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(Boing Boing)   Website puts mechanical pencils through torture tests to determine which one is best. Unfortunately there is no advice about which one would look spiffiest with your plastic shirt pocket protector   (boingboing.net ) divider line 33
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2014-06-12 12:37:58 PM  
Still no replacement for the classic Scripto 1.1 mm mechanical pencil.
 
2014-06-12 03:36:46 PM  
Pentel "Quicker Clicker", early '90s model is still the best I have used.
 
2014-06-12 03:38:07 PM  
Stylus or a pen. Mechanical pencils started getting too many bubbles in the lead and that caused vibrations and squeaking; too annoying to write with.
 
2014-06-12 03:39:07 PM  
Pentel P205 is a fine and proper pencil for an engineer.
 
2014-06-12 03:49:40 PM  
I've been using one of these for a few years now:
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I think I would have a hard time using anything else.
 
2014-06-12 03:51:49 PM  
That blog sucked.
 
2014-06-12 04:00:20 PM  
Staedtler Mars 780 pencil with the thick lead.
 
2014-06-12 04:12:32 PM  
I have the Kerry. Got me through a math degree and still have it.  Recommended, would write again.
 
2014-06-12 04:13:09 PM  

Russ1642: Staedtler Mars 780 pencil with the thick lead.


Load it with HB and never worry about breaking a point again.

Load it with 2H and use it to erase serial numbers.
 
2014-06-12 04:24:56 PM  
We already know the answer to which would look spiffiest,  All of them at once.
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2014-06-12 04:35:43 PM  
What's a Shaker pencil?
 
2014-06-12 04:45:15 PM  
Who the hell wears a plastic shirt?
 
2014-06-12 04:45:50 PM  

wildcardjack: Russ1642: Staedtler Mars 780 pencil with the thick lead.

Load it with HB and never worry about breaking a point again.

Load it with 2H and use it to erase serial numbers.


The darkest I've been able to find is 2B. Works great.
 
2014-06-12 04:49:42 PM  
I'm using a Lamy since ... *pfft* ... about 20 years. Aluminum, wooden handle, previous model of this one. Never disappointed me, but i also didn't throw it in a washer or let a car ran over it. I also had some cheaper Rotrings then, but the Lamy is one of my closest friends for years... ^^
 
2014-06-12 04:54:40 PM  
I actually use one of the tested pencils: Uni Alpha Gel HD Shaka Shaker Pencil, although I use the clicker version. The grip is fantastically comfortable. I've had mine for the past 3 years. I really can't go back to anything else.
 
2014-06-12 05:12:40 PM  

Sasquach: Pentel P205 is a fine and proper pencil for an engineer.


I only use red pen because we engineers never make mistakes...
 
2014-06-12 05:45:07 PM  
The pentel twist erase 3 is the best damn pencil out there. Huge twist out eraser, and when erasing, it doesn't extend the lead out. Metal tip too.
 
2014-06-12 06:00:43 PM  

Need a Dispenser Here: Sasquach: Pentel P205 is a fine and proper pencil for an engineer.

I only use red pen because we engineers never make mistakes...


Red pens are for correcting mistakes.
 
2014-06-12 06:01:03 PM  
You can take my .3 mm mech pencil when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

/will grudgingly use a .5 mm
 
2014-06-12 06:02:26 PM  
I've been in love with the Pentel Twist-Erase for some time now, and have been using the same two units for over 10 years (since college).  The only problem is, it's getting harder to find materials for them.

I always take the clip off:

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2014-06-12 06:38:05 PM  
Papermate Sharpwriter disposables, biatchasses.

Usually on sale at one of the office store chains for like $1 per five-pack, and you never have to deal with clicking or reloading lead.
 
2014-06-12 07:00:55 PM  
Mechanical pencils are for chumps. Mirado Black Warriors or GTFO.
 
2014-06-12 07:00:59 PM  
Really? Not a single Alvin in that test? Psh
 
2014-06-12 08:50:46 PM  
List fails without the Paper Mate Titanium .5mm.

/Or my previous favorite, the Pentel P205 .5mm.
 
2014-06-12 09:50:24 PM  
I have a silver and a black Rotring 600.  Both with B lead.  Love 'em.
 
2014-06-12 10:04:14 PM  

Embden.Meyerhof: I've been in love with the Pentel Twist-Erase for some time now, and have been using the same two units for over 10 years (since college).  The only problem is, it's getting harder to find materials for them.

I always take the clip off:

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This, but the .9mm version.
 
2014-06-12 10:17:10 PM  

Russ1642: Staedtler Mars 780 pencil with the thick lead.


I still have mine from high school drafting, but it isn't a pencil.  It is a leadholder.
 
2014-06-13 12:13:23 AM  
No love for the .9mm pencils? We used them for filling out coding forms and printer output forms.
 
2014-06-13 02:34:41 AM  
Wait, pencils with a pocket protector?  Subby missed a mental step somewhere in there.
 
2014-06-13 06:10:48 AM  

Kwai Lo: Russ1642: Staedtler Mars 780 pencil with the thick lead.

I still have mine from high school drafting, but it isn't a pencil.  It is a leadholder.


Yep. With a lead you could stab a moose to death with.

/slowly
//mmmm, ammonia fumes
///pretty sure I still have my T-square in storage somewhere
 
2014-06-13 08:25:07 AM  

Embden.Meyerhof: I've been in love with the Pentel Twist-Erase for some time now, and have been using the same two units for over 10 years (since college).  The only problem is, it's getting harder to find materials for them.

I always take the clip off:


I love these and have hoarded them. The new ones are janky.

As an accountant who uses pencils everyday, I have never used a better one.
 
2014-06-13 08:46:47 AM  

Russ1642: Staedtler Mars 780 pencil with the thick lead.


Caran D'Ache fixpencil: http://www1.carandache.com/m/l-office/fixpencil/index.lbl?lang=en">ht tp://www1.carandache.com/m/l-office/fixpencil/index.lbl?lang=en

A lead holder like the Staedtler but make from aluminum and with a better tapered body.
 
2014-06-13 10:20:36 AM  

Sasquach: Pentel P205 is a fine and proper pencil for an engineer.


And the cheapest pencil you can buy.
 
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