some old Rotring Tikky

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/4sEAAOSwqu9VCzzG/s-l500.jpg)

and an old Pentel

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/emgAAOSwPhdVBato/s-l500.jpg)
 
and a couple of old Caran D'Ache (love these!)

(http://www.skripta-paris.com/7826-13772-large/clutch-pencil-caran-dache-fixpencil-grip-2-mm-black-blue.jpg)

(The pics are not from my pencils but the models are the same)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: firiki on March 27, 2015, 01:42:24 PM
I swear by these: Faber Castell TK 4600 (lead holder). I love how balanced it is! It's for drawing mainly, there's a version of it for writting but I prefer the weight on this one better. My handwritting can be very artistic sometimes anyway :whistle:

(http://www.faber-castell.de/~/media/Products/Product%20Repository/TK%204600%20Clutch%20pencil/24-24-03%20Mechanical%20pencil/134600%20Clutch%20pencil%20TK%204600%202mm/Images/134600_1.ashx?bc=White&h=600&w=600)

I also use a Rotring Tikky, 1mm lead, it's OK but I'm not crazy about it. I liked some Pentels I borrowed in the past but I had a feeling they weren't quite solid ???

Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on March 27, 2015, 01:56:43 PM
I had a lead holder too, I think this one.
JR
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/mrssabrina/cc28dbb69a4c287569717e4086a0be6f_zpsggzrun8j.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: kosmo on March 27, 2015, 02:11:07 PM
There was a heavy duty mechanical pencil I used at one time.  It was a draftsman's pencil.  Fairly heavy, all metal and holding the lead like a collet, the lead was advanced by spring cap in the rear.  You had to place the tip against your finger to prevent the lead from falling out.  Anyone know what that might have been?

Do you remember the thickness of the lead? By your description of the mechanism, I wonder if it was a lead holder. Perhaps you can find it on http://leadholder.com/ ?

I completely forgot about them being referred to as lead holders.  That's what it was.  Now this is jarring my memory from my first drafting class from high school, so long ago.  There were a variety of lead sizes.  I always gravitated to the thicker lead for non-drafting purposes.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: kosmo on March 27, 2015, 02:13:14 PM
I had a lead holder too, I think this one.
JR
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/mrssabrina/cc28dbb69a4c287569717e4086a0be6f_zpsggzrun8j.jpg)

Mine may have, very well been a Staedtler.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on March 27, 2015, 02:17:01 PM
I had a lead holder too, I think this one.
JR
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/mrssabrina/cc28dbb69a4c287569717e4086a0be6f_zpsggzrun8j.jpg)

Mine may have, very well been a Staedtler.
I had so many diff ones, but we're talking over 15yrs ago! Lol
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: NutSAK on March 27, 2015, 09:05:20 PM
Here's the Pentel I've been using at work for years.  I would prefer .7mm, but I haven't been able to lose or break this one, so I keep using it.  ;)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15657518/Photo%20hosting/2015-03-27%2014.59.00.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: AlephZero on April 04, 2015, 08:32:59 AM
Been using this one for close to 20 years, and just found out it's considered vintage and sells on eBay for $35  :o


(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/20150404_092502.jpg)

Staedtler Micrograph F 770

 :)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: hiraethus on April 16, 2015, 04:29:07 PM
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8767/16981480759_f482752a68_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rSAwB2)
A little bundle of stuff arrived today, including an OHTO Cute 0.5mm mechanical pencil.  About 10mm shorter than a P207 with a retractable tip this should make a nice pocket pencil.  Feels quite nice in the hand - it's got a metal barrel -  though may be a little small in diameter.  Only a couple of quid too, so no big deal if it's no good.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: kosmo on April 16, 2015, 05:25:29 PM
I just came across an old Staedtler #77505 0.5mm that I've had since my hand drafting days.  It looks to be designed much like the Pental.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Lynn LeFey on May 13, 2015, 12:03:31 AM
Pentel Quicker Clicker for me as well. I love them. I've also used them so long that I have a collection of spare parts. The old ones didn't have a rubber grip, and would last forever... unless you did something stupid to break them, like stick one in a back pocket then sit on a metal bar. Don't ask.

The NEW ones have a rubber grip bit that eventually goes gummy and disintegrates. 'Eventually' meaning after like 9-10 years. Not 'junk', but smurfs me off nonetheless.

.5 mm HB lead preferred, unless I'm doing something where I need the lines more visible, then I'll go to a softer lead.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on May 13, 2015, 01:29:43 AM
I forgot all about this one, this thing is a MONSTER! I put a sak farmer next to it for a size comparison..
JR
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/mrssabrina/45f47213df9035375e8ce88acc2c9c06_zpsqh3gmjiq.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on August 29, 2018, 05:20:39 PM
I bought three Rotrings yesterday:

(https://img01-olxpt.akamaized.net/img-olxpt/947917567_1_1000x700_conjunto-3-lapiseiras-rotring-tikky-ii-035-05-07-lisboa.jpg)

Still have to try them out and find out which one I like the best. The only difference is the thickness and hardness of the lead.

When I got home, I went looking for my old mechanical pencils. I found two I particularly like and use a lot: Staedtler graphite 779 and Fegol L175.

Data on the Staedtler:
https://www.staedtler.com/intl/en/products/pencils-and-accessories/mechanical-pencils-and-lead-holders/graphite-779-mechanical-pencil-m779/
(https://e.staedtlercdn.com/product-images/_processed_/1/2/csm_2099981_Productpicture_2615b8cdc8.jpeg)

Data on the Fegol:
Download catalog at http://www.fegol.net
(https://forum.multitool.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=58299.0;attach=390163;image)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on August 29, 2018, 05:38:30 PM
So, Fegol vs. Staedtler!

Not that there's really any comparison between them, but...

Fegol seems lighter and less sturdy/resistant than the Staedtler.

Fegol is all made of plastic, Staedtler has metal clip, push-button and tip.

Both have retractable lead sleeves, which is good for avoiding pocket punctures and also protects the lead sleeve, in case you let the pencil fall.

Staedtler has an added feature: Lead sleeve slides back while writing - additional lead protection (like the bottle opener on Wenger SAKs).

They both have different lead thicknesses: Staedtler .5 - .7, Fegol .5 - .7 - .9


Fegol is a portuguese brand of office supplies, Staedtler a german brand of writing utensils.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on August 29, 2018, 05:46:00 PM
Staedtler has a plastic cap inside the button to hold the eraser and to prevent the extra leads to fall. Fegol only has the eraser.

The button on the Fegol has some holes, to avoid possible suffocation if swallowed, the Staedtler doesn't.

