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Best mechanical pencil lead

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by bj warkentin, Dec 22, 2017.

  1. bj warkentin

    bj warkentin Loaded Pockets

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    The recent talk about mechanical pencils has me breaking out a couple of pencils from the "vault". Have been on a pen kick with the quest for finding the perfect refill, and have not used any of my pencils for quite some time. Due to the stockpile of leads I have accumulated I have not bought any new lead in at least 15 years.

    Now somethings are amazingly static, but in many technology and manufacturing processes continue to improve/evolve. Hence the question: What is the current gold standard in mechanical pencil lead?

    I use 0.3mm almost exclusively, so the key characteristic is strength/flexibility to cut down on lead breakage. Typically use F or H as I find that HB and softer are consumed too quickly, and break more easily.
     
  2. Moshe ben David

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    This should be an interesting thread!

    I'd expect Pentel to be right up there, if for no other reason than they're so widely available.

    Also I'd expect to see Faber-Castell, Pilot, and Staedtler.

    Have I missed anyone?

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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    Pentel Ain Stein


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  5. Daveho

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    Kuru toga
     
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    I've been using Pental for quite some time. I rarely use anything smaller than 0.7 due to breakage. To hear that there is a 0.3 makes me nervous. That or ignorant of super quality pencils that doesn't contribute to the lead breaking.
     
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  7. bj warkentin

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    Comes down to how you write with it. I use a 2mm Caran d'Ache fixpencil for wood working and love it. On the other end of the spectrum most of my mechanical pencils are 0.3mm. I like really thin line widths and am much happier with the 0.3 than the 0.5 leads. With a decent pencil and a lighter touch, lead breakage is not much of an issue.
     
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    My go-to writing lead is Pentel Ain Stein. I like 2B in my 0.3 and 0.4 pencils and HB in my 0.9 pencils.

    In my 0.5 and 0.7 pencils, I use Pentel Hi-Poly. It's easily found in local stores and is good enough that I don't resent it for not being Ain Stein lead. Now that local stores are selling 0.9 lead refills, I'll probably start using Hi-Poly in my 0.9 pencils once my Ain Stein stash runs out.

    In 2mm, my favorite leads are Mitsubishi-Uni and Staedtler.

    --flatline
     
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    Zebra DelGuard .5

    *Edit* Disregard wrong thread.
     
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