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    Mechanical Pencils

    Which mechanical pencil do you guys use and why?

    The reason I ask is because the one I use is braking down and Im thinking of getting a new one...but...would it matter which one you use? Lets say you have a $15 mechanical pencil, and then you have a $2 mechanical pencil...what's the difference. One costs more, but thats it. It's not like the type of pencil is going to do wonders for your artwork right? The only difference is the weight of the lead and size.

    What pencil(s) do you guys recommend?

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    I recommend this one

    http://www.jomashop.com/montblanc-167.html


    in all seriousness, I'm curious what (if any) difference there is. I only have 1 that works fine.

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    u got to be kidding me...200$ for a mech. pencil?!

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    I use a 4 dollar one I think. I use 4b in it.
    It got like a little supsension so its really cool and feels nice when you draw.

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    Profil, can you post a pic of it?

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    lol why would anyone pay that much for a pencil, all you need is like a stadetler mech pencil. even nathan campbell uses like the bic ones i think and those are like 10 for a dollar sometimes.

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    just get one that's got a nice comfy grip so you'll never wanna let go.
    ...and ones with suspension are nice too...but not really necessary...

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    i prefer not using mechanical, to me it doesn't have a natural feel of a pencil.
    i mean i think my drawings come out looking much better when i use a regular Tichonderoga #2 wooden pencil. it feels great, and i like my drawings that come out using that.

    and i would not be stupid enough to buy a $200 mech. pencil....no one would...

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    its not really necessary but my dad picked it up, I liked it and I use it. Feels smoother.

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    I use a Pilot Super Grip 0.5

    got it from work 3 years ago, and I've used it daily for both writing notes and drawing. It still works and shows no signs of breaking down..

    It's a very comfortable pencil in my oppinion. I think it costs something like 4$. Try it out..



    Btw, mines yellow and very dirty, not black and shiny like the one in the pic...

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    I haven't found a mechanical pencil that beats my Alvin Draf/tec-Retrac. I've them in .3, .5, and .7 mm versions. They have a nice grip, I like the weight, the barrel is retractable, and the barrel is long enough to allow proper use of stencils and raised rulers etc. All of those things are important to me. None of them are essential, but they're nice extras.

    I also like the fat Ph.D mechanical pencil. The belly is huge. It holds almost a fill container of leads. It also has a twist up eraser that uses the same fills from an advanceable click-style eraser. I've started getting used to having two inches of serious quality white eraser right there at the end of my pencil. Either way, I just use the bulky Phd mechanical when I'm away from the studio. At home, it's my assorted alvins along with a backup fleet of Staedtler wood encased old timers.

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    If I'm gunna pay $200 for a pencil, it better be made of enchanted gilded silver and give blowjobs...

    Oskar, I use the Sanford Pro-Touch II, which apparently is now the Paper Mate Pro-touch. It comes in .3mm .5mm .7mm and .9mm. I really like the .3mm's for thier rediculously tiny lead (good for detailing robots) although they're rare these days, I snatch up all of them when I find them. They are fantastic in my opinion because of thier good weight, solid design, and the eraser is the best one I've ever seen on a mechanical pencil, extending when twisted, eliminating the need to change the thing every damn day.

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    heh. this is going to sound like a joke but, it's called...

    Draftmatic .5 and .3

    I really like the design of the pencil and I've been using it since 95.


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    This is mine. It's 2mm and I use 4B leads.


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    I'm just using a regular 0.5 mechanical pencil. If you want to get technical on me, it's a Pentel Forte 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil. It's always different though, since I lose them sometimes. I can't stand those cheap 0.7mm Bic mechanical pencils though. The erasers smear like crazy and they feel flimsy.

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    Oskar, I use the Sanford Pro-Touch II, which apparently is now the Paper Mate Pro-touch. It comes in .3mm .5mm .7mm and .9mm. I really like the .3mm's for thier rediculously tiny lead (good for detailing robots) although they're rare these days, I snatch up all of them when I find them. They are fantastic in my opinion because of thier good weight, solid design, and the eraser is the best one I've ever seen on a mechanical pencil, extending when twisted, eliminating the need to change the thing every damn day.
    Same here, although i prefer .5 mm version, .3 is too damn tiny.
    Very solid design, love the eraser. The only drawback is that the front is so heavy because of the steel grip, that if you drop it, nearly always falls on that tiny tip, and i already have bent it on more then one occasion. Good thing i can bent it back. This pencil cost me 12 bucks at Utrecht, definitely worth that much.

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    where can you get 2B and 4b and leads in those lines?? I only see HB around...

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    Hmm I use a cheapo BIC Matic Grip 0.5mm and 0.7mm HB mechanical pencil for all my artwork. I use the mechanical pencils for sharp outlines and rendering it gives me a better control over regular wooden pencil. I still use wooden pencils mainly for darkening areas. Sure rendering takes longer with a mechanical pencil but the end effect is pretty cool.

    I knew an artist that couldn't touch wooden pencil cause he was allergic to it, so he would only use mechanical pencils and pen.

    damn only a gold plated rings, so expensive, you can get alot of happy meals for 200 bucks.

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    ha ha, bic, that's so cheap...
    i see alot of fancy high quality mech. pencil around these days that sell for $20 or more.

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    Yeah it's cheap but it gets the job done, remember tools don't make the artist.

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    i use bic also... im going to search for some 4b lead next time i go to an art store i wonder if thats as high as the leads go in mechs

    does the 4b leads break way easier then the normal leads that usually come in most mechs? seeing as its softer lead i think they would break terribly easy

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    Bic baby..

    im just cheap.

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    My favorite lately has been a 0.9mm SumoGrip, strong leads that are less likely to snap during a fast gesture. It was something like $3.50 at Utrecht a few weeks ago. I need to find more dark leads; I like the 0.5mm SumoGrip, too, but if I find the hard HB leads score the paper too much.

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    staedler leadholders and standford mech pencils. they both have a good eight to them, anything lighter and my heavy hand would tear the paper every time i made a line

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    I use a Staedtler Leadholder and a Pentel Graphgear 1000 Mechanical pencil, which I love so much because of the weight and the grip, but I have to admit it is somehow a caprice . In any case, a mechanical pencil with a nice grip would be enough... a cheap bic... an expensive montblanc... whatever, but (at least for me) it should have a nice grip!

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    i use a draftmatic .5 too, i like the wieght of it. and its not that expensive. i mainly use it for lines and really dark areas. i mainly use regular wood pencils.

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