What are the best mechanical pencils?

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    #1Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Automatic Drafting Pencil

    Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Automatic Drafting Pencil

    The Pentel Graph Gear 1000 features a chiseled metallic grip inlaid with soft latex-free pads providing writing comfort, dual-action retractor advances and retracts tip for easier use, and is available in 0.3mm to 0.9mm lead sizes.

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    Ralph Williams
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "One of the best mechanical pencils that I have ever owned. It has become an indispensable tool for my work and I have purchased multiple ones in the course of a decade. Plenty of choices from 0.3mm-0.9mm thickness, the grip is rock solid, and its HB lead is one of the best that I've ever worked with."
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    #2Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil

    Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil

    The Sharp Kerry features a capped design for better protection as well as improved handling balance in writing or sketching. It comes pre-loaded with Pentel's Super Hi-Polymer HB lead and is available in multiple colors.

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    Dan Xu
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "It has been a tough and dependable workhorse throughout the years. This is what I was using before I switched to the Graph Gear. It's a little shorter and the cap design limits one-handed use but it's well-balanced and good to have on-hand as a spare."
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    #3LAMY Multi System Mechanical Pencil

    LAMY Multi System Mechanical Pencil

    The LAMY Multi System boasts a unique feature that combines a mechanical pencil and a ballpoint pen into its body. It has a clip made of solid stainless steel with a matte black finish as well as built-in eraser underneath the removable button.

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    Harry Mitchell
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "I don't know why more brands don't do this. Having both a pen and pencil in one is such a convenience and it doesn't skimp on quality either. Both pen and pencil offer a great writing experience. You do pay a premium for such a device but I think it's well worth for the great construction, writing experience, and convenience."
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    #4Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil

    Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil

    The Kuru Toga features a new and improved lead rotating technology called, Kuru Toga Engine that was included in previous models. This technology ensures that you get even lines everytime you write or sketch. It supports 0.5mm lead sizes.

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    Hannah Lynch
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "An affordable and dependable mechanical pencil for writing and some sketching. The new rotating mechanism works much better and smoother now for users who need consistent strokes and lines in their work. A nice improvement both in looks and function over the older Roulette model."
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    #5Parker JOTTER Ballpoint and Mechanical Pencil Set

    Parker JOTTER Ballpoint and Mechanical Pencil Set

    The Parker JOTTER set includes a ballpoint pen as well as a mechanical pencil in sleek and stainless steel casings. It comes preloaded with black Quickflow ink for the ballpoint pen, and 0.5mm sized lead for the pencil.

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    Kevin Ruiz
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "I was only after the pencil as I thought its housing looked really nice and classy but this comes as a set with a ballpoint pen. They even look better in person compared to the photos. It gets a little tiring to use for longer periods and the grip is a little slippery at times. Overall it's a good general use set but not ideal for long uses or precision work."
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    #6rOtring 600 Black Barrel Mechanical Pencil

    rOtring 600 Black Barrel Mechanical Pencil

    The rOtring 600 sports a full-body metal construction with ideal balance for writing and sketching. It supports 0.35mm, 0.5mm, and 0.7mm lead sizes, built-in eraser spares, and it's available in either silver or a matte black finish options.

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    Jessica Wu
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "The black version is oh so nice and classy-looking. It's just beautiful to look at and use for my writing and note-taking. The solid construction does have a downside as it ends up being heavier than most pencils. I think this will affect graphics artists and illustrators the most but I personally like the extra heft. It has been a great and consistent experience so far."
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    #7Rite in the Rain All-Weather Mechanical Pencil

    Rite in the Rain All-Weather Mechanical Pencil

    The All-Weather Mechanical Pencil is a popular choice for EDC (Every Day Carry) enthusiasts for its small and lightweight construction, and special 1.1mm lead refills and eraser that is able to work in different weather conditions.

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    Charles Estrada
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "While it won't be ideal for professional writing or graphics work, it is, however, a great EDC (Every Day Carry) pen. It's durable and can stand rugged use, it works in all kinds of weather, and the 1.1mm lead refills are waterproof and thick to withstand breaking easily."
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    #8Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Roulette

    Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Roulette

    The Kuru Toga Roulette Mechanical pencil is made out of sturdy resin material for the body and metal for the silver accents and grip. It supports 0.5mm lead sizes and features the lead rotating technology called Kuru Toga Engine.

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    Zhou Zhu
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "I have both this and newer Kuru Toga pencil and each has its own advantage and disadvantages. The newer model features an improved Kuru Toga engine that works much smoother. The Roulette has better build, construction, and design overall in my opinion. You can't go wrong with either one. It just depends what you prioritize more."
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