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The Best Mechanical Pencils For Everyday Writing

The Best Mechanical Pencils For Everyday
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Whether you’re in school, working in an office, like to do DIY projects around the house, or create art in your spare time, having a mechanical pencil can make just about any job easier. Whether you splurge on one high end mechanical pencil or purchase a box with multiple pencils, these writing tools can be useful in a ‘handful’ of situations. And depending on the cushioned grip of your pencil, that hand will be well rested.

Often thought of only as a writing instrument that’s used in academic settings, mechanical pencils have a place beyond the classroom. Artists who sketch like to use mechanical pencils because they don’t require frequent sharpening like traditional pencils. Professionals, including architects, engineers, contractors, draftsman and more prefer using mechanical pencils because of their long-lasting ability. Even if your job only requires you to occasionally take notes, many people prefer the feel and look of writing with a mechanical pencil.

For those who are preparing to take on DIY jobs around the house, mechanical pencils are ideal for marking measurements, with amateur carpenters able to quickly make notes without having to worry about their traditional pencil breaking in their tool box or requiring sharpening at an inopportune time, like when you’ve finally found the perfect spot to hang your new picture.

Of course, mechanical pencils are a great option for students as well, whether they need a writing instrument that can be erased while working on STEM subjects or want to be able to make notes in the margins of essays, textbooks and class notes with the ability to erase them at a later date.

Mechanical pencils are often reusable, which makes then environmentally friendly. Made from metal or plastic instead of wood like traditional pencils, they cut down on the negative impact of deforestation, another plus for saving the trees.

So, which mechanical pencil is ‘write’ for you? We’ve got three great options to choose from.

  

1. Pentel Twist-Erase III Mechanical Pencil

Designed with a comfort, extra-soft latex free grip that makes writing all day easy on your hand, the Pentel Twist-Erase III Mechanical Pencil comes with a number of features, including an extra-large eraser (two bonus refills included), a well-balanced barrel and the option of selecting 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 0.9mm lead sizes. The 12 pencils included in each box come preloaded with Pentel Super Hi-Polymer HB lead, which writes dark and doesn’t smudge. The pencils’ only con appears to be its cap, which some customers note can easily come off, allowing the lead to fall out.

Pentel Twist-Erase III Mechanical Pencil

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2. Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Automatic Drafting Pencil

Preferred by professionals like architects and artists, the Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Automatic Drafting Pencil is worth your money. A high-end pencil, the Pentel has a chiseled metallic grip inlaid and soft latex-free pads that fight against hand fatigue. Available in 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 0.9mm options, the refillable pen comes preloaded with Pentel Super Hi-Polymer Lead and a smudge-free Z2-1 eraser. The pen has a side clip that makes it easy to attach to shirts, pockets or a binder. The pencil also boasts a dual action retractable tip, which keeps your lead safely inside the pencil when not in use, helping to cut down on breakage. One con of the pencil is that the top must be removed to expose the eraser, which can become tedious, with customers recommending purchasing a separate eraser.

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3. Paper Mate SharpWriter Mechanical Pencils

Perfect for standardized tests, the Paper Mate SharpWriter Mechanical Pencils are our most economical option, with one box including 36 #2 lead mechanical pencils. In addition to the great price, the pencils’ pros include a shock absorbing tip that reduces lead breakage and a smooth twist design that allows for more lead to be released. One con noted by customers is that the pencils aren’t designed to take lead refills, making them one-time use and environmentally unfriendly.

Paper Mate SharpWriter Mechanical Pencils

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