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Forum topic by TurbineTester posted 12-10-2010 04:13 PM 6886 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TurbineTester

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12-10-2010 04:13 PM

I’m an engineer, so my marking tool of preference is a mechanical pencil…so i stumbled across this in a Wired article about Christmas gifts for the geek who has it all.

http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1291990165&sr=8-1

The pencil is different because there is a bearing mechanism in it that keeps the chisel point from forming by rotating the lead as you write…Thought it was cool.

Enjoy!

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.


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jusfine

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#1 posted 12-10-2010 05:03 PM

That is a great idea.

I also use a mechanical pencil most of the time, usually the blue Staetdler (spelling?) brand with a heavier lead. Very recently I found a thick 3mm lead version at Lee Valley for use in my shop.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=45504&cat=1,42936,43509&ap=1

A little high priced for a pencil, but I am enjoying mine…might not be able to afford to replace the lead though!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 12-10-2010 05:15 PM

When I was at school/college – over fifty years ago – the first thing we were taught in the Technical Drawing class was how to sharpen a pencil to get a chisel point. I found a flat lead propelling pencil in the local stationers shop and spent some of my hard-earned pocket money buying it. I never regretted it! Whilst the others in class were constantly re-sharpening their pencils, I was getting on with drawing, so it gave me more time to do a good job. I wonder what happened to it ?

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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TurbineTester

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#3 posted 12-10-2010 05:21 PM

Jusfine, you weren’t kidding, that thing is pricey, but if it keeps you in the shop and building, it’s worth every penny :-)

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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Dark_Lightning

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#4 posted 12-10-2010 05:25 PM

Now, if you could just buy the inside works and put it in a nice wood body…

I have a 2mm Staedtler. It works OK, but the collet has to be pushed tight or the lead falls out when I release it to advance it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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chewbuddy13

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#5 posted 12-10-2010 05:26 PM

This seems like a nice product, but I like having the sharp edge on my pencil. It was rather funny to see so many reviews on a pencil, but only because I work at an Architectural and Engineering firm, and I have almost seen fist fights break out over which pencil was better, the Pentel 0.5 or the Pentel 0.7. I personally like the Pentel P205 0.5 mm, I use it at work and in the shop, it fits nicely in my Incra marking tools.

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TurbineTester

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#6 posted 12-10-2010 05:27 PM

A flat lead pencil sounds like a great idea? Do they still make them or can you still buy them? How about the lead?

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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Don Johnson

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#7 posted 12-10-2010 06:04 PM

Sorry, it looks as tho’ they are just museum pieces now – see http://www.leadholder.com/lh-draft-fc-9600.html

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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KayBee

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#8 posted 12-10-2010 06:07 PM

HEy, this one “Contains Diamond Infused Lead for added strength”, that might justify the price somewhat. A good pencil/pen is a thing of beauty that makes you want to write or draw.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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Beeguy

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#9 posted 12-11-2010 11:19 PM

I have been a mechanical pencil user since grade school. For general marking I prefer a .9 mm lead and only use a finer lead for detail work. 0.7 mm works well too. Last year I came across a two sided pencil from autopoint. You can use two different color leads in the same pencil. I found this to be quite handy.

http://www.pencilthings.com/autopoint-twinpoint-mechanical-pencil-standard-configurations.html

I also came across a square led pencil but it is not refillable. But it is a start.

http://www.zebrapen.com/products/pen/mlp?c=32

And here is one from China that is called an examination pencil but I am not sure where you would get these.

http://www.mg-pen.net/Mechanical-Pencil-AMP35101.html

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#10 posted 12-12-2010 12:34 PM

Those examination pencils are great! They have all teh answers in them; the trick is to hold them just right so those answers will flow freely and correctly ;-))

Seems like I was taught in college to twist my pencil as I drew to keep the point sharp.

I don’t seem to be able to keep track of a mechanical pencil long enough to use it ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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