They end up being very similar, I like writing with either of them. I do prefer the Staedtler but keep it at home. I carry the Fegol occasionally and even leave it at work sometimes, because I'm not so worried I might lose it.

 8) 8)

Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on August 29, 2018, 05:49:23 PM
Hope you enjoyed this face-off and it helps you, when deciding on what mechanical pencil to get next.

 :hatsoff: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: GrandpaPatch on November 02, 2018, 06:48:21 AM
While I like the concept and challenge of "Using the same pen for 30 days", I use pencil. Mechanical, Rite In The Rain, pencils to be exact. I have a pen attached to my EDC (GnG) pouch but seldom use it. It would be difficult to accomplish such a mention challenge when I am always using the two different colors (Black & Red) for my day-to-day lists, notes and other things. The little cardboard tube is the what the refills come in and can hold several orders of refills in one tube.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4893/44951388464_9b91f6f5c6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bucBH3)RITRPencils-01 (https://flic.kr/p/2bucBH3) by Grandpa Patch (https://www.flickr.com/photos/95406299@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: microbe on November 02, 2018, 12:43:34 PM
I have 2 mechanical pencils. A fine 0.5mm Parker, and a broad 2mm Rotring.
(https://i.imgur.com/Pj12gVU.jpg)
But, just like any other writing tool, they see less and less use.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on November 02, 2018, 03:53:43 PM
I’m going to get the little guy a new pen/pencil, he likes the cheap mechanical pencil, he keeps refilling it, I saw bic has a unique one out, everyone knows that blue and white four ink one they make, but they now have a four in one that is 3+1, three inks plus a pencil, I had two that were metal, was perfect for the job, I still have one but it doesn’t work, he saw it and liked it, but I’m not getting him something expensive for school, and those bic are only like $4,
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on November 04, 2018, 05:10:43 PM
I’m going to get the little guy a new pen/pencil, he likes the cheap mechanical pencil, he keeps refilling it, I saw bic has a unique one out, everyone knows that blue and white four ink one they make, but they now have a four in one that is 3+1, three inks plus a pencil, I had two that were metal, was perfect for the job, I still have one but it doesn’t work, he saw it and liked it, but I’m not getting him something expensive for school, and those bic are only like $4,
JR

Didn't knew about this new model. I might get one. Thanks!

 :tu: :salute:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on November 04, 2018, 06:08:43 PM
This is the one I have, but I don’t remember what I paid for it, plus what ever ink/pencil you want you have to turn it so that “color” is facing up, and press the top, unlike that new one you just push down whichever.. I just had to have it cause it’s knirled
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on November 09, 2018, 07:42:39 PM
This is the one I have, but I don’t remember what I paid for it, plus what ever ink/pencil you want you have to turn it so that “color” is facing up, and press the top, unlike that new one you just push down whichever.. I just had to have it cause it’s knirled
JR

You have great taste in pens, bro...

 8) 8)

Here's what I use at work, to avoid dropping and picking up different pens with different colours (or a pencil).

 :cheers: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on November 09, 2018, 08:18:36 PM
This is the one I have, but I don’t remember what I paid for it, plus what ever ink/pencil you want you have to turn it so that “color” is facing up, and press the top, unlike that new one you just push down whichever.. I just had to have it cause it’s knirled
JR

You have great taste in pens, bro...

 8) 8)

Here's what I use at work, to avoid dropping and picking up different pens with different colours (or a pencil).

 :cheers: :tu:
Hey that’s a nice pen :D
I kinda did the same, I kinda went a little above what I was asked for to make it easier for the upper management, we’d have to do inventory every day, after done a manager would have to look it over, so I’d use colors to make it easy, so if I found what was needed and the numbers were good then just simple black, then if I found more then what was listed, go blue, but if nothing was found or a lower number, then red, all with a simple click! This way when the manager took a quick look they just found the red numbers looked it over then signed off.
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on November 12, 2018, 04:33:05 PM
I have 2 mechanical pencils. A fine 0.5mm Parker, and a broad 2mm Rotring.
(https://i.imgur.com/Pj12gVU.jpg)
But, just like any other writing tool, they see less and less use.

I have some Rotrings Art Pen but in the pen version. How does that mechanical pencil work? I don't see a clicking cap...

 :think: :think:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: sawman on November 13, 2018, 02:35:54 PM
I too use a Staedtler Mars Technico lead holder from time to time. IMO they make the best leads as well.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Kev D on November 13, 2018, 03:31:49 PM
I have another Graphgear 1000 on the way, the 0.7 one this time.  I already have the 0.5 and wanted to try the 0.7 to see if I snap leads a bit less often.

(http://content.etilize.com/images/900/11966923.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on November 13, 2018, 04:27:49 PM
Oh come on, not an 0.3? I think that’s the one I used to use back in the day for drafting. Yeah they snapped like a (you know) you had to keep that led tip very close to the pencil tip, I want to say 3 clicks was pushing it! But the best part was you didn’t have to rotate the larger pencils to keep a nice thin line! I’ll have to see if I still have it, should, I also have one you’ll never freaking break, heck no!
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: sawman on November 13, 2018, 04:29:14 PM
I have another Graphgear 1000 on the way, the 0.7 one this time.  I already have the 0.5 and wanted to try the 0.7 to see if I snap leads a bit less often.

(http://content.etilize.com/images/900/11966923.jpg)

I liked the graphgear 1000 at first but decided it is too bulky. It is also quite a task disassembling the mechanism to clear out a broken lead. I think you will find the 0.7 is much less prone to breakage.

BTW, Pentel now offers a 1.3mm automatic pencil which while may be too bold for some purposes, will definitely resist breaking!

Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on November 13, 2018, 04:36:36 PM
I guess I don’t have to find the MONSTER, if you go back to 2015 I posted a pic, sure the easier one to find, lol..
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on November 13, 2018, 08:01:45 PM
There you go, I think that’s all and in size, I’m sure you can fig that out..
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: lister on November 14, 2018, 04:54:43 PM
I have another Graphgear 1000 on the way, the 0.7 one this time.  I already have the 0.5 and wanted to try the 0.7 to see if I snap leads a bit less often.

