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Forum topic by juniorjock posted 09-06-2013 09:22 PM 1004 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2013 09:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pen turners mechanical pencils

Any of you guys tried mechanical pencils? I’ve been looking for a couple of them that are of good quality and I’ve found that they’re either too expensive or just junk. It seems that the only lead size available around my parts is 0.7mm. I’m sure that most of you know that if you’re using the lead for a measuring device, they’re made for 0.5mm.

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 12:39 AM

I have found that Pentel makes a good mechanical pencil. It’s not a kit but you can make a new sleeve for it from wood or Corian. This is an example of one I made.


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#2 posted 09-08-2013 06:38 AM

Deparrott, that looks great. If it wasn’t after 2:30 am I’d head to the shop to disassemble one and make plans!

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 11:46 PM

Thanks for the replys guys. That’s nice, Deparrott. I guess I wasn’t as clear as I should have been. I don’t turn pens. But that’s not to say I won’t at some point. I find it interesting. I’m actually looking to drop some cash for a couple of good mechanical pencils that use 0.5 mm lead. I may be interested in a couple that use 0.7mmlead too.

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 12:11 AM

That Pental is a great pencil. I’ve turned a couple Slim pencil kits from Lee Valley. I’ve liked them so far. It uses a .7mm lead though.

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 02:00 AM

I’m glad you liked my pencil. Sorry I misunderstood. These Pentels are available in the .5, .7, and .9 mm. They run about $5.00 at office stores.


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#6 posted 09-09-2013 06:01 PM

Pentel makes a great pencil and I use them at my desks. For the shop, I buy the El Cheapo 5 or 6 to a bag and have them all over the shop. I think that they are Bics that come in .5 and .7. I hate to spend money for a good pencil and then lay it down and lose it or step on it when it invevitably falls on the floor When they run out of lead, toss em and save the erasers. Try the Incra website and see if they still sell their pencils if you want a little better pencil for your laser cut marking devices. But, a .5 mechanical pencil is still pretty flimsy when marking on wood. The .5 get used for FINE marking only and then something else gets the nod for normal marking, like a good old fashioned #2 wooden pencil

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