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Sargent Art Colored Pencil Set

The Sargent Art Colored Pencil set is a 50-pack of colored pens that sells for under $10 ($5.98), often under $5. This pricing makes it a perennial top seller on Amazon as well as other online retailers.

The Sargent Art colored pencil set is, surprisingly, not at all bad! It’s a great deal for the money and while these aren’t our favorite colored pencils for advanced users, this set offers superb value and is a great starting point.

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Uni Kuru Toga Roulette Mechanical Pencil

Kuru Toga Roulette

The Kuru Toga Roulette is a mechanical pencil in the Kuru Toga family, which means it has Uni’s lead auto-rotation system.

The Roulette is very similar to the other pencils in the family except for its use of a knurled aluminum grip. Most of the other Kuru Toga pencils either have plastic or rubber grips, except for the Kuru Toga High Grade, which swaps the Roulette’s knurled grip for a smooth aluminum one.

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Uni Kuru Toga High Grade Mechanical Pencil

The Kuru Toga High Grade is a mechanical pencil in the Kuru Toga family, which means it has Uni’s lead auto-rotation technology.

The High Grade is similar to the other pencils in the family except for its use of a smooth aluminum grip. Most of the other Kuru Toga pencils either have plastic or rubber grips, except for the Kuru Toga Roulette, which swaps the High Grade’s smooth aluminum grip for a knurled aluminum one.

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Rotring 400 Mechanical Pencil

Rotring 400 Pencil

The most popular and most desirable pen in the Rotring 400 line is the Rotring 400 “Double Push” mechanical pencil. This pencil, and it’s close cousin the Metallic Tikky Double Push, are prized for their interesting 1990s design and push button mechanism. This is what we today call a “double-knock” design.

The Rotring 400 pencil was sold in gunmetal grey and a lighter matte silver. Both are rare today. The pencil was also sold in a set alongside the Rotring 400 ballpoint pen.

The modern version of this pencil is the plastic Rotring Tikky 3 in 1.

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Pentel Smash Mechanical Pencil

Pentel Smash Pencil

The Pentel Smash is an affordable mechanical pencil with a very cool, old school style to it. It is known for its rubber cover by the button (which looks like a shock cover from a suspension) and it’s combo-style grip which has a metal body with rubber squares poking out.

Rotring 500 Drafting Pencil

The Rotring 500 is a mechanical pencil that sits between the Rotring 300 and Rotring 600 in the company’s lineup. The Rotring 600 is all metal, the Rotring 300 is all plastic and the 500 is a hybrid of the two: a plastic body with a metal grip.

Pilot S20 Drafting Pencil

The S20 is a executive style drafting pencil. It has a body made of wood with either a Dark Brown or Deep Red finish in the US. This is a popular pen that is respected for its build quality and good looks. In Japan the S20 is sometimes called the Escienti. The pencil is normally sold in 0.5 mm but the red and dark brown colors are also sold in 0.3 mm.

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