(http://content.etilize.com/images/900/11966923.jpg)

Here is mine. It broke twice! Superglue and cotton cloth took care of that.  :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Kev D on November 14, 2018, 09:24:59 PM
 :like:

I haven't broken my 0.5 one so far, but I've only had it a couple of years or so
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: lister on November 14, 2018, 10:16:06 PM
:like:

I haven't broken my 0.5 one so far, but I've only had it a couple of years or so

I broke mine after 4 years if I remember correctly. Anyway I have two more on the way. :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 03, 2018, 02:57:26 PM
I have 2 mechanical pencils. A fine 0.5mm Parker, and a broad 2mm Rotring.
(https://i.imgur.com/Pj12gVU.jpg)
But, just like any other writing tool, they see less and less use.
That Rotring is a nice mechanical pencil...I have one similar...
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 03, 2018, 03:01:49 PM
Here is a older 2mm graphite pencil that isn’t a clutch or mechanical pencil as we know them today...this one you have to unscrew to loosen and then you adjust the length and tighten back up!
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: microbe on December 03, 2018, 03:22:03 PM
I have 2 mechanical pencils. A fine 0.5mm Parker, and a broad 2mm Rotring.
(https://i.imgur.com/Pj12gVU.jpg)
But, just like any other writing tool, they see less and less use.

I have some Rotrings Art Pen but in the pen version. How does that mechanical pencil work? I don't see a clicking cap...

 :think: :think:

It has a visible spring near the end where the push button is.
(https://unofficialrotring.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/250300-d.jpg?w=1008)
Not my pic...
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: microbe on December 03, 2018, 03:24:00 PM
This is the one I have, but I don’t remember what I paid for it, plus what ever ink/pencil you want you have to turn it so that “color” is facing up, and press the top, unlike that new one you just push down whichever.. I just had to have it cause it’s knirled
JR

I like that one. Did not know they has such contraptions!
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 05, 2018, 12:37:30 PM
Many great pencils in here guys :dd: :like: I need to get mine all out and see what I have and if I can get a couple pics :think: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 05, 2018, 04:26:35 PM
One of my summer mechanical pencils...I like the 0.7mm graphite as I don’t break it while writing. It’s the grip that I really like, especially in the summer heat. The sharpie is what I used to mark the date on the filters when changed in the roof top units.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on December 05, 2018, 05:14:33 PM
I have 2 mechanical pencils. A fine 0.5mm Parker, and a broad 2mm Rotring.
(https://i.imgur.com/Pj12gVU.jpg)
But, just like any other writing tool, they see less and less use.

I have some Rotrings Art Pen but in the pen version. How does that mechanical pencil work? I don't see a clicking cap...

 :think: :think:

It has a visible spring near the end where the push button is.
(https://unofficialrotring.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/250300-d.jpg?w=1008)
Not my pic...

Thanks. I ended up seeing a similar pic in another place. It's good they kept the look of the pen.

 :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 05, 2018, 05:25:38 PM
Couple nice looking writing instruments Ray :like: that one of the stainless steel Sharpies correct :o wished I had gotten one when they were out  :facepalm:

:nanadance:          :nanadance:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 05, 2018, 06:19:11 PM
I use this Twist Erase III from Pentel in 0.7mm as my daily user :cheers: I love the twist out eraser these come with as they are great for erasing and last a really long time :like:

(https://i.imgur.com/JJnpEXQh.jpg)

The other 2 in this pic is a regular black sharpie and a 2mm lead mechanical pencil (no brand but well made) that I carry daily with me :tu:

(https://i.imgur.com/qqJxgHnh.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on December 06, 2018, 05:47:39 PM
I use this Twist Erase III from Pentel in 0.7mm as my daily user :cheers: I love the twist out eraser these come with as they are great for erasing and last a really long time :like:

(https://i.imgur.com/JJnpEXQh.jpg)

The other 2 in this pic is a regular black sharpie and a 2mm lead mechanical pencil (no brand but well made) that I carry daily with me :tu:

(https://i.imgur.com/qqJxgHnh.jpg)

Hum... is that a twist out eraser in your mechanical pencil or is it a play-doh dispenser?...

 :pok: :pok:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 06, 2018, 06:14:30 PM
It's crazy to think that an eraser could be that big in a mechanical pencil that takes the same size lead as every other regular mechanical pencil  :ahhh :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on December 06, 2018, 06:27:36 PM
The little guy asked me for a diff pencil, he’s been using his cheep plastic one and he loves it but wants something better, yet last year I gave him a nice metal one and of course he lost it.. go fig. But now in high school he says things are diff, I did get him a little unique stocking stuffer, that 3+1, nothing much better then the simple clicker he’s using but it’s a all in one, so idk, he’s either going to love it or hate it, I just don’t want to get him something that he’s just going to lose..
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 06, 2018, 06:30:17 PM
Hopefully being in high school he will be a bit more careful with his stuff :salute: I know I started getting better with my own things around that age as well :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on December 06, 2018, 06:34:06 PM
Hopefully being in high school he will be a bit more careful with his stuff :salute: I know I started getting better with my own things around that age as well :tu:
I would hope so, but do I leave him with that all in one or do I see about getting him a pair of metal zebras maybe 701’s or something of that nature?
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 07, 2018, 07:15:52 AM
I use this Twist Erase III from Pentel in 0.7mm as my daily user :cheers: I love the twist out eraser these come with as they are great for erasing and last a really long time :like:

(https://i.imgur.com/JJnpEXQh.jpg)

The other 2 in this pic is a regular black sharpie and a 2mm lead mechanical pencil (no brand but well made) that I carry daily with me :tu:

(https://i.imgur.com/qqJxgHnh.jpg)
Those are some interesting mechanical pencils there! Very interesting Pentel and that twist out eraser is cool. And you know me, I love my 2mm pencils.  :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 07, 2018, 04:35:33 PM
Speaking of my favorite graphite size....here is a Caran d’Ache Mario Botta 2mm clutch pencil. This one gets a lot of pocket time!
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 07, 2018, 05:59:33 PM
Hopefully being in high school he will be a bit more careful with his stuff :salute: I know I started getting better with my own things around that age as well :tu:
I would hope so, but do I leave him with that all in one or do I see about getting him a pair of metal zebras maybe 701’s or something of that nature?
JR

Whatever he ends up with I am sure will be a good choice :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 07, 2018, 06:01:01 PM
I use this Twist Erase III from Pentel in 0.7mm as my daily user :cheers: I love the twist out eraser these come with as they are great for erasing and last a really long time :like:

(https://i.imgur.com/JJnpEXQh.jpg)

The other 2 in this pic is a regular black sharpie and a 2mm lead mechanical pencil (no brand but well made) that I carry daily with me :tu:

(https://i.imgur.com/qqJxgHnh.jpg)
Those are some interesting mechanical pencils there! Very interesting Pentel and that twist out eraser is cool. And you know me, I love my 2mm pencils.  :like:

