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pashley

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242 days ago

I’m sick of sharpening my pencil every 10 inches of writing on wood! I’m using the standard #2, a soft one, I’m sure. I need something that is hard enough to hold a sharp point, as I often use a precision measuring tool that has very small holes. I don’t want to use anything with ink.

Is there anything easily obtainable, and not some special order thing?

-- Have a blessed day!


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RobynHoodridge

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#1 posted 242 days ago

Pity you need such a fine point. Otherwise this write-with-metal pen.

-- Never is longer than forever.

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Gary

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#2 posted 242 days ago

If you get harder lead, like 6 or 8, the marking will be quite light. But, you can get that lead and the pencil at any office supply store.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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unbob

283 posts in 403 days


#3 posted 242 days ago

These work for me. I have them with hard and soft leads. Not cheap, but yet not too much.

http://www.amazon.com/Pentel-GraphGear-Automatic-Drafting-PG523E/dp/B0006HXQX0

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 242 days ago

I buy mechanical, non refillable pencils with a fine, hard lead at the Dollar store. Last time, I got a card of 4 for a buck.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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waho6o9

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#5 posted 242 days ago

Any one have a Pica pencil?

Word has it that they are awesome.

http://artisantool.co/markers!

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unbob

283 posts in 403 days


#6 posted 242 days ago

The mechanical drafting pencil I linked to above is designed to work with templates “tools with small holes ect”
That type has a thin lead sleeve, to support the lead at a distance from the pencil body.
Not a good pocket pencil however, will tend to poke through.

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 242 days ago

Ticonderoga #3.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Dallas

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#8 posted 242 days ago

I seldom use a pencil for marking.

I usually use a marking knife.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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BArnold

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#9 posted 242 days ago

I use a mechanical pencil – probably much like Gene mentioned – for most of my marking.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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patron

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#10 posted 242 days ago

tried all the mechanical pencils
got tired of the lead breaking or coming loose
and looking for the refill leads in all the hidden places

wood pencils cracked in my pocket
the lead would fall out or break
when i went to use them

finaly just buy them by the box (#2)
and got an xacto hand crank sharpener (K5)
i have soup cans in tandem around the shop
sharp over dull
and just keep 6-10 in the sharp cans
(made a little insert for the bottom
from styrofoam for the points)

just use one till it starts to round over
and put in the lower dull can
all to be sharpened again together

and get another sharp one for those fine lines

now i don’t have pencils in my pockets
they are everywhere around the shop
and the cans are right where i need one too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Woodwrecker

3467 posts in 2075 days


#11 posted 242 days ago

Pretty much totally agree with David/Patron above.
I bet I have 50 pencils in a few coffee mugs around the shop. When one gets dull, I grab a sharp one.
When a bunch are dull, I sit at the bench, take a break and sharpen them up.
Then back to work.
All those fancy & expensive mechanical pencils aren’t worth it.
A box of 12 at the dollar store does it.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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unbob

283 posts in 403 days


#12 posted 242 days ago

Never to return to the dreadful pile of pencils scattered around, done that dance far to long.
Precision mechanical pencils work best “for me”.

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hairy

1892 posts in 2032 days


#13 posted 241 days ago

I picked up some of these Bic pencils last week at the grocery store. I like them.

-- brown shoes don't make it...

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Gene Howe

4787 posts in 1928 days


#14 posted 241 days ago

Hairy,
that’s the ones I buy, too. I use the .05mm. the lead breaks frequently, but at the price, it’s no biggie.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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distrbd

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#15 posted 241 days ago

I have an electric pencil sharpener and 20 or so pencils all around in my shop,never have to look for one,sharpening them takes a few seconds for each,never had much luck with the more expensive, fancy mechanical or drafting pencils,lost a few then stopped buying them.

-- Ken from Ontario

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