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12-11-2015 08:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question pencil marking

Sure, a pencil is a pencil is a pencil. Right? Maybe not. I’ll bet there are some of you that have a favorite style or brand, and feel put out if you have to use something different. So, whatcha got behind your ear other than that weird smelly wax stuff (that works really well for making a smudge mark, fyi, learned that from my Granddaddy). I’ve got a Pentech Pure No. 2 currently that I like, but it is quickly approaching nub status, and I need to go pencil shopping. Hence, this thread.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.


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#1 posted 12-11-2015 08:18 PM

I have always liked Dixon Ticonderoga #2s. However, the more recent editions seem to be using a harder wood and they do not sharpen as well as the old ones that seemed to be cedar.

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 08:25 PM

Pentel P205 mechanical drafting pencil. Nice, crisp lines, can run the tip right along a straight edge and choice of how hard of lead to use.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 08:27 PM

Any old #2 lead pencil will do…...

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#4 posted 12-11-2015 08:34 PM

The not so subtle favorite is the one that still has a point on it…. I often need a pencil but find that they have broken down tips.

I have come to like a mechanical. Menards (and I am sure many others) make one with a fat lead. When I need a fine line I just rub the edge on a sanding disc stuck to my notebook. I can easily make a “knife edge” lead that I can darken a scribe line with.
the lead is 2mm so it only breaks when I drop it on the floor, compared to the usual 0.5 or 0.7mm pencils the kids take to school.
Sold on the same aisle with the squares/dividers/levels and chalk lines.

I also like the Derwent pencils – - Hobby Lobby. I just get the ‘singles’ rather than the set below, (but they are black with the orange stripe) in 2H (a hard #2) especially when I am using graphite transfer paper to do Marquetry, or transfer patterns. It stays sharp longer as you trace lines. – - no erasers though.

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#5 posted 12-11-2015 08:35 PM

For writing or technical drawing I try and use mechanical pencils. For just drawing or general shop use a standard #2 works well. For rough cut lumber and construction a contractor pencil is usually what I use.

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 08:47 PM

I like any good quality 2B for a fine mark, big fat carpenter’s pencils for rough marks and a white pencil for use on dark timber.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#7 posted 12-11-2015 08:53 PM

A German classic: the Rotring 600 0,5mm

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#8 posted 12-11-2015 09:25 PM

Sharp :)

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#9 posted 12-11-2015 09:27 PM

Mechanical engineer pencil. Consistent size lines.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 12-11-2015 09:27 PM



Sharp :)

- hotbyte


Unless the boss says mark it about 27 1/8”

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#11 posted 12-11-2015 09:38 PM

On construction jobs, I switched from a standard carpenter pencil to the thicker classic pencil and never looked back.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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#12 posted 12-11-2015 09:45 PM



On construction jobs, I switched from a standard carpenter pencil to the thicker classic pencil and never looked back.

- Stewbot


You mean like the ones they made us have when we were kids? Hadn’t considered that option.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#13 posted 12-11-2015 09:52 PM


On construction jobs, I switched from a standard carpenter pencil to the thicker classic pencil and never looked back.

- Stewbot

You mean like the ones they made us have when we were kids? Hadn t considered that option.

- CB_Cohick

Yeah like the typical round school pencil, but slightly larger. .28” vs .35” to be exact. I get them at Lowes, love em.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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#14 posted 12-11-2015 09:52 PM

A clutch-type 2mm drafting pencil (technically it’s a “lead holder” but I digress :)). Mine’s about 60 years old and I picked it up from a retiring architect at a church yard sale. He told me the story of how it was a gift from his parents when he left for college. I practically begged him to keep it but he said he’d rather someone use it than it set in a box in his basement until he died then get thrown in the trash. Funny how something as seemingly insignificant as a pencil obtained by chance from someone you don’t know from Adam can become something integral to everyday life.

Enough sappy crap though! The reason I like it so much is that you can shape the lead most any form you need for whatever task is at hand. And, the 2mm lead is strong enough that you can extend it out to get into hard to reach places. It balances well on the ear too so I don’t loose it… well I don’t loose it a lot.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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CB_Cohick

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#15 posted 12-11-2015 09:58 PM

Pencils like yours are hard to come by, Kenny. Great story.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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