Thanks Ray :hatsoff: the Pentel is a favorite of mine for sure :tu: and that is a great Caran d'Ache :dd: :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 08, 2018, 01:03:01 AM
I use this Twist Erase III from Pentel in 0.7mm as my daily user :cheers: I love the twist out eraser these come with as they are great for erasing and last a really long time :like:

(https://i.imgur.com/JJnpEXQh.jpg)

The other 2 in this pic is a regular black sharpie and a 2mm lead mechanical pencil (no brand but well made) that I carry daily with me :tu:

(https://i.imgur.com/qqJxgHnh.jpg)
Those are some interesting mechanical pencils there! Very interesting Pentel and that twist out eraser is cool. And you know me, I love my 2mm pencils.  :like:

Thanks Ray :hatsoff: the Pentel is a favorite of mine for sure :tu: and that is a great Caran d'Ache :dd: :like:
Thanks for sharing  :cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 08, 2018, 02:22:49 AM
If it ever gets here I have one of the 5.6mm koh-i-noors with magic lead coming :ahhh I am thinking it is still in the country of origin :bnghd: I must be patient though :D I do hope it's here before Christmas as I actually bought 2 and 1 is for my little girl :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 09, 2018, 01:37:50 AM
If it ever gets here I have one of the 5.6mm koh-i-noors with magic lead coming :ahhh I am thinking it is still in the country of origin :bnghd: I must be patient though :D I do hope it's here before Christmas as I actually bought 2 and 1 is for my little girl :tu:
I am thinking the post office is now officially in the Christmas mode, it may take a couple of days longer. Hang in there!
I know your daughter will love it!
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 09, 2018, 04:30:08 AM
Yes, I am sure the Post Offices of the world are being flooded with packages this time of the year :ahhh Even if it doesn't make it here by Christmas she will still like it afterward even :cheers: :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 09, 2018, 06:26:43 PM
I am pretty sure you will get it in before Christmas!  :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 09, 2018, 08:22:20 PM
Hopefully  :tu: :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 10, 2018, 06:26:49 PM
A nice affordable Alvin Draft/matic. The DM05 is a 0.5mm graphite mechanical pencil with a window that rotates and you can have the type of graphite showing. For those who have different usages on multiple pencils with different graphite.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 10, 2018, 07:46:14 PM
I need to check :think: but seems like I have an Alvin as well :cheers: I also have one that you can twist to tell which type of lead is in the pencil, it may very well be the Alvin that does this as well :think: I will have to look :tu:

Great looking pencil  :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on December 10, 2018, 07:54:03 PM
That red 0.3 I posted does that what type of lead twisty thing.
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 10, 2018, 09:13:22 PM
I am bad to break 0.5 :ahhh I would hate to see what I would do to 0.3 lead :o :ahhh Cool that they make it in that small of diameter though :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on December 10, 2018, 10:37:42 PM
I am bad to break 0.5 :ahhh I would hate to see what I would do to 0.3 lead :o :ahhh Cool that they make it in that small of diameter though :tu:
Oh you got to have a very smooth hand, and you can’t click the lead out tooo many clicks! But with very little pressure and a smooth/soft hand it is doable! Kinda funny with someone who was in construction/mechanics, you’d think it wasn’t possible, speaking of construction, I found another unique pencil I have,,
I guess they took that other unique round school pencil that did the same and made it into construction, kinda interesting, once the one gets crappy you just take the tip out and put it in the other end, and low and behold a brand new one comes out..
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 11, 2018, 12:31:13 AM
I have one of those Swanson ones as well :tu: Someone else also made a red plastic carpenter pencil style one that had special lead as well :think: I had a few of those but gave up after a while because it became harder and harder to find lead for it :-\ The lead slid out in increments from what I remember :think: I need to see if I can find it :cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on December 11, 2018, 01:37:19 AM
Yeah, one of these, I had one but I have no clue were it disappeared to, I also had one that writes with a wax, absolutely great for what I needed, wrote on anything and since I was marking black pipes, not only did it write but yellow was great! Here’s a pic of my other junk, and you can see the extras to that one, and you can see the other soapstone and that other large wax,,
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 11, 2018, 03:24:42 AM
I need to check :think: but seems like I have an Alvin as well :cheers: I also have one that you can twist to tell which type of lead is in the pencil, it may very well be the Alvin that does this as well :think: I will have to look :tu:

Great looking pencil  :like:
They are nice! Hope you find yours!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 11, 2018, 03:31:30 AM
I am bad to break 0.5 :ahhh I would hate to see what I would do to 0.3 lead :o :ahhh Cool that they make it in that small of diameter though :tu:
I am bad to break 0.5 :ahhh I would hate to see what I would do to 0.3 lead :o :ahhh Cool that they make it in that small of diameter though :tu:
Oh you got to have a very smooth hand, and you can’t click the lead out tooo many clicks! But with very little pressure and a smooth/soft hand it is doable! Kinda funny with someone who was in construction/mechanics, you’d think it wasn’t possible, speaking of construction, I found another unique pencil I have,,
I guess they took that other unique round school pencil that did the same and made it into construction, kinda interesting, once the one gets crappy you just take the tip out and put it in the other end, and low and behold a brand new one comes out..
JR
:iagree: and at my age, I am loosing my grip so I am having to really think about holding a good grip...I would not even attempt a 0.3mm. I could do a 0.5mm with no problems untill 3 years ago. Now I am more comfortable  with 0.7mm at the thinnest, and no problems at all.  :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 11, 2018, 03:32:02 AM
Yeah, one of these, I had one but I have no clue were it disappeared to, I also had one that writes with a wax, absolutely great for what I needed, wrote on anything and since I was marking black pipes, not only did it write but yellow was great! Here’s a pic of my other junk, and you can see the extras to that one, and you can see the other soapstone and that other large wax,,
JR

It was similar but a bit more simple than that pencil  :tu: I have most of the stuff in that pic of your other stuff as well :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 11, 2018, 03:32:58 AM
I need to check :think: but seems like I have an Alvin as well :cheers: I also have one that you can twist to tell which type of lead is in the pencil, it may very well be the Alvin that does this as well :think: I will have to look :tu:

Great looking pencil  :like:
They are nice! Hope you find yours!  :cheers:

I had almost forgot to look for it if not for your post :facepalm: :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 11, 2018, 03:41:10 AM
I have the pics and will try to get them on in the morning :cheers:

The one with the lead type selector is a Helix :salute: and I have the Alvin lead holder pic as well :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 11, 2018, 03:45:12 AM
I need to check :think: but seems like I have an Alvin as well :cheers: I also have one that you can twist to tell which type of lead is in the pencil, it may very well be the Alvin that does this as well :think: I will have to look :tu:

Great looking pencil  :like:
They are nice! Hope you find yours!  :cheers:

I had almost forgot to look for it if not for your post :facepalm: :D
:rofl:
Well you are a busybody! I have never tried the flat type graphite. I would just sandpaper a 5.6mm graphite untill I was happy with it.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 11, 2018, 03:45:59 AM
I have the pics and will try to get them on in the morning :cheers:

The one with the lead type selector is a Helix :salute: and I have the Alvin lead holder pic as well :tu:
Excellent  :like: :rofl:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 11, 2018, 12:31:33 PM
Here is a pic of the Helix with the lead type indicator :cheers:

(https://i.imgur.com/FEkDgwah.jpg)

Here is the Alvin and I didn't realize that this one was made in Italy :tu: Has this cool red top and all :like:

(https://i.imgur.com/OtG6iS3h.jpg)

The Helix has a sharpener in the cap but I forget now if the Alvin has one in the red cap :facepalm: and of course it is at home and will be several hours before I can check it now :ahhh

 :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 11, 2018, 03:15:32 PM
Here is a pic of the Helix with the lead type indicator :cheers:

(https://i.imgur.com/FEkDgwah.jpg)

Here is the Alvin and I didn't realize that this one was made in Italy :tu: Has this cool red top and all :like:

(https://i.imgur.com/OtG6iS3h.jpg)

The Helix has a sharpener in the cap but I forget now if the Alvin has one in the red cap :facepalm: and of course it is at home and will be several hours before I can check it now :ahhh

 :D
Nice set you have there! 2mm is my favorite!  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 11, 2018, 03:24:18 PM
Here is my Spoke 4 in 0.7mm. The company makes these in different material. They use the time proven Pentel 200 series guts because they work so well. The end result is a even better mechanical pencil.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on December 11, 2018, 05:50:48 PM
Those 2.0 pencils are nice, the pic of mine is on the last page, yeah they have the sharpener in the cap but the trick to keeping them sharp is to spin the pencil as your doing whatever,
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 12, 2018, 02:32:21 AM
Thanks guys :hatsoff: I do enjoy a good pencil :tu: that 0.7 is nice and Pentel makes some great stuff :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 14, 2018, 04:08:31 AM
A Caran d’Ache Ecridor 2mm Artist pencil...the refills I found in Texas while visiting my sister.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 14, 2018, 05:02:10 AM
I love the texture of that pencil :dd: so very cool 8) :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 14, 2018, 05:45:36 PM
I love the texture of that pencil :dd: so very cool 8) :like:
Texture...this one is probably a winner in that...the Cd’A Ivanhoe...it is a metal chain mall...hence it’s name. Strictly home or office use only.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on December 14, 2018, 07:31:48 PM
I love the texture of that pencil :dd: so very cool 8) :like:
Texture...this one is probably a winner in that...the Cd’A Ivanhoe...it is a metal chain mall...hence it’s name. Strictly home or office use only.

I can see why. With me, it would be home only. Wouldn't wanna risk (someone) loosing it (for me).

 :drool: :drool:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 14, 2018, 08:03:40 PM
I love the texture of that pencil :dd: so very cool 8) :like:
Texture...this one is probably a winner in that...the Cd’A Ivanhoe...it is a metal chain mall...hence it’s name. Strictly home or office use only.

I can see why. With me, it would be home only. Wouldn't wanna risk (someone) loosing it (for me).

 :drool: :drool:
Thank you!
Your last sentence was so well said!  :like: :tu:
I have always had my mechanical pencils on the affordable end...untill this one...then it was all down hill after that...especially when I started finding them available in the 2mm clutch pencils.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 15, 2018, 12:18:28 AM
Oh wow  :ahhh :drool: that Ivanhoe is just so swish :dd: love that one a lot :o :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 15, 2018, 12:20:40 AM
The end of this no name 2mm I have has a brass clutch which is surprising as some of my others have a plastic clutch :ahhh this so far has been a really nice pencil that has had no drawbacks that I can see :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 15, 2018, 01:01:02 AM
Oh wow  :ahhh :drool: that Ivanhoe is just so swish :dd: love that one a lot :o :like:
My same reaction when I first saw one!  :rofl:

The end of this no name 2mm I have has a brass clutch which is surprising as some of my others have a plastic clutch :ahhh this so far has been a really nice pencil that has had no drawbacks that I can see :like:
Not bad at all! Many years of service to come then.  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Vidar on December 15, 2018, 07:21:22 PM
I've used a fair bit of mechanical pencils over the years. Most easily forgotten and or lost. Some have survived though:

I like the Staedtlers and have a few in different sizes of those. I also bought a Pentel Graphgear 500 at some point, but the hexagonal shape is somehow just not my thing. By a mistake I got sent a Uni Shift some years ago. That one is nice, and especially to just drop in a pocket or similar as it protects its point when not in use. My current favorite is the Uni Kura Toga though. Not because of its constant rotating of the lead inside, but because of its slightly dampened or springy lead point. I guess a side effect of the rotating mechanism, but I find it weirdly pleasant. I can't seem to find it in thicker styles than 0.5 though.

For the few times I use color I find useful to have the mechanical pencil itself in the same color, so I got a few Pilot Color Enos for that. 

Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 16, 2018, 01:46:32 AM
Was in Tampa today visiting the grandkids and stoped by the storage shed and found a certain car and was asked if I found it, to get some photos. Here is the Caran d’Ache Ecridor Type 55 pencil and rollerball...The pencil is 0.7mm graphite...another one that stays at the house.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 16, 2018, 01:52:39 AM
I've used a fair bit of mechanical pencils over the years. Most easily forgotten and or lost. Some have survived though:

I like the Staedtlers and have a few in different sizes of those. I also bought a Pentel Graphgear 500 at some point, but the hexagonal shape is somehow just not my thing. By a mistake I got sent a Uni Shift some years ago. That one is nice, and especially to just drop in a pocket or similar as it protects its point when not in use. My current favorite is the Uni Kura Toga though. Not because of its constant rotating of the lead inside, but because of its slightly dampened or springy lead point. I guess a side effect of the rotating mechanism, but I find it weirdly pleasant. I can't seem to find it in thicker styles than 0.5 though.

