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Hey Riven Phoenix is using this mechanical pencil which works like a wooden pencil except it has a metal/mechanical body. Can someone point me out which brand it is or any brand that does these types of pencils?
Check out this YouTube video to see what the pencil look's like:
It's called a lead holder or a clutch pencil.
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I have always wanted to try a lead holder. More specifically for usage of those colored lead sticks I've heard of. Have not seen any of late, though.
Colored leads for clutch pencils are very hard to find, because I don't think they make them anymore. I got mine from a Russian guy who has an art supply shop on eBay.I have always wanted to try a lead holder. More specifically for usage of those colored lead sticks I've heard of. Have not seen any of late, though.
This is the set of 6 colored clutch pencils that I bought -- they're beautiful:
KOH-I-NOOR 2MM COLOR CLUTCH PENCILS SET
The color lead refills are here:
KOH-I-NOOR SPARE 2MM COLOR LEADS
He also sells these which are dirt cheap:
KOH-I-NOOR 3.2MM MECHANICAL PENCILS
Riven Phoenix is using a "STAEDTLER® Mars® technico 780 C".
Hope it helps.
I've found myself wondering this while I stared at these clutch pencils in the art store: If the tip of these pencils is basically the same as a traditional tip..why spend the money buying the pencil, the special sharpener, and then all the lead refills, when the actual pencils themselves aren't all that expensive?
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clutch pens= less trees need to die to make the wooden casings of regular pencils
since the body would be made of metal ( or something that looks like it) the only thing you use up would be the lead itself.
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The advantage of lead holders is that they offer the artist more versatility in shaping the lead. In a conventional wood pencil, you would have to carve through wood to shape it in certain ways. Without, you can use an X-ACTO knife, a sand block, or whatever to get the exact point desired.
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A small thing I want to ask... are lead holders commonly found in art stores? or should I look for them in a specialized place? I'm really looking forward to trying these
You should find them in any art supply store that carries any professional drawing supplies (vellum, bond pads, ellipse templates, etc.). A store that only caters to weekend painters or craft-hobbyists may not carry these.
Larger office supply stores like Staples also carry these in their drafting supply section (by the T-squares, set squares, and similar gear).
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sorry for bumping this thread again.
but I just bought the STAEDTLER® Mars® technico 780 BK" and I was wondering if anybody knew what the difference was from the STAEDTLER® Mars® technico 780 C".
I got mine mainly for portability. I can put them in my pocket and not get stabbed. And yeah, no more stubbies. Although, I must say I still prefer the feel of a wooden pencil. I use an all metal lead holder, and it has a bit of heft to it. Virtually indestructible though.
I don't think there is that much of a difference between a BK and C, as long as they hold 2mm leads you should be fine. I have a couple of them myself. One of which is over 10 years old and I believe a different model number.
Here is a site with a gallery of lead holders.
Be careful on which one you buy because you might get hairy palms! :o
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I checked the clips and he's using the Alvin B/3 2mm and the Staedtler 780 2mm, you'll need a rotary sharpener with these pencils.
Thank you, I just purchased a shed load of stuff from that ebay link.
Also I just tried Riven's Site and I can't order his DVD collection since he has been hacked. I didn't know what the collection was since someone had uploaded it to a site and just called the videos TSOM or something when I started drawing originally, some of that stuff is in my sketchbook!
Poor guy, I hope he pulls through, he says hes redoing the videos and I will be making a purchase when its available for download.
the one he uses in the video is usually a KOH-I-NOOR 5616
My fave is the Alvin "PRO_MATIC" MC5
The Staedtler are also great to have aroud and a very good value. Also if something happens to your sharpener they have one in the top of the them.
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