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u/omccloud · 6 pointsr/pencils

Welcome my friend, my only real advice is don't let it become an obsession, at the end if the day, the lead you choose has a far larger impact on your writing enjoyment. Getting that out of the way, I highly recommend the pentel kerry. It has the unique design of being a capped mechanical pencil which makes it completely pocket safe yet has a fixed sleeve so there is no tip wobble when being used. I find that for everyday use, 0.5 mm lead in grade B (which is slightly softer then the common HB (aka #2) grade) is a solid choice because it puts down a slightly darker line. I have had my Kerry for 11 years now and I had to get it repaired once due to my own fault. Pentel repaired it free of cost in one week.

I also suggest a Lamy Scribble if you prefer 0.7 mm lead size. It has a great feel to it, though is slightly thicker than the Kerry. There is something special about the scribble that just makes you want to pick it up and start writing with it. I will say that I do find lead breakage in the advance mechanism of the scribble more often than the Kerry.

Both are great pencils and you can't go wrong with either of them for everyday use.

Let me know if you have any questions, I would be glad to recommend some others if neither of those fit your fancy.

u/RogueStudio · 2 pointsr/pencils

In the "IDGAF, so long as it doesn't break" category?

I really like the Zebra M-301. Super classy steel bodies, and at least where I am, they're frequently on sale/clearance. I picked up like 3 2-packs for something like 1.50 each. I figure that'll probably last me the next decade or so, most decent mech pencils don't easily break.

For a bit more, but still under 10 bucks a pencil, I have a bit of nostalgia for the Staedtler Mars Micro 775. Have a red one my mother bought me in the 8th grade (so...2001 ish), and it still perfectly works. This one is also pretty widely available, or in a three sided variety, see this one.

And in Pentel flavours, eh, GraphGear 500. If I lose it, well, my family works on a university campus, the bookstore there carries ten gajillion more. The 1000 is a nice upgrade, along with the .03 Graphlet (which I used in Japanese class a lot for Kanji).

u/UnexpectedCompany · 1 pointr/pencils

I'm exclusively a 0.5mm lead user.

My preference is a 2B or a 3B for smoothness, and I use Pentel Ain Stein lead. (Got a multi pack from 2B-4B for $12) It tends to write slightly darker than a standard lead, however, it does get used up much faster. This for me is not an issue since the difference at least in my hands is so much smoother.

There are many notebooks to choose from, maybe check out /r/notebooks but be warned your wallet might hate you. I like the Semi B5 size since it is without margins and if you write small it approximates the similar writing area for my personal use since I never used the margins in the 5 star notebook types. The lines in the maruman are very light and easy on the eyes. The paper is very heavyweight and thick. I typically find it hard to see through the pages so you can write on both sides without seeing lines pass through. The covers are a heavy duty plastic material and great for long term use.

I got these notebooks for archival purposes. I use them to write down engineering formulas and notes on designs -- things that I need to constantly reference and have handy. I paid about $8 each notebook with tax and shipping. Highly recommend them!

Here are the particular items I got so you can take a look: - Kuru Toga - Leads - Eraser (Don't buy the multi pack the erasers suck, but the holder is awesome. I took a Pentel Hi-Polymer eraser, and cut it up with a razor blade to shove on the sticks this thing comes with. Best eraser you can use! I also have the Pentel clic but it's not as good as the blocks since it's a harder polymer so it smears and doesn't erase perfectly.) - Maruman Notebooks in Semi-B5

Also, shop around. Prices vary greatly for these items. Amazon may not be the cheapest, and sometimes Jetpens can be a huge ripoff so shop around before you buy!

u/Crowd_of_Gods · 2 pointsr/pencils

As mentioned in another comment, Staedtler makes good sharpeners. I'm personally very partial to two: first, the Dux Glass Inkwell Sharpener is super attractive with its jewel colours and gives a good point. Second, the KUM "Automatic" Sharpener gives an unbeatable long, slender, surgically sharp point. It might help with your lead breakage as well, as you sharpen off the wood, then the core in a separate step. (The wood-sharpening hole has a wider aperture at the end so only the wood is stripped off.)

If you're getting a lot of lead breakage though, you might just be using a pencil with crummy leads. The lead composition, and how precisely the lead fits into the wood case, can make a big difference.

u/I_Love_Computers · 1 pointr/pencils

Thank you so much!!!

I've realized that I made a mistake- this whole time what I was actually talking about is apparently called the [Kurutoga Roulette Model] ( I've read a couple comments and apparently they aren't too different in performance though. I think I'm going to order all the stuff you linked, except with a rOtring 500 over the Kurutoga and maybe a different pack of Ain Stein leads to try out HB (Although now that I've read up a little on lead, I feel like 2B and 3B are perfect for me so I might not even bother with HB)

Thanks again! :D Mind if I ask what you're studying or working on that causes you to record a lot of formulas and notes on designs? MechE or something similar? I'm currently in my second year of Computer Science so not too much writing over here but I still want a nice pencil to use :)

u/nafraid · 1 pointr/pencils

I have the same problem with mechanical pencils. 0.7 mm leads used to be better for me. But I like to use a clutch pencil with 2mm leads, in f or h for hardness. The sharpener/pointer for most of these is in the lid/cap but you can get different sharpeners for these that fit keychain, but i like the Steadler Mars Rotary action sharpener for clutch pencils. For wood cased pencils the other Steadler sharpeners seem to work best for my students in the elementary school classroom

u/fumblesmcdrum · 2 pointsr/pencils

former Physics major here: Pentel P205, without a doubt.

