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Best Mechanical Pencil Ever

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by shadeone, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. PinoyBoy

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  2. Towanda

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    For most of this semester, I've been using either a GraphGear 500:

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    or an Alvin Draf-Tec Retrac, which has a lead sleeve that fully retracts into the wide end of the barrel:

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    Now, I really like the weight of the GraphGear 500, and the plastic in the barrel is high-quality. I also really like the Alvin Retrac, with its rubber grip, retractable lead sleeve, and wide-ish grip. However, in the last three weeks or so, I have completely fallen in love with the Papermate PhD:

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    The grip is wide and comfortable, the barrel is solid, quality plastic, and it's not so pointy that it will poke holes in your pockets. This pencil very nearly drives itself across the page. It is, however, getting difficult to find. Most office supply big box stores don't carry it anymore, or carry it intermittently. Amazon has some, but they're asking around $9 each for them. I just ordered a box of 12 PhD's from Overstock.com for $2 and change per pencil. Overstock seems to have the best prices, and - for the time being, anyway - has them in boxes of six or 12.

    All of my mechanical pencils are 0.5mm. The PhD's are available in 0.5 and 0.7.
     
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    I love the Pentel Kerry Sharp- its excellent

    I had a rotring in college- and did use it to draft it was great.
    however carrying it or any of the ones shaped like that - can break easily
    the tube the lead moves thru-( the part at the end of the pecil)
    can break off its rather unprotected
     
  5. ketchupgun

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    newbie to the forum but not to mechanical pencils...I've tried MANY... for me, the best pencil ever (for general writing, and has a retractable tip) is the Caran D'ache 844 (switzerland). I also use their FixPencil (Leadholder), which is great...and I complement it with their 849 pen.

    Try them out, esp the mech pencil.
    Cheers
     
  6. Kripto

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    Here is my H-3005 Pilot mechanical pencil. (The worlds best pencil ;) )
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    Here is my daily set that I carry. (Montblanc 146 Fountain Pen, Pilot H-3005, and Pilot Elite fountain pen)
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I LOVE the pocket case. Where'd ya get it?
     
  8. Kripto

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    There is a local Japanese store called Maido here in San Francisco and I think they have one in San Jose. I don't remember what I paid for it, I think around $50

    The case is made by Pilot, I can't seem to find the model number online though.
     
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Well, right now, I've got my eyes on something else for $50. One at a time!
     
  10. shadeone

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    found a way to make the draftmatic feel even more solid than it already is...

    when you write a certain way with the pencil, the metal cap over the eraser can move about .5mm side to side inside the end of the barrel making it rattle ever so slightly on rare occasions... I fixed this but using a very very tiny square of the sticky portion of a post-it note, adhered to the side of the cap near the bottom so that it fits between the side of the cap and the inside of the pencil's barrel, creating a shim of sorts. the clicky operation still functions perfectly and the post-it square stays put and out of sight because the cap has a nice depth to it that enables the part that has the square on it to be hidden. now the only thing that makes any noise on the thing is spare lead inside!
     
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Clever.
    "If the ladies don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy" Red Green
     
  12. Zak_UK

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    Tried a few different Mechanical pencils and keep one in my duty bag however in my notebook holder that lives in my cargo pocket when at work I have a Carpenters flat pencil for writing notes in the rain etc etc plus it never runs out of ink and is indestructible
     
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Good call. I'll have to slip one in my bag.
     
  14. Valerian

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    Ok, I have now added a Draftmatic (0.3mm) and Rotring 600 (0.5mm) to my pen collection. I'm not impressed with the 600. It has rather mediocre knurling on the grip and the hexagonal body isn't particularly comfortable. Personally, I like the Rapid Pro much better.

    Alvin Draftmatic, OTOH, was a very nice surprise. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
    Agreed on the grip, it's every bit as good as Staedtler 925-25's grip and that's saying a lot! An excellent pencil overall.
     
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    One of the best EDC items I carry
     
  16. Leadfoot

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    Signed on tonight to read about mechanical pencils and the top thread on the page was this one.
    Thanks everyone for posting your choices.

    I see a recommendation for an alternate eraser, but don't see any recommendations for choices of brands of lead.

    What say the pencil fans?

    Leadfoot
     
  17. remy b

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    You guys just suck : I had never considered using a pencil on a daily basis...

    Then, as usual, I thought "let's read that thread, just for information, like...".

    And now I want a Rotring, to go with my pen...

    I hope you all fell sooooo sorry, ashamed and guilty !!! =D

    Rémy
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  18. GADGET982

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    Pentel Sensi-Grip A315A and A317C

    I used these all through school. Bargain price and drafting precision, plus they have an awesome grip.

    Cheers,

    Gadget
     
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    Go to Jetpens.com. I think UNI brand makes the best lead on the Planet.
     
  20. Leadfoot

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    Thank you Ecksdog, I'll give that a try.


    Leadfoot