For the few times I use color I find useful to have the mechanical pencil itself in the same color, so I got a few Pilot Color Enos for that.
Nice selection there!
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: smiller43147 on December 16, 2018, 02:50:30 AM
In the center is my first "real" mechanical pencil, a Faber-Castell LockTite that I used in the mid 70s when taking a drafting class in high school.  To the left is the sharpener.
In front is the .5mm that I upgraded to in the late 70s, a Berol Turquoise.  I still use that one to this day.
In the back is a recent acquisition, a Pentel Click Eraser.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 16, 2018, 05:36:31 AM
Some really great looking pencils Vidar :like: Staedtler is a great brand and I have a few lead holders of theirs :tu: I have been looking at getting a 0.7mm silver one :cheers:

Also I have seen the Kura Toga in 0.7mm as well, so good luck in your search for one :salute:

Sweet pic Ray :drool: Cool writing equipment and cool car 8) :like:

smiller, I love that old Faber Castell as well :dd: it has a vintage look but still looks to be in very nice shape :o :like: I have used Turquoise lead but don't believe I have ever used their pencils :think: :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Vidar on December 16, 2018, 05:44:51 AM
Also I have seen the Kura Toga in 0.7mm as well, so good luck in your search for one :salute:

Ah, so there really is such a beast? Thanks for the confirmation - not knowing if it even existed the search has been a bit half hearted. :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 16, 2018, 04:06:45 PM
Also I have seen the Kuru Toga in 0.7mm as well, so good luck in your search for one :salute:

Ah, so there really is such a beast? Thanks for the confirmation - not knowing if it even existed the search has been a bit half hearted. :tu:

If this takes you to the correct Amazon link here it is :cheers:

Kuru Toga 0.7mm Pencil (https://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Pencil-1858549/dp/B00BEYXGPC/ref=pd_sim_229_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00BEYXGPC&pd_rd_r=dcfb3cfb-0143-11e9-b994-2beee4ad06be&pd_rd_w=UTQzH&pd_rd_wg=lsKYy&pf_rd_p=18bb0b78-4200-49b9-ac91-f141d61a1780&pf_rd_r=HD5JHH75719FGZP6AC1T&psc=1&refRID=HD5JHH75719FGZP6AC1T)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 16, 2018, 04:07:23 PM
On a side note I have the 0.5mm and am also wanting the 0.7mm version ::) :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 16, 2018, 04:31:30 PM
The link is working! And saved  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Vidar on December 16, 2018, 05:20:46 PM
If this takes you to the correct Amazon link here it is :cheers:

Kuru Toga 0.7mm Pencil (https://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Pencil-1858549/dp/B00BEYXGPC/ref=pd_sim_229_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00BEYXGPC&pd_rd_r=dcfb3cfb-0143-11e9-b994-2beee4ad06be&pd_rd_w=UTQzH&pd_rd_wg=lsKYy&pf_rd_p=18bb0b78-4200-49b9-ac91-f141d61a1780&pf_rd_r=HD5JHH75719FGZP6AC1T&psc=1&refRID=HD5JHH75719FGZP6AC1T)

Thanks! :tu:

Searching Amazong huh? What a concept. Why didn't I think of that?  :dunno:  :cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 16, 2018, 07:55:33 PM
 :hatsoff:

 :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 17, 2018, 05:11:41 PM
Now being raised up in the military these were always around. My first mechanical pencil. This color came out way later. They are a translucent gray or smoke color. These are put together by blind people. The graphite is 1.1mm so just about never breaks when you write with it.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 17, 2018, 05:18:10 PM
Very cool Ray :o don't guess I have ever saw these at all :think: thanks for sharing the pic :salute: :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 19, 2018, 03:56:36 PM
A Caran d’Ache Fixpencil 44...a very nice artist clutch pencil that is long enough in length that you can still hold while working or adjusting/rotating your paper.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: papadan on December 19, 2018, 09:20:07 PM
I'm a maker, I don't use plans for anything. Here is my favorite pencil, Gerber with .5 lead. I use it for marking where I will cut of bend. The lead is kind of expensive @ $6 for 3 pieces, but it works fantastic for my needs.  :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 19, 2018, 11:29:30 PM
 Where is the graphite???  I have never seen this one before. Thanks
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: papadan on December 20, 2018, 12:01:39 AM
Where is the graphite???  I have never seen this one before. Thanks

The graphite is the blade instead of a normal cutting blade.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Yadda on December 20, 2018, 12:08:50 AM
Was in Tampa today visiting the grandkids and stoped by the storage shed and found a certain car and was asked if I found it, to get some photos. Here is the Caran d’Ache Ecridor Type 55 pencil and rollerball...The pencil is 0.7mm graphite...another one that stays at the house.

I do like the .7mm sized lead.  Nice set!
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Yadda on December 20, 2018, 12:10:16 AM
I've used a fair bit of mechanical pencils over the years. Most easily forgotten and or lost. Some have survived though:

I like the Staedtlers and have a few in different sizes of those. I also bought a Pentel Graphgear 500 at some point, but the hexagonal shape is somehow just not my thing. By a mistake I got sent a Uni Shift some years ago. That one is nice, and especially to just drop in a pocket or similar as it protects its point when not in use. My current favorite is the Uni Kura Toga though. Not because of its constant rotating of the lead inside, but because of its slightly dampened or springy lead point. I guess a side effect of the rotating mechanism, but I find it weirdly pleasant. I can't seem to find it in thicker styles than 0.5 though.

For the few times I use color I find useful to have the mechanical pencil itself in the same color, so I got a few Pilot Color Enos for that.
Autopoint makes some really neat two ended mech pencils with different color ends. 
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Yadda on December 20, 2018, 12:21:54 AM
Where is the graphite???  I have never seen this one before. Thanks

The graphite is the blade instead of a normal cutting blade.

Very neat! I will be adding them to my list.
https://www.amazon.com/Prazi-USA-PR-9862-Accutrax-Pencil/dp/B00EAICYCK/?tag=toolguyd-20

Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 20, 2018, 12:25:11 AM
Love the Fixpencil, Ray :like: :like:

and that razor blade lead is just so cool :o never seen that before don't think :like: :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 20, 2018, 01:50:18 AM
Where is the graphite???  I have never seen this one before. Thanks

The graphite is the blade instead of a normal cutting blade.
:sa:
Wow, I have never seen a graphite blade before! Thanks for the information.  :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 20, 2018, 01:52:57 AM
Was in Tampa today visiting the grandkids and stoped by the storage shed and found a certain car and was asked if I found it, to get some photos. Here is the Caran d’Ache Ecridor Type 55 pencil and rollerball...The pencil is 0.7mm graphite...another one that stays at the house.

