Mechanical pencils are universally preferred by all drawers, drafters and writers that have made the switch from your standard wooden pencil. The advantages and features you can get are almost boundless and make drawing a breeze compared to its outdated writing counterpart. It’s surprising they haven’t taken over the pencil world yet especially because they’ve been around for a while now, actually originating in 19th century Britain. Whilst the mechanical pencil originated in Europe it wasn’t until Japan spear headed it’s advancement in recent time to produce a much more modern thin lead pencil that we see today.
How the mechanical pencil basically works is it has a chamber that gets filled with pencil leads. Once inside the graphite or lead gets pushed through the shaft through a spring function. Depending on the mechanical pencil the lead can advance automatically, by spinning the tip or at the click of a little button normally attached at the top of the pencil.
Because of it’s easy to use and refillable lead function, mechanical pencils can make every drawing much easier but more importantly it’s variance in fine lead sizes lead to much more desired outcomes.
So here are the top 5 reasons you should ditch your wooden pencil and get onto the mechanical pencil wave;
1. Never sharpen your pencil again!
Having to sharpen your pencils on a regular basis before they start to get blunt can be quite the tedious chore, especially if drawing takes a good part of your day. The beauty of mechanical is that it because the lead is so thin it has a fine sharpness and mixed with the graphite pumping function it continuously stays that way throughout its usage. You simply need to advance more lead to keep writing and that way you don’t have to worry about your writing going flat, pencil going to short or having to clean up pesky pencil sharpening.
2. Consistent and super clean lines
What’s highly important for the professional drawer or drafter is that lines are kept consistent and clear – who wants to look at a blunt looking sketch right? The most common mechanical pencil sizes range in diameter from 0.5mm to 2mm. With the availability of small sizes thin and precise lines are produced that is still thick and readable on paper.
The lines are consistent, as the leads used in these pencils provide thin, clear, and consistent lines. The lines drawn by these pencils are precise in nature.
3. Galore of Awesome Features
There’s a great variety of mechanical pencils to match any worthy pencil wielder and a wealth of features that come along with it. To begin with the full range of lead sizes start at 0.2mm and go up to 5.6mm in diameter, so you can choose a thickness that suits your writing style or preference. On top of the variety in sizes you also have some neat features on some mechanical pencils like auto advance leads – lead comes out slowly without having to click, cushioned leads to minimize bounce and make drawing more relaxed, comfortable grips and of course a handy eraser attached – in case of the odd mistake you make.
4. Mother nature friendly
Not only are they filled with an abundance of advantages but because they’re made completely with artificial materials combined with the fact you only need to purchase one, they’re also very eco friendly. Manufacturing doesn’t need wood at all and when the pencil lead runs out you simply do a refill unlike wooden pencils where you constantly need to purchase new ones.
Besides not contributing to the downfall of the world’s forests it’s also quite good for the pocket and can last you a good amount of years. All you need to do is purchase the lead refills which is considerably cheaper than regular pencils.
5. Super cool looking & stylish
One of our favorite features of the mechanical pencil is that they look downright cool and sophisticated at the same time. With such an extensive range of colors, designs and customization features its hard not to find a pencil that suits you. There’s even a range of premium mechanical pencils for the real pencil enthusiasts – these are normally equipped with overpowered and upgraded functions like auto advance leads, that regular mechanical pencils don’t have
Now that you know the advantages of using mechanical pencils over wooden pencils, it’s time you make the switch. There’s a great range of mechanical pencils you can choose from and we’re proud to stock the affordable but feature loaded Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical pencils that are manufactured here in Japan – the land that pioneered these great pencils!