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Mechanical pencil lust

My Staedler Mars Micro 0.5mm is getting into a bit of a sorry state. As my University research project is ramping up, I have a need for a good quality replacement, because ancient historical research means a lot of note taking. Also being a software engineer, I just love these things anyway, and I use them at work in preference to all other writing instruments.

Unhappy with the range of generally rubbish mechanical pencils available from the likes of Officeworks (where the Mars Micro is top-of-the-line), I did a bit of googling around and discovered some interesting resources, which I will share with you here:

I ordered three pencils off Cult Pens. I figured what the heck, and ordering 3 is ok, given I was paying £10 for shipping from the UK and we are talking around £6 for a pretty fancy pencil. Here’s what I ordered, from least fancy to most fancy:

Faber-Castell 2011 Grip in Matt Blue 0.7mm (I prefer 0.5mm but there’s no choice about the size of lead in this one).
Faber-Castell 2011 Grip in Matt Blue 0.7mm

Faber-Castell TK Fine Vario L 0.5mm.
Faber-Castell TK Fine Vario L 0.5mm

Pentel GraphGear 1000 0.5mm.
Pentel GraphGear 1000 0.5mm

But the pencil I decided I really lust after is the OHTO Super Promecha Pencil PM1500POHTO Super Promecha Pencil PM1500P

It’s nearly £20. Ahh well, next time.

One Comment

  1. Scot Mcphee wrote:

    I’ve been using the Pentel Graphgear 1000 all week for note-taking while birding in Tassie the past week (pencil is the best for this because the notes won’t run when they get wet) and I can report this is definitely an excellent mechanical pencil for this purpose!

    Friday, February 27, 2009 at 21:48 | Permalink