I do like the .7mm sized lead.  Nice set!
Thank you...it is a very interesting pattern on the body!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 20, 2018, 01:59:28 AM
Love the Fixpencil, Ray :like: :like:

and that razor blade lead is just so cool :o never seen that before don't think :like: :like:
Thanks! That razor blade graphite is something else, like you, I have never seen it either. I would have to buy just for the uniqueness of it! A definite conversion starter for sure.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 21, 2018, 03:16:27 PM
A Caran d’Ache black lacquered 0.7mm mechanical pencil. A very nice example of great workmanship!
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on December 21, 2018, 07:07:35 PM
Where is the graphite???  I have never seen this one before. Thanks

The graphite is the blade instead of a normal cutting blade.

So... does it last longer, keeps sharp longer?!...

 :think: :think:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 21, 2018, 07:58:40 PM
Another great looking pencil, Ray :dd:

I been eyeballing a few different pencils today as well :facepalm:

Probably end up with a 0.7mm Kuru Toga ::) I have the 0.5 but the lead is a bit smaller than I care for so.....ya know :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 21, 2018, 11:09:42 PM
Another great looking pencil, Ray :dd:

I been eyeballing a few different pencils today as well :facepalm:

Probably end up with a 0.7mm Kuru Toga ::) I have the 0.5 but the lead is a bit smaller than I care for so.....ya know :D
Thanks and yes you can not go wrong with the 0,7mm and I love that rotation engine in there!  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 23, 2018, 04:11:23 PM
A classic...the Cross...1.15 graphite...
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 24, 2018, 03:55:48 PM
Love a good Cross :like: I think I had one of the pen pencil sets as a kid but I have no idea where the pencil went :ahhh :facepalm: Need to see if my mom or dad still has either one :think:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 27, 2018, 08:03:43 PM
Receiving these just before Christmas from our very own RapidRay :tu: I decided to bring them to work and test them out a bit :tu: the first is a 1.1mm US Government pencil and the next is a 0.7mm Pilot G2 :tu: they are both very nice pencils and seem to be very good writers  :like: as you can see in the pic the US Government pencil has a much thicker lead than the Pilot, the US Govt one advances the lead by twisting the eraser end of the pencil vs. The end click of the Pilot :cheers: both are very good and I will probably rotate them in and out of service for work :tu:

(https://i.imgur.com/22SOAnth.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/X3FW5Dgh.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on December 27, 2018, 10:18:52 PM
US GOVERNMENT, interesting..
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: LoopCutter on December 28, 2018, 12:41:44 AM
Interesting thread, stirring up old memories.

I still have my Pentel Sharp Keery, (Black), at least 30 years old.  Had a Brown one first a gift from a district manager for controlling OT hours after being promoted, a win win, Staff liked the new flex schedule, and boss liked the reduced payroll ratio for my 7x24 service sites.

Yet, I started using mechanical pencils back in my JR. High days ('65), thin lead, and adopted the .5mm versions when introduced in early '70s when a gifted a simple lead only pencil from my great uncle.

I will have to find and photograph my drafting tools and pencils.   Thank I also have a sharpener used with those pencils.

I hated the feel of pencil wood in my hand back in the day, now not an issue.  #2 pencils for testing was the norm, and often my mechanical pencils were not allowed for SAT or ACT tests, even military draft exam.   :facepalm:  But, I survived :woohoo:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 28, 2018, 03:38:14 AM
US GOVERNMENT, interesting..
JR

It is a very nice feeling pencil :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 28, 2018, 03:41:21 AM
Interesting thread, stirring up old memories.

I still have my Pentel Sharp Keery, (Black), at least 30 years old.  Had a Brown one first a gift from a district manager for controlling OT hours after being promoted, a win win, Staff liked the new flex schedule, and boss liked the reduced payroll ratio for my 7x24 service sites.

Yet, I started using mechanical pencils back in my JR. High days ('65), thin lead, and adopted the .5mm versions when introduced in early '70s when a gifted a simple lead only pencil from my great uncle.

I will have to find and photograph my drafting tools and pencils.   Thank I also have a sharpener used with those pencils.

I hated the feel of pencil wood in my hand back in the day, now not an issue.  #2 pencils for testing was the norm, and often my mechanical pencils were not allowed for SAT or ACT tests, even military draft exam.   :facepalm:  But, I survived :woohoo:

Hope you find the old Pentel :o also can't wait for the pics of your pencil gear :popcorn: :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: MadPlumbarian on December 28, 2018, 06:25:07 AM
US GOVERNMENT, interesting..
JR

It is a very nice feeling pencil :like:
I bet, since it’s good enough for our gov, lol..
JR
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 31, 2018, 06:12:44 PM
Receiving these just before Christmas from our very own RapidRay :tu: I decided to bring them to work and test them out a bit :tu: the first is a 1.1mm US Government pencil and the next is a 0.7mm Pilot G2 :tu: they are both very nice pencils and seem to be very good writers  :like: as you can see in the pic the US Government pencil has a much thicker lead than the Pilot, the US Govt one advances the lead by twisting the eraser end of the pencil vs. The end click of the Pilot :cheers: both are very good and I will probably rotate them in and out of service for work :tu:

(https://i.imgur.com/22SOAnth.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/X3FW5Dgh.jpg)
Glad you are enjoying them!  :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 31, 2018, 06:20:27 PM
You probably know how much I love the 2mm graphite clutch pencils, but this one is my favorite of them all. When I saw it was in 2mm, thats all it took! The looks were a bonus!
The Caran d’Ache 80th Anniversary set. Best wood box I have ever seen and heavy! Oh, and silver!
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on December 31, 2018, 07:13:19 PM
Oh WOW :o :dd: Very nice set, Ray :drool: :like:

I received a 0.7mm Kuru Toga in the mail Saturday and will try to get some pics of it up later :tu: I also got the all metal Zebra Pen (will try to get pics of it as well and put it in the pen thread :tu: ) I am also waiting on some 5.6mm lead on a slow boat from China :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on December 31, 2018, 07:39:09 PM
Oh WOW :o :dd: Very nice set, Ray :drool: :like:

I received a 0.7mm Kuru Toga in the mail Saturday and will try to get some pics of it up later :tu: I also got the all metal Zebra Pen (will try to get pics of it as well and put it in the pen thread :tu: ) I am also waiting on some 5.6mm lead on a slow boat from China :D
Looking forward to the Kuru Toga photo’s!  I like their rotating engine.  :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on January 02, 2019, 12:56:36 PM
You probably know how much I love the 2mm graphite clutch pencils, but this one is my favorite of them all. When I saw it was in 2mm, thats all it took! The looks were a bonus!
The Caran d’Ache 80th Anniversary set. Best wood box I have ever seen and heavy! Oh, and silver!

