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#21 lovemy51

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:50

glad someone started one of these "what you are using today" pencil thread. thx kolakhan!

today... wood case pencil: musgrave HB and for MP: kurutoga roulette .5mm silver body.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:09

There's only one I like: Mars technico 780 C. Bit annoying, having to sharpen it all the time, but it's comfortable to write with and the 2mm lead means it doesn't break too often. I do get annoyed when people expect it to have a spring inside to let the lead out in increments though…always take a bit of lead out for them before handing it over…

IMO, Staedtler's mechanical pencils look ridiculous — only the lead holders suit my tastes. The Pilot lead holders look and feel worse (too thick; can't stand the curvature), but the mechanical pencils look much better…

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:52

Rhodia pencils are not available in Kolkata, India. Posted Image

Are they not cost-effective bought over the internet? :unsure:

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:11

IMO, Staedtler's mechanical pencils look ridiculous — only the lead holders suit my tastes.

Some mechanical pencils do look self-consciously "technical": definitely trying too hard. So I was initially put off the Staedtler 925 25 20 by its looks, and the fixed leadpipes on the smaller lead versions are an accident waiting to happen, but the 2mm one is great in terms of function; I love that long grip that goes nice and close to the business end, and it's extremely tolerant of the small variations you find in lead diameter, whereas I find 2mm leadholders I've used more finnicky. I have one 2mm leadholder (Criterium 2603) that won't use anything fatter than a 1.8mm lead!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:10

IMO, Staedtler's mechanical pencils look ridiculous — only the lead holders suit my tastes.

Some mechanical pencils do look self-consciously "technical": definitely trying too hard. So I was initially put off the Staedtler 925 25 20 by its looks, and the fixed leadpipes on the smaller lead versions are an accident waiting to happen, but the 2mm one is great in terms of function; I love that long grip that goes nice and close to the business end, and it's extremely tolerant of the small variations you find in lead diameter, whereas I find 2mm leadholders I've used more finnicky. I have one 2mm leadholder (Criterium 2603) that won't use anything fatter than a 1.8mm lead!


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#26 kolakhan

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:12

Rhodia pencils are not available in Kolkata, India. Posted Image

Are they not cost-effective bought over the internet? :unsure:


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 13:59

Usually the Koh-I-Noor 1860 graphite pencils 4B.

Sometimes, I use the Koh-I-Noor woodless graphite pencils 4B. Normally used for sketching, this pencils are fantastic for everyday use. For me, Koh-I-Noor (EU made) are the best graphite pencils.

Edited by aawhite, 13 March 2012 - 14:01.

I only have two pens -  an Aurora Optima and others.


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 14:16

Today: a Mitsubishi Hi-Uni HB and a Palomino Blackwing 602. I also like the Tombow Mono 100 HB.

I use Staedtler 8Bs to write on the back of paper I'm developing in the darkroom.

#29 kolakhan

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 14:41

I also like the Tombow Mono 100 HB.


Tombow Mono, as far as I know, is quite expensive! It is also highly praised.Posted Image

By the way, some very good and informative links about pencils:
http://www.penciltalk.org/ [A very informative site about pencils, notebooks,...]
http://davesmechanic...ls.blogspot.in/ [A treasure trove for mechanical pencil enthusiasts]





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Posted 13 March 2012 - 16:02

Palomino Blackwing 602.
Erring; for he with this rebellious rout Fell long before; nor aught aviled him now To have built in Heaven high towers; nor did he scape By all his engines, but was headlong sent With his industrious crew, to build in Hell

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 20:59

Hi, I WANT to be writing with an old Sheaffer flat top pencil that I bought the other day, but I have no lead. I think it takes 1.1 (0.9 is too small). Does anyone use these, and if so, can you point me to the right lead to buy? (I'm about to order the Autopoint leads on amazon, but don't know if that's right.)

Instead, since I'm working from home today, I'm using my daughter's BIC Velocity! :roflmho:

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 21:11

Hi, I WANT to be writing with an old Sheaffer flat top pencil that I bought the other day, but I have no lead. I think it takes 1.1 (0.9 is too small). Does anyone use these, and if so, can you point me to the right lead to buy? (I'm about to order the Autopoint leads on amazon, but don't know if that's right.)

Instead, since I'm working from home today, I'm using my daughter's BIC Velocity! :roflmho:

1.1mm? or 1.18mm?
1.18mm is the standard diameter of lead used in the very old pencils, of many brands, if not all. Other than ebay bargains, the most economical way of buying it for me has been the Yard-O-Led tube which contains a whole yard of leads: 12 x 3" lengths. In the UK I'd go here for it (no affiliation).


