The Blackwing 602 is perhaps the most famous — and if not that, the most notable — wooden pencil in history.
Note: This is the precursor to the Palomino Blackwing 602, which is made by a different company (one who acquired the rights to the pencil after Eberhard Faber stopped producing it).
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The Palomino Blackwing is a very popular general-use wooden pencil. Its original form, which stopped being made in the 1990s, is considered by many to be the best pencil ever made. Continue reading “Palomino Blackwing Pencil”
Pentel’s Orenz Nero is a technical marvel and one of the coolest mechanical pencils sold today. It is an auto-advancing, anti-breaking pencil with a cool aesthetic and great build quality. Despite all this, the Orenz Nero does have some issues that are worth knowing about before you invest in one.
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The Graph Gear 1000 is a premium, double-knock drafting pencil. It’s known for its dual-material grip and excellent construction. It briefly had a ballpoint counterpart, but the Graph Gear 1000 pen is no longer sold.
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The Kuru Toga is Uni’s (Mitsubishi Pencil) family of mechanical pencils with auto-rotating lead technology. This rotates the lead so that it creates and maintains and a point, as opposed to the lead working itself to an angle and creating uneven lines on the page.
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The Pilot S30 is a mechanical pencil in the popular “S” series which combines the wood body of the S20 and the automatic features of the Automac.
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The Musgrave Tennessee Red Cedar is a traditional wooden pencil made from the wood of the Tennessee Red Cedar (Juniperus Virginiana).
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The Rotring Rapid Pro is a mechanical, drafting pencil that is a competitor with the old, smaller Rotring 600.
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The AmazonBasics Mechanical Drafting Pencil is an affordable tool that is designed to compete with high-end professional pencils like the Pentel Graph Gear 1000.
The AmazonBasics pencil is most directly related to the Rotring Rapid Pro mechanical pencil, with which it shares many features and design cues.
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The Pilot S15 isn’t actually a mechanical pencil that you can buy — it’s the combination of a Pilot S20 upper and a Pilot S10 lower.
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The Pilot Automac is a high-end, automatic advancing mechanical pencil. The pencil is the direct successor to some of Pilot’s most famous and most collectible vintage mechanical pencils, like the H-5005.
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The Pilot Dr. Grip Ace Shaker is a feature-packed mechanical pencil that combines the Dr. Grip design with top features from multiple competing pencils. This pencil would more accurately be known as the Dr. Grip Mogulair as it uses most of the design and features from Pilot’s Mogulair mechanical pencil.
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The Tombow Oceanic is a mechanical pencil that is shaped like a fish. It won a Design Plus award in 1993 for its novel design.
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The Mecha 357 is a multi-pencil with 0.3 mm, 0.5 mm, and 0.7 mm lead in one writing tool.
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