5mm lead is perfect for crisp lines given all the calculations you'll be doing. To my hand, the GraphGear1000 is too heavy (also expensive), and I'm not a fan of metal knurling on pencils in general (sorry GG500). It's also imprtant to me that the lead be solid and held fixed with minimal play. I've heard (but not tried) that the Kuru Toga has some play in its lead. It also seems somewhat gimmicy.

The P205 is rock solid, light, and cheap. You cannot go wrong!

u/Graphite_Junkie · 2 pointsr/pencils

These are already released:

I really hope that Pentel (my favorite brand) or even staedtler makes something new this year. That would be awesome. I feel like no new good pencils come out (IMO the recent Graphgear 800 and Rotring 800+ were bad)

u/user0523 · 3 pointsr/pencils

The Möbius & Ruppert Bullet Sharpener is my personal favorite. Easy to grip and it gives you a good point (and it looks cool). They're like $6 on Amazon.

u/LiamtheFilmMajor · 2 pointsr/pencils

I've had a Graph Gear 500 for almost two years now and it's the only pencil I ever use anymore. They are cheap, but are made for drafting so it's got a sturdy construction and a really nice weight.

You can get them down to .3 mm, which should be good for what you want to do.

u/Uncle_Erik · 9 pointsr/pencils

I'm a huge fan of the Pentel Sharp Kerry. I have had one for over 20 years (back when it was called the 5) and it has held up and performed beautifully. You won't find another pencil with a cap, either.

u/jusbot · 3 pointsr/pencils

The Alvin Bullet sharpener is my everyday carry.

Bullet Sharpener

At my desk I keep a Kum long point sharpener. It's two steps and takes some getting used to but the point is awesome.

Kum AS2 or AS2KM, Two Hole Automatic Long Point Pencil Sharpener, Mfg Part Number 1053021 ( extra lids not included )

u/mechaturtles · 1 pointr/pencils

Well I have a book-style bag for my pens and mech pencils from Lihit Lab that I really love.

u/snailiens · 7 pointsr/pencils

That thing looks like a total gimmick. Just use a pencil extender. I like this one!

u/dumbnotdumber · 5 pointsr/pencils

I've heard if you want to write with the pencil more than you're drawing with it, you want to go with the rotring 500. I believe it's made with more plastic and less brass so it's lighter, and you can write longer.

Might also want to look into a Kuru Toga, they rotate the led so you dont have to readjust the pencil and he led stays sharp. I would recommend the Roulette or the Pipe Slide. As long as you don't lose them they'll last you years.

u/Salve7 · 2 pointsr/pencils

This is the same one (just not a blackwing brand) for half the price. The one like mine is a couple cents more as well. Search long point pencil sharpener for others
Kum AS2, Two Hole Automatic Long Point Pencil Sharpener, Mfg Part Number 1053021 ( extra lids not included )

u/limejotter54 · 3 pointsr/pencils

The Staedtler 925 25-05 and Pilot S20 are loads better than the GG1000 IMO unless you want the retractable tip.

u/kukulaj · 1 pointr/pencils

wow I didn't see that it takes flat lead!

Here is one source for flat lead refills, but probably not the right size:

see also:

u/Number_06 · 2 pointsr/pencils

The Paper Mate PhD is a good one. So is the Pentel Twist-Erase III, available in 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9mm leads.

u/carloscarllos · 1 pointr/pencils

I use this lead pointer for most of my lead holders. I've been using this lead pointer for my Rapid Pro 2.0 since the Steadtler is too small to fit the barrel but the blade goes dull pretty fast.

u/that_joke_explainer · 3 pointsr/pencils

If you like the design, I'd say the Pentel Kerry.

u/shott85 · 0 pointsr/pencils

My favorite mech pencil of all time.

Doesn't have cushioned lead, but the .9 will never break. Rotate the pencil to maintain a sharp point.

u/mmmsoap · 2 pointsr/pencils

That one is just fine, but this one is by the same company and has the lead pointers on the side (in case you're using a 2 mm lead holder instead of a mechanical or wood case pencil).

u/LittleHelperRobot · 1 pointr/pencils

Non-mobile: Pentel Twist-Erase III

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u/InfamousLuffy · -2 pointsr/pencils

Sir, you aren't answering my question.. I meant the Pentel P205. Well is it this?

u/Josh_F_ · 1 pointr/pencils

They still make the Pentel P205... you can find it right here

u/TelxReddit · 4 pointsr/pencils

Mine is the Kum long-point sharpener. It comes with additional blades, hold pencil shavings, and are overall good quality for the price.

The only con is that the cover can be broken if you bend it too far back; however, this only would happen if you were purposefully putting extreme stress on it.

u/DarkDubzs · 1 pointr/pencils

What do you mean by the twist retract mechanism? What is so amazing about the ROtring? It looks so basic and unusual that it almost seems impractical, but I have never even heard of it until today so. But really, why should someone drop $40 on a pencil, this specific one? Maybe I can be convinced to order it and try it out at least, ill probably be too lazy to return it anyways so im preparing that if i go through with it, ill have spent $40 on something I may hardly use.

And the Staedtler, how is it weighted and how is it a drawback? Is it like too heavy, too light, too top heavy, bottom weighted, etc.? What exactly?

u/bidgee17 · 3 pointsr/pencils

this is what i use. it's an ok case just that one of the pockets on the inside was tearing from the seem when i stuck one of my block erasers in there. other than that no complaints.