The way I see it, the choice between mechanical or wooden pencils is purely personal. Some may argue that the former is more eco-friendly due to its re-usability factor, but its ultimate resting place will be a landfill. With regards to the wooden type, what about the sacrifice that trees make to their production?
One of the oldest pencil companies is the Staedtler Graphite 762 Mechanical Pencil; as this is not something you can try before you buy, here is a list of its features.
- Rubbery grip section – for nonslip writing experience
- PVC & Latex-free refillable eraser – stored underneath the cap for safekeeping
- Push-button lead advance – conveniently positioned on the side for ease of use
- Approximately 15cm long
- Supplied with B grade 0.5mm lead
- Available with blue, green, or red barrels
I found the lightweight plastic barrel comfortable to hold & the soft grip section kept my fingers securely in place despite it being a sweltering & sticky day. The fine 0.5mm lead did allow me to pare down my large writing, so it would lend itself nicely to use in small spaces or the nooks & crannies of those pocket diaries, should the need arise. I didn’t find the clip exceptionally sturdy, but nevertheless, it is fit for purpose. The eraser was excellent, removing text in one fell swoop.
There will always be a place for pens & pencils no matter how many computerized systems are invented. There will still be a need for draughtsman (known as drafters in the US) working alongside CAD systems & I can’t see a machine competing with the likes of Monet or Van Gogh, not in my lifetime anyway.