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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


  1. atowner wrote:

    Getting new writing utensils is one of my favorite things to experience in life. I’m very picky about my pens (Bic Atlantis Fine Points or Papermate Flairs, nothing else suits My Aesthetic), but weirdly, I always just use the cheapest, most available pencil I can reach. I will definitely have to look into these recommendations!

    Friday, March 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Permalink
  2. karguet3 wrote:

    The first step in production of any piece is finding the right utensil. I love finding a good pen. Writing with a smooth pen is one of the best feelings in world. The worst crime committed is when you let someone borrow that pen and the forget to give it back.

    Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 5:15 am | Permalink