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Old 04-12-09, 10:00 AM
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.5mm lead vs .7mm lead vs other

For those of you who use mechanical pencils, which size of lead do you use?
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Old 04-12-09, 10:01 AM
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.5
I like thin lines.
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.5

I'm a lefty and .7 smudges more.
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Old 04-12-09, 10:04 AM
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Old 04-12-09, 10:06 AM
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Both depending on what I'm doing. If it's a document that needs to be reduced and printed, I'll use a .7
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I used .5 when I used mechanical pencils.

Now that I'm done with school, I exclusively use pens. I can't stand the texture of writing with graphite...mechanical pencils are more tolerable than standard pencils, but still.

EDIT: Thinking about writing with graphite just gave me the chills!
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Old 04-12-09, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Crast View Post
.5

.7 smudges more.
Yep, .5 gives me nice consistent lines, if I want to go wider or wish to smear my lines I'll swap to a wood pencil or solid graphite pencil.
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Old 04-12-09, 10:28 AM
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0.5mm. I prefer the precision and I tend to write fairly small.
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All have their uses, from .3 mm to 2 mm lead holders. Which is preferable depends on the application.
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I use both, I like .5 but my favorite pencil is .7 so I end up using .7 more often
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.7 as they're cheap.
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0.9 because I like big, thick lines but hate sharpening wood pencils. Plus when I'm bored in class/meeting/whatever, I find it enjoyable to just go clicklyclickyclickyclicky until the graphite stick is all long, then I push it back in and repeat the process. 0.5 and 0.7 break too easily for me to do this without wasting graphite. Also, I like the mechanical pencils with the retractable eraser because I play with those too... Yeah I'm a total weirdo.
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Of course the best pencils are free and can be shaved to any point desired.

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square pencils!
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0.5mm for me. I'm also left handed. 0.7mm is too fat for decently fine lines.
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Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
Of course the best pencils are free and can be shaved to any point desired.


Me too......
I like shaping my point with a razor blade and keeping a ruff piece of paper
like 70lb velum beside the art, then rub the pencil tip on the paper sideways periodically
to keep it sharp. I also think the softness of the lead is more important than thickness.
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.9.. thicker.. lasts longer..and doesn't break...unless you clickity click until it is super long and you try and push it back in...
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Originally Posted by SingingSabre View Post
I used .5 when I used mechanical pencils.

Now that I'm done with school, I exclusively use pens. I can't stand the texture of writing with graphite...mechanical pencils are more tolerable than standard pencils, but still.

EDIT: Thinking about writing with graphite just gave me the chills!


I still like pencils, mechanicals pref. but a good drafting pencil, Berol Black Warior and so forth is fine providing a good sharpener is at hand. I like 7s, but 5 and 3s are great for fine detail of course.

I feel the same as Sabre about pens now - once you go fountain, it's so boring using anything else.
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Originally Posted by bluenote157 View Post
.9.. thicker.. lasts longer..and doesn't break...unless you clickity click until it is super long and you try and push it back in...
Nu uh, I do the clickyclickyclicky and push back thing and it doesn't break!
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I prefer 0.5mm... I still have the mechanical pencil that got me through 9 years of college and use it at the office almost every day.
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I used a lot of the 2mm stuff back in college while studying architecture. If you had the proper sharpener you could do just about anything. I had red and blue lead for construction lines and every weight of black.

Otherwise it was the .5 as it was more common.
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Old 04-14-09, 08:46 PM
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Heh heh heh...JonnyHK beat me to it... 2mm and F is my preferred lead...I also have 6B, 4B, 2B, B, HB, 2H, 4H and 6H.
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I filled out my taxes in pencil today. It was probably the first time I'd used a pencil for writing in five or more years. It was odd.
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