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The Perfect Tool

Where would artist, designers, and writers be today without the pencil? Beyond a doubt, the pencil is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal. There are so many variations to choose from: wooden, woodless, mechanical, etc. As a designer, I am picky when choosing my perfect tool.

Choosing what pencil to buy can be a very personal decision for some people. Here are some of the things that I have determined to be important when purchasing a pencil: style, usability, how it feels, and value. Based off these criteria and the pencils I have purchased over the years, I have found the Paper Mate Precision 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil to be the perfect tool.

The Paper Mate Precision is a sleekly designed mechanical pencil that comes in white with a gray rubber grip. Taking a 0.5mm lead, the pencil can write finer than typical 0.7mm mechanical pencils. A small white eraser is located at the top of the pencil underneath a metal cap. I’ve been using this pencil for notes and sketching for years because it feels good to use it; writing with the pencil is smooth and it feels comfortable in the hand. The body of the pencil is solid and has some weight to it which gives it a high-quality feel.  The Precision is reasonably priced for its quality. A two-pack is under ten dollars and comes with eraser refills and pencil leads.

If you’re ever considering purchasing a new mechanical pencil, I recommend the Paper Mate Precision.

If you are like me and tend to erase a lot, try these: Pentel Twist Erase III or Paper Mate Clearpoint