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Recommendation for Mechanical Pencil?
Posted 30 June 2008 - 17:30
My two favorite are on the opposite side of the spectrum cost wise.
The Montblanc Voltaire is my nicer of the two. Looks great but not practical for most folks needs of a mech. pencil.
So that leaves what is my absolute favorite......the Pentel Kerry...check it out....
Posted 30 June 2008 - 17:41
For a pencil which has a usable eraser, I like the Staedtler 9505 Integrity. It comes in a two pack which my local Staples stocks. This is the pencil I buy to keep in all my bags & in random places. The Pentel SideFX has a large eraser & a side advance, so that might be a good choice too, but I've never used it (I used to use the original Pentel Twist Erase & the new version of that might be worth a look too).
Posted 01 July 2008 - 03:32
Thanks for all the suggestions - really, you are among the most helpful web communities that I have ever seen.
I wanted to edit my original post but the responses came so quickly that I didn't have time to get to a computer so I'll make my additions here:
She's a physics student, and wants something that she can carry around in her pocket or backpack, depending on her mood. That's why the large eraser was important. She finds that she always forgets about the large rubber chunk she has in her bag unless she takes it out right away, and those erasers always get lost anyway. The pentels seemed to be the best bet.
I know she thinks that my safari is the ugliest pen in my small collection.
Posted 02 July 2008 - 01:40
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Posted 02 July 2008 - 06:39
The nicest for me is Yard o Led range, particularly the classics.
Straight roads do not make skilled drivers
Posted 02 July 2008 - 08:08
Ergonomic & unusual ~ I got the thick lead version I was disappointed in the lead quality but the 0.5 would have no problems at all
That pencil looks very interesting, but all I see is a 0.7 and a 3.15 (what?). I only use 0.5 lead, where's the 0.5?
Posted 02 July 2008 - 08:21
Posted 02 July 2008 - 16:02
That link above has the best picture of all of the colors available, blue, red, black and purple. I love these pencils and I stocked up on them when I couldn't find them anymore at wal-mart. You can search "papermate titanium pencil" on amazon and find sellers who are still selling them. I love the way they look, feel and the way they work. If you wanted to carry it in a pocket or a purse you can click it and push the point all the way in so it looks more like a retractable pen, but that's also so you dont poke yourself with it, or poke holes in your pocket or purse.
The Pentel Twist Erase pencils are good also, same size and same eraser function, but they don't retract the point like the Titanium pencil does.
"I took it to the bathroom first and let it rinse out"
"stuck the tip in the toilet and let the swirly water wash it (the ink) away"
My Blog: Stolen Moments - reviews of various things (mostly notebook/journals, but not very many atm)
Posted 03 July 2008 - 23:38
Already mentioned is this site. This website could be interesting too (has a forum and lot's of information about vintage pencils).
For that amount of money you can probably give her two, three or even more mechanical pencils of very good quality. In my opinion, the best mechanical pencils are made by Pentel (Graphgear series, P200/P205) .
--to be edited - she's in the room!
Consider also disposable mechanical pencils (like the Bic Matic) or cheap ones like the Pentel 120 or the Pentel Techniclick.
Posted 04 July 2008 - 14:00
Pelikan M400 with Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji
Nakaya Kuro-tame Desk Pen with Platinum Blue
Visconti Van Gogh Maxi with Aurora Black
Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:28
How about the Lamy Spirit? I'm a huge fan of these pencils, they are super slim, 0.5mm leads and durable as heck. The eraser is very long, but thin and I find it lasts a fair while. There is a small catch which can be moved down to expose more of the eraser when it gets used up. Lamy eraser refills are cheap so I find I can afford to keep all 6 of my Spirit pencils dressed in new erasers without denting my wallet.
Here's a couple that I didn't see listed;
This one's from Japan and has many of the attributes (no side click) that you mentioned. it also comes in pink
I have one of these from when they were some Sanford
Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:44
Posted 06 August 2010 - 03:16
But the one mechanical pencil that I use the most is the Uni-ball Kuru Toga. I find that the original series is more comfortable to hold than the high grade. Jetpens is now carrying an Alpha Gel version, but I haven't tried it yet. In fact I use to hate mechanical pencils, but the Kuru Toga has changed that. The rotating mechanism has made a big difference (less point breakage and little change in point size as you write). The one drawback is a very small eraser.
Posted 06 August 2010 - 05:19
But thick leads, no eraser, not slim or long, and the wooden one has no clip.
Here's their website:
You can buy direct from them, as well.
Just a thought.
Edited by Carrie, 06 August 2010 - 23:20.
Edited by Carrie to fix link.
Posted 06 August 2010 - 14:13
That's funny -- I ALWAYS thought that was what was being sung.....
p.s. I just got the pun of your screen name and it very nearly sent whiskey-and-soda flying out my nose. Well done, sir.
Posted 06 August 2010 - 15:51
For your other specifications, the Cross Century and Parker Insignia come to mind, but there are others as well; all within your price point. On the other hand, for the same budget, you can give her a set of seven modern Autopoints in different colors, plus some extra erasers and leads. When she gets your "pencil a day" gift, she will think you are a wonderful guy with a lot of imagination. That will pay untold dividends for you.