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#1 kolakhan

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 16:11

Hello everybody,
I like writing with pencils. Presently I am writing with Staedtler 925 25 and Uni Kuru Toga. It will be nice to know about your favourite pencils and, in the meantime, gain some expert opinions about mechanical pencils. Posted Image

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 16:57

Parker 51 pencil... sometimes a Vacumatic pencil
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#3 Conan the Grammarian

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 17:21

I generally stick to mechanical pencils of whatever brand is at hand for ease of carrying and the fact that they don't need to be sharpened.

However, I have lately been sampling wooden pencils and have settled on two brands.

I like the Rhodia pencils, especially for their styling. The black wood and ferule on the orange body make the pencil stand out sitting on a desk. The writing is good, way better than most wooden pencils, but not quite outstanding.

I like the Palomino Blackwing pencils. They both write great, but the regular Blackwing (the black one) doesn't hold a point at all. The 602 is much better at holding a point. I really like the square ferule and removeable eraser. In fact, I learned what a ferule is from an article on the Blackwing.

And I highly recommend the Kum longpoint sharpener if you're going to use wooden pencils.

Edited by Conan the Grammarian, 12 March 2012 - 17:21.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 17:23

I love pencils!

Currently carrying a Waterman Carène 0.7mm propelling pencil in Coral, a Faber Castell 1.4mm kids' propelling pencil, and my gardening pencil, the Kaweco Alu-Ei 3.2mm clutch pencil.

Favourites? that Faber Castell kids' propelling pencil, Conway Stewart Nippy, Sheaffer Intrigue, Waterman Carène and Exception, Parker 45 and Frontier, Staedtler Graphite 925 25-20, Pentel Graphgear 1000 0.9mm, and a couple of old-style Rotring pencils: the pocket-friendly 600 0.7mm and the Esprit telescopic 0.7mm. I've got a lovely Wearever stripey marble one on my desk I like very much; no idea what model it is. And I like the Sheaffer Imperial-sized pencils with their 0.9mm leads. A change is as good as a rest...

Least favourite pencil I own would have to be the Faber Castell e-motion; shape and weight don't feel right for me.

I like to think there's a special room in hell for the people who manufacture those pound-shop woodcase pencils with leads which are either broken, or so loose that they push right out of the woodcase! :bonk:


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 19:05

Depending on what I'm writing, either a Staedtler Mars Lumograph 4H, a Staedtler Noris 2H or a Staedtler WOPEX 2B. I've also a Staedtler Mars technico 788 C with H lead, but I don't use it too often. :) I don't like mechanical pencils at all. :glare:

The wasp-like Staedtler Noris will always be close to my heart: the red-topped HB model has been a companion since the first days of school - they're bloody good pencils!

I'm Staedtler through-and-through! - I won't even name the other pencil companies of Middle Franconia... :glare: He-he! :lol:

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 19:18

Dixon Ticonderoga number 2, but I use it with humility and a sense of ever increasing inferiority as I read through this thread.


(Fortunately the pencil keeps pretending everything is ok).

;)

#7 UncleJoe420

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 19:51

I use a Wörther Shorty clutch pencil most of the time...
"Is this thing on??"

#8 penrivers

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 19:55

[quote name='cellmatrix' timestamp='1331579912' post='2279850']
Dixon Ticonderoga number 2, but I use it with humility and a sense of ever increasing inferiority as I read through this thread.


(Fortunately the pencil keeps pretending everything is ok).

;)
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Dixon Ticonderoga #2 too, Berol turquoise 5H, Pentech # 2 (pure.color wash), Pelikan triangular medium,Clicksters 0.7 mm #2 mechanical pencils,berol mirados 0.7mmm and many chiperis you can find in Walmart, office depot, office supplies, and office max.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 21:12

I have been using wood case pencils since forever. I still like them for quick notes here at the PC monitor, in the kitchen for additions to the grocery list, etc. My favorites are Papermate "American Naturals," HB 2. With no paint or exterior coating, they are easy to sharpen and hold a good point for a long while. - I also have a Palomino "Blackwing" at hand. I got a few from an FPNer to try them out. I find they are okay, but the lead is just too soft for me. I will have to try the harder lead.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 21:25

Parker 21 blue with chrome trim{inverted clip}..


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 21:59

As I just hate wooden pencils - I stick to my Lamy Scribble .7, my Pentel Sharp .7, and my two sketch pencils made by JEB, a 5mm and 3mm.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 22:10

Two I've used today are my Parker 51 signet pencil and a Kaweco clutch, sketch pencil with 2mm lead. The other one on my desk right now is my Retro 51 Sudoku pencil.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 22:41

I'm using my little 'multipen' and pencil from Jetpens!
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#14 hbquikcomjamesl

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 23:27

From Joan Hughes, PL/I Structured Programming, glossary entry:

Optimist A programmer who codes in ink.

I code in ink.
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Blacky minky, Bottle of ink!
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#15 Parker51

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 23:33

A Whal-Eversharp, Gold filled with Engine Turning, Check Pattern.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 00:18

I often carry mechanical pencils as a set with some pens (Eversharp Skyline, Waterman Crusader, Scheaffer Valiant, and others). I always have a mechanical pencil at hand in my bag, for use whenever I need one : it's a Scripto (the classic one from the sixties).

Most of the time, for daily purposes, I have been using a wooden Rhodia pencil, this one :

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I only use it for very short notes. So it lasts long. But it is getting much shorter with time.


For drawing with graphite, I use mainly Staedlers and Progresso.

#17 kolakhan

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:13

I often carry mechanical pencils as a set with some pens (Eversharp Skyline, Waterman Crusader, Scheaffer Valiant, and others). I always have a mechanical pencil at hand in my bag, for use whenever I need one : it's a Scripto (the classic one from the sixties).

Most of the time, for daily purposes, I have been using a wooden Rhodia pencil, this one :

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I only use it for very short notes. So it lasts long. But it is getting much shorter with time.


For drawing with graphite, I use mainly Staedlers and Progresso.


Rhodia pencils are not available in Kolkata, India. Posted Image
Fortunately, Staedtler Mars micros are available here. I generally use them.

#18 kolakhan

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:15

I'm using my little 'multipen' and pencil from Jetpens!
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nice pictures. and... nice multipen.Posted Image

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:17

From Joan Hughes, PL/I Structured Programming, glossary entry:

Optimist A programmer who codes in ink.

I code in ink.

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#20 kolakhan

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:43

I have been using wood case pencils since forever. I still like them for quick notes here at the PC monitor, in the kitchen for additions to the grocery list, etc. My favorites are Papermate "American Naturals," HB 2. With no paint or exterior coating, they are easy to sharpen and hold a good point for a long while. - I also have a Palomino "Blackwing" at hand. I got a few from an FPNer to try them out. I find they are okay, but the lead is just too soft for me. I will have to try the harder lead.


Have you tried Staedtler norica?Posted Image
I like them.






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