Wow! Those are awl kinds of gorgeous!

 :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on January 03, 2019, 04:40:13 PM
You probably know how much I love the 2mm graphite clutch pencils, but this one is my favorite of them all. When I saw it was in 2mm, thats all it took! The looks were a bonus!
The Caran d’Ache 80th Anniversary set. Best wood box I have ever seen and heavy! Oh, and silver!

Wow! Those are awl kinds of gorgeous!

 :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
Thank you!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on January 03, 2019, 04:52:43 PM
An older Caran d’Ache No.77 in a 2mm clutch pencil. The 3 fish was to let the customer know they were getting the best product available. It is a long one at 6.25 inches, very workable as it will stay in your hand while moving things around.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on January 03, 2019, 04:55:26 PM
Another great pic of a great looking pencil,  Ray :like:

I still have yet to get pics of the new Kuru Toga :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Smashie on January 03, 2019, 07:40:40 PM
This what I have in my pocket today, Kaweco Brass Sport 0.7mm.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190103/3bbd023ceafc234e78df8b035e8b9e8d.jpg)
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on January 03, 2019, 07:45:55 PM
Nice sturdy built 0.7 :o :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Smashie on January 03, 2019, 08:55:07 PM
Nice sturdy built 0.7 :o :like:

It is, 36g or 1.3 oz
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on January 03, 2019, 09:15:16 PM
Nice sturdy built 0.7 :o :like:

It is, 36g or 1.3 oz

 :sa:

Bet it feels good writing with it :tu: :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on January 03, 2019, 10:14:55 PM
This what I have in my pocket today, Kaweco Brass Sport 0.7mm.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190103/3bbd023ceafc234e78df8b035e8b9e8d.jpg)
That is a nice one!  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on January 04, 2019, 02:24:05 PM
Not really got to write with this one much yet it is the Kuru Toga 0.7mm but I have had the 0.5mm version for over a year and haven't had any issues with it so I am sure that the 0.7mm will be as good or better for me :tu: I did swap the greenish yellow eraser cap and end nub from this one to the blue you see now from the 0.5mm one :cheers: and now it is much more pleasing to look at for me :D
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on January 04, 2019, 05:00:03 PM
They are nice for sure and for what you are getting...probably the best buy out there today! Very nice, enjoy!  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on January 04, 2019, 05:12:34 PM
Thanks Ray :salute: it is a very nice pencil for sure :like: I used it a bit earlier and it seemed to write well :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on January 05, 2019, 03:58:39 AM
I wouldn’t mind getting a .7mm when I see one in stock. Did the 5.6mm graphite finally make it off that slow boat from China??? :whistle:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on January 05, 2019, 05:32:40 AM
I wouldn’t mind getting a .7mm when I see one in stock. Did the 5.6mm graphite finally make it off that slow boat from China??? :whistle:

Not yet :facepalm: It tracked until it left the country of origin and now I can't get it to track beyond that :ahhh I am sure it will be here any day now though :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on January 09, 2019, 05:29:13 PM
Here is another rubber cushion mechanical pencil. This one is a Papermate Comfortmate ultra in 0.7mm. I placed it next to the Pilot G-2 mechanical pencil for comparison. If you work outside these are the go-to pencils that will work pretty good and stay in your hand.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on January 10, 2019, 03:24:09 AM
Those look like 2 fine pencils, Ray :tu: :like: Thanks for the comparison pic  :salute:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Rapidray on January 10, 2019, 03:56:30 AM
Those look like 2 fine pencils, Ray :tu: :like: Thanks for the comparison pic  :salute:
:cheers:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Max Stone on March 08, 2019, 05:40:35 PM
Picked up a Kaweco Sketch Up 5.6mm clutch pencil today. Solid quality and nice to write with.  :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Poncho65 on March 14, 2019, 04:54:18 PM
Awesome pencil,  Max :o :drool: :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Max Stone on March 14, 2019, 09:23:27 PM
Thanks Poncho. Something different for sure.  :hatsoff:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: AimlessWanderer on March 16, 2019, 12:27:07 AM
Picked up a Kaweco Sketch Up 5.6mm clutch pencil today. Solid quality and nice to write with.  :tu:

That looks a beastie, Max  :tu:


I'm just "rediscovering" pencils. I used the Pentel P200 series, in 0.5, 0.7 and 0.9mm for many years, as I used to be a mechanical draftsman. I never used them for writing with though, as they were always loaded with film lead. I've also got several cheapo ones, the single use chuck away type (no idea why, I don't remember buying them), but never write with those either. I just got too accustomed to "draw with a pencil, write with a pen".

I've decided that I really ought to start using them more, so I've ordered myself a replacement P207, as my last one broke, but I still have a load of lead left (only the second P200 breakage in nearly 30 years. Not bad at all for such a cheap workhorse).
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Aloha on March 16, 2019, 01:41:47 AM
@ Max, great looking pencil. I enjoy writing with a pencil just as much a pen.  I like to take notes in pencil actually.  I also jot measurements in pencil.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Max Stone on March 16, 2019, 09:28:23 AM
Thanks AW, Aloha. It is a real little gem. The thicker lead is much stronger. (I stopped using the smaller clutch pencils because I was constantly snapping tips).  :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: italophil on March 16, 2019, 12:16:25 PM
My current favorite is the Rotring 800. Feels solid, the retractable tip is pocket friendly and the twisting mechanism is fun to play with. And, it reminds me of engineering schools and doing technical drawings by hand.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Max Stone on March 16, 2019, 07:03:31 PM
Doesn’t get much better than that italophil.  :like:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Happy Gilmore on March 18, 2019, 12:04:50 AM
the engineer in me wants to rock one of these:

(https://i-h2.pinimg.com/564x/71/9e/56/719e56e76755d4e9662b3aa015cc7b08.jpg)

a super cheap mechanical pencil that turns into a compass..yes plz.
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: pfrsantos on March 19, 2019, 04:32:54 PM
the engineer in me wants to rock one of these:

(https://i-h2.pinimg.com/564x/71/9e/56/719e56e76755d4e9662b3aa015cc7b08.jpg)

a super cheap mechanical pencil that turns into a compass..yes plz.

The engineer in you is right!

 :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Mechanical Pencils
Post by: Yadda on March 30, 2019, 04:54:54 PM
the engineer in me wants to rock one of these:

(https://i-h2.pinimg.com/564x/71/9e/56/719e56e76755d4e9662b3aa015cc7b08.jpg)

a super cheap mechanical pencil that turns into a compass..yes plz.

Very gizmotic!