Using mechanical pencils is easy and we don’t even have to keep sharpening the led. Students and parents buy Mech. Pencils without knowing about usages of different point sizes and grades. Most of us probably have them stocked up. But when it comes to buying a mechanical pencil, you might not know what type would be best for you. The best pencil for you could depend on a number of things.
So here is a background and a guide to help you buy the mechanical pencils that work best for you:
1. The history of mechanical pencils:
The very first pencils were much like the modern clutch pencils we call ‘normal’ wooden pencils. Graphite was used at first used in lumps with a piece of cloth held around it.
With the traditional mix of graphite and clay, a thinner lead was not possible. Another drawback was that the led was too brittle.
The pencil evolved over generations into mechanical pencils. Let us move on to what makes using a mechanical pencil such a great experience.
2. Why you would prefer mechanical pencil over a wooden one:
No sharpening required: You don’t have to sharpen the led and you avoid all the mess that tends to happen due to sharpening a traditional wooden pencil. This saves your time and also helps you stay focused and not break your chain of thought.
Consistent Line Width: Only when a wooden pencil is freshly sharpened, does it write with a fine line. Mechanical pencils don’t change as you write. With a mechanical pencil, the line remains the same; it doesn’t get thicker as you continue writing.
Refillable: You can use the lead until it gets over and the next one takes its place. It can be argued that mechanical pencils are the more environment-friendly option.
Comes With Consistent Balance: As you keep sharpening your wooden pencil, you will notice how its balance keeps changing as the length of the pencil reduces. When it comes to using mechanical pencils though, the balance doesn’t change as you use it as it’s length remains the same.
You Get Choices With Mechanical Pencils Too: Mechanical pencils also vary in how they look based on their styles and the materials used to make them. Some look like luxury goods, some look like technical tools, while others look like wooden pencils.
3. Buying Guide For Mechanical Pencils – Purpose:
When you are thinking of purchasing a mechanical pencil, the purpose should be considered. If you are looking to use one for the purpose of writing, then you will probably have to look for different features than someone who might be looking to use one for sketching.
Writing: If you will want to use thick leads that don’t break easily, 0.7 mm is strong enough for most people. Many heavy- handed people still find that they snap even such thin leads. In this case, you can try the leads with 0.9mm or 2 mm thickness.
If you need a mech pencil while taking notes, then you might want to use the kind that have the feature of auto-fill
Sketching: You will have to really pay attention to the thickness of the lead of pencils you are using. For rough sketching, you can use thicker leads but when it comes to bolder lines, always make sure you are using leads that have softer grades of the scale.
If you are the type to sketch even when you are out and about, then you need to make sure that your pencil is pocket safe. Conical tips aren’t too risky but tubular tips tend to be too sharp to keep in your pockets.
4. Lead Thickness:
If your writing is usually small and your drawings tend to be detailed, you’ will need thinner lead. If you are heavy- handed, you need thicker lead. 0.5mm is primarily used in geometry for fine lines and drawings. 0.7mm is most commonly used for drawing, less-detailed technical drawings & writing. 0.9mm is used for non-sharpening thick writing and solid lines in the drawing. 2.0mm is used for bold writing, replacing the conventional wooden pencil, and used in sketching.
Unlike the conventional wooden pencils, Camlin Mechanical pencils are easily refillable with different lead sizes which also make them cheaper than wooden pencils in the long run. So go on, have a great writing/sketching experience!