Lamy Scribble

I don’t have much to say about the Lamy Scribble, and please be prepared for many sentences with one comma. It is a black writing instrument that comes in a ballpoint pen, 0.7mm mechanical pencil, and a 3.15mm drafting pencil. The mechanical pencil is better for people with larger handwriting, as most 0.7 pencils are, and is relatively short. If you have big hands, this pencil may be a little difficult to hold. The clip is removable, and there is a lead cap on the back that is hard to take off of the pencil. It is short, and requires effort to pull out of the back of the pencil. It feels nice in your hand with no slick feeling, but more of a matte one. The only real downside to this writing instrument is that the eraser is small and does not work very well, and should only be used in an emergency. The pencil grows in diameter towards the middle, and this creates a nice feeling in the user’s hand. This pen costs roughly 30 dollars, and I give it 3.5 stars. It is a nice addition to my collection.

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Kaweco Sketchup

The Kaweco Sketch Up is unlike any pencil that I have ever used before. It is a clutch pencil, meaning that when you press and hold the button the lead falls out of the body. You must push the lead to your desired length and then let go of the button. The lead is 5.6 millimeters thick, making thick lines for sketching and drawing. A sharpener is in the lead cap, and the metal body is very shiny if you get the Brilliant version. You have to unscrew the cap to access the sharpener and, in doing so, you might accidentally start unscrewing the whole mechanism! (I did that multiple times.) This pencil is not the best for writing, but since it is made for sketching, that does not really matter. It is very heavy and the body is thick and short, which does not make it easy to hold. The metal is slick, which is not very good if you have sweaty hands (like the Retro ’51 Tornado) and the sharpener does not work very well. On the upside, the lines are thick and good for people who draw and write in large pictures or handwriting. This mechanical pencil also looks amazing. People really wanted to see it and use it when I first showed them. This clutch pencil costs roughly $30. The refills are also slightly pricey, at three for $5. Overall, it is a nice pencil for sketching but is a bit overpriced and writes very thick. I give it three stars because it is very short and a little hard to handle, but it draws and writes very nicely. This is an okay addition to my collection.FullSizeRender (16).jpg

Pentel GraphGear 1000

With its unique clip and snazzy lead grade indicator, this is definitely one of my top five mechanical/drafting pencils. The Pentel GraphGear 1000 is a pencil with a great weight for writing, and an amazing grip. The grip is made of two materials. One is metal, and one is rubber. The metal part of this pencil’s grip is much like that of the Uni Kuru Toga Roulette model, as it is made up of many tiny triangular prisms. There are 24 rubber ovals that are different colors depending on the size lead the pencil holds. I have the 0.3 model, and the rubber ovals are brown. The 0.4 is green, 0.5 is grey, 0.7 is blue, and 0.9 is yellow. One of the most distinctive features on this pencil is the clip. The clip is made to clip onto things small and large, and to make the lead sleeve retract back into the pencil. When you push back on the top of the clip, its ability to clip onto larger items increases, and the bottom of the clip gets further away from the body of the pencil. If the lead sleeve is out, the bottom of the clip is in a hole in the pencil. When you push the top of the clip, the piece that is in the pencil comes out, releasing the lead storage pipe to slide back up to where it naturally rests. It is complicated, but a great contraption if you carry this pencil in your pocket, for it is impossible to be poked by the tip of the lead or lead sleeve. The lead grade indicator twists along with the grip, so to turn it, you must turn the grip too. The eraser is small, like in most drafting pencils, and has a clean out rod to help with tiny bits of lead that get stuck in the tip. (Clean out rod only in 0.3 and 0.4 Graphgear 1000). The 0.3 lead is nice, because I have small handwriting and it provides the perfect line weight. Overall, I give this pencil a perfect 5 star review. It has no downsides besides the tiny lead grade indicator dilemma, and is a great addition to my collection.

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Next Up: Lamy Pico

Top 5 Mechanical Pencil Companies

#1. Pilot

My top 2 mechanical pencils are made by Pilot, so why choose any other company?

#2. rOtring

Number 3 and number 4 are made by rOtring!

#3. Papermate

The pencils that they make are quality, and they work well! The can also have interesting special features.

#4. Uni Ball

I’ve only had one pencil, the Kuru Toga Roulette, but it was really good.

#5. Zebra

They make good pencils and I’ve tried them.

Next Up: Kaweco Liliput

 

 

My Top 10 Mechanical Pencils

#1. Pilot Automac

The thing that really did it for this pencil was the grip. I don’t know why it was so good, but it was.

#2. Dr. Grip Purewhite Shaker

Same as the last. The grip was awesome. I also liked the shaker mechanism. This would be #1 if the other one wasn’t automatic.

#3. rOtring Rapid Pro

Although the grip was a bit razorlike, it was still good, and the weight is PERFECT!!!

#4. rOtring 600

Pretty much the same thing as the last one, not quite as good but good enough to make the chart.

#5. Uni Kuru Toga Roulette

The lead turning mechanism was great. End of story.

#6. rOtring Tikky

For some reason, the click felt super satisfying. The grip was also good.

#7. Papermate PhD Ultra

Great grip, great weight, and the triangle shape of the grip felt good in your hands.

#8. Zebra Delguard

Even though the star rating was bad, the pencil looks really good and has gotten better over the days.

#9. Papermate Comfortmate Ultra

Good grip, and the hourglass shape was nice. The range of colors was also good.

#10. Papermate PhD Multi

The only reason that this is behind the PhD Ultra is that you could tell that the pencil was low quality. It did the job, though, and the other pens are helpful.

RUNNERS UP:

Zebra M-301

Pentel  Smash

Sheaffer Pen+Pencil Set*

*I did not put this in the real thing because of the set, it is not a pen or pencil, but both separately.

Next Up: Top 5 Mechanical Pencil Companies

Pilot Automac

I take back what I said about the other Pilot pencil I tried, the Dr. Grip. I stated: “The Pilot Dr. Grip Purewhite Shaker mechanical pencil is by far the best mechanical pencil that I have ever used.” Now I have found another, and the two pencils are not even CLOSE!! The Pilot Automac  is a mechanical pencil costing roughly 20-80 dollars (sorry for the wide range, I found both prices) and it is so much better than any of the pencils I have ever used, I can’t even express it. The grip looks like it may be uncomfortable if you see the pencil in a picture, but when you hold it the grip is amazing. It is super comfortable and is great for writing for long periods of time. The Automac is a perfect weight, not so heavy that your hand gets tired and not so light that it is hard to control. The pencil looks professional and for some reason the tip looks very cool. When you give the button a big click, it clicks like a pen! Then you have to use smaller clicks to get the lead out farther. BUT… you don’t have to click the button more than once or twice in a writing period. There is a mechanism where once the lead gets too short, the tip gets pressed like a button by your force pressing down on the paper. Once this button is pressed, the lead extends! So this pencil requires little to no button pressing while writing for a long time.

I recommend this pencil to anybody willing to spend 20-25 bucks on a mechanical pencil. It is THE NICEST addition to my pencil collection. Overall, this is a five star pencil and I would give it more if I could!

P.S. The next post I make will be my top 10 mechanical pencil of all time and a few runner-ups, and after that will be my favorite mechanical pencil companies of all time!* At least one of these posts will probably be out by tomorrow,  May Twenty Sixth.

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