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 21:20

1.1mm? or 1.18mm?
1.18mm is the standard diameter of lead used in the very old pencils, of many brands, if not all. Other than ebay bargains, the most economical way of buying it for me has been the Yard-O-Led tube which contains a whole yard of leads: 12 x 3" lengths. In the UK I'd go here for it (no affiliation).


Uh-oh. I said 1.1 because someone said that was probably what it was in another thread. Also I'd seen a couple of similar pens for sale on some of the pen websites and at least one of them said it took 1.1, but I don't really know anything except that 0.9 is too small. Better hold off until I figure something more definitive out.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 22:14

1.1mm? or 1.18mm?
1.18mm is the standard diameter of lead used in the very old pencils, of many brands, if not all. Other than ebay bargains, the most economical way of buying it for me has been the Yard-O-Led tube which contains a whole yard of leads: 12 x 3" lengths. In the UK I'd go here for it (no affiliation).


Uh-oh. I said 1.1 because someone said that was probably what it was in another thread. Also I'd seen a couple of similar pens for sale on some of the pen websites and at least one of them said it took 1.1, but I don't really know anything except that 0.9 is too small. Better hold off until I figure something more definitive out.

Up until the late 40s, the commonly used lead diameter was actually 0.046 inches, which when I do the maths is 1.17mm, but anyway it's usually called 1.18mm, though 1.18mm lead is often rounded down in correspondence and on product labels to 1.1mm, or occasionally rounded up to 1.2mm.

So when people say 1.1mm lead it's more than likely they're referring to the 0.046 inch/1.18mm stuff, as in the case of Pendemonium, who state "1.1mm = 0.046 inches" ... having said which, according to mechanical pencil Dave, "but sometimes 1.1mm is really 1.1mm as distinct from 1.18mm", which is not at all helpful. Though he does also say "if 0.9mm is too slim for your [vintage Parker 52] pencil then it's almost certainly 1.18mm".

There was an old lead diameter of just about 1.0mm, referred to as type M, but that was far less common. Pendemonium have apparently been known to stock it.

In your shoes, I'd bet the price of a yard of lead that it was the 1.18mm your hungry Sheaffer's crying out for.

Edited by impossiblebird, 13 March 2012 - 22:18.


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:40

1.1mm? or 1.18mm?
1.18mm is the standard diameter of lead used in the very old pencils, of many brands, if not all. Other than ebay bargains, the most economical way of buying it for me has been the Yard-O-Led tube which contains a whole yard of leads: 12 x 3" lengths. In the UK I'd go here for it (no affiliation).


Uh-oh. I said 1.1 because someone said that was probably what it was in another thread. Also I'd seen a couple of similar pens for sale on some of the pen websites and at least one of them said it took 1.1, but I don't really know anything except that 0.9 is too small. Better hold off until I figure something more definitive out.

Up until the late 40s, the commonly used lead diameter was actually 0.046 inches, which when I do the maths is 1.17mm, but anyway it's usually called 1.18mm, though 1.18mm lead is often rounded down in correspondence and on product labels to 1.1mm, or occasionally rounded up to 1.2mm.

So when people say 1.1mm lead it's more than likely they're referring to the 0.046 inch/1.18mm stuff, as in the case of Pendemonium, who state "1.1mm = 0.046 inches" ... having said which, according to mechanical pencil Dave, "but sometimes 1.1mm is really 1.1mm as distinct from 1.18mm", which is not at all helpful. Though he does also say "if 0.9mm is too slim for your [vintage Parker 52] pencil then it's almost certainly 1.18mm".

There was an old lead diameter of just about 1.0mm, referred to as type M, but that was far less common. Pendemonium have apparently been known to stock it.

In your shoes, I'd bet the price of a yard of lead that it was the 1.18mm your hungry Sheaffer's crying out for.


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:43

After today I'll be using my old GREEN pentel Sharp!!! Yay I found it! It's been lost since last summer. Where did I leave it? In the pocket of my shorts I wore last! :roflmho: Found it earlier tonight! Yeeha!!

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:49

After today I'll be using my old GREEN pentel Sharp!!! Yay I found it! It's been lost since last summer. Where did I leave it? In the pocket of my shorts I wore last! :roflmho: Found it earlier tonight! Yeeha!!

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:35

today: zebra multi-function 4BP colors+1pencil

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:32

Uni Kuru Toga, Pentel P205 and a wooden pencil from China, Chung Hwa HB pencil.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 13:22

i use a pencil more than a fountain pen.

Usually i use one of the graf von faber perfect pencils , today it is the first style , silver plate with no sharpener

i also use the a couple of GvFC pencils , the guilloche , and III






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