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Old 12-20-2009, 12:01 AM   #1
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It is a really strange obsession I have developed in college, but I am completely compelled to seek out office supplies. First it was pens. I had to find the ultimate pen and I generally would classify them into seperate catagories. Reciept signing pens, note taking pens, general use.

Now I am on pencils after discovering the new sharpie pens (with click retracting!!)

I lost my favorite Pentel Graphgear 500 0.7mm after my Statics final on Wednesday and I am seeking a replacement (will definately get this pencil again, it was a dream.) The pencil didn't have the bending at the tip issues that most plastic pencils have which cause 10mm or so of lead to break at the grip point, and falling out.

I have had good luck with 0.7mm, and bad luck with 0.5mm. I am intrigued by 0.3mm or even 0.1mm and 0.9mm pencils for various reasons. (Doing free-body diagrams would be fantastic with a very fine pencil)

I felt that there must be some fellow pencil-lovers out there that can share any advice with me. It is hard to keep me without my graphgear (now I am slumming it again with my Twist-Erase 0.7mm) and a tri-eraser/clic eraser.

What do you carry daily?

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Old 12-20-2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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well...you could have weirder obsessions. Also, I have 2 of those sharpie retractable pens and they both went dry I would stick with the good ole' capped sharpies.

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well...you could have weirder obsessions. Also, I have 2 of those sharpie retractable pens and they both went dry I would stick with the good ole' capped sharpies.
These aren't the regular sharpies, these are Sharpie pens. They dont bleed thru the paper, but they still have the awesome writing power of a standard extra-fine sharpie
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:15 AM   #4
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:33 AM   #5
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I'm a big fan of #2, though sometimes I'll use a #2 1/2

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Old 12-20-2009, 12:43 AM   #6
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I am with tspliker on this one.

Trained in traditional draftsmanship (former life), I know what he means about having a good working mechanical pencil that you cherish.

I am a pen freak as well: there are many pens with too much drag, even my signature comes lousy with them. Forget about taking good notes with a such a lousy pen!
I used to be fond of the "rolling ball" type.

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Old 12-20-2009, 12:46 AM   #7
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I have to go with a Dixon Ticonderoga Black #2. The best pencil on the market.

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I have to go with a Dixon Ticonderoga Black #2. The best pencil on the market.
As far as wood pencils go, there really is a nostalgia about using one, back to the days of grade school. I always loved when I was given Ticonderoga pencils for school. I would sometimes have to slum by with that sawdust/plastic "wood" pencil that writes terribly.

I got out of wooden pencils (though my roommate, also engineer, swears by them) because of the inconsistent point. You have to bear with the dullness of starting with something with a point capable of writing .1mm lines to something that eventually degrades to 2mm lines. I find myself worrying too much about the pencil's sharpness rather than what I am writing.

Drafting, working out math/eng problems requires a pencil that doesn't get in the way, and the right pencil can make all the difference IMO. (I always keep Bic cheapies in my bag as a last resort, but I hate using them)
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I am with tspliker on this one.

Trained in traditional draftsmanship (former life), I know what he means about having a good working mechanical pencil that you cherish.

I am a pen freak as well: there are many pens with too much drag, even my signature comes lousy with them. Forget about taking good notes with a such a lousy pen!
I used to be fond of the "rolling ball" type.
Rolling balls are nice. I had a Waterman RB pen that I loved but I ended up losing it.

I used to buy the crappy gel roller clicky pens and replace the gel inserts with Mont Blanc inserts (you just need to sand the end off) and you have a cheap, expensive pen!

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This indestructible told me about the mont blanc idea.
Indestructable
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:50 AM   #10
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Draftmatic 0.3 mil by Alvin. Used for everything, school-wise. only pencil i used for 3 years, lol. also a mechanical engineer - maybe it's an engineer thing? or a brewer thing? or an engineer-brewer thing?

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(Doing free-body diagrams would be fantastic with a very fine pencil)
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