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Who else uses good pens and pencils to do their work?

  1. Oct 21, 2013 #1
    For some reason, I'm really picky now about my writing instruments. I can't use yellow pencils anymore or cheap mechanical pencils, I feel like a good mechanical pencil helps me do math work better. It's literally a tool in my tool box to do engineering. Who else uses a good mechanical pencil to do their work? If so what brand?


    Pen wise, I have a new Cross pen I love to write in my lab notebook. Love it! :biggrin:
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2013 #2

    dlgoff

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    I've always used these Staedtlers.

    http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/9694/zvhg.jpg [Broken]
     
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  4. Oct 21, 2013 #3

    turbo

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    I use quality drafting tools when I can. I prefer the feel and the control.
     
  5. Oct 21, 2013 #4
    I use those to draw. What grade lead you use?
     
  6. Oct 21, 2013 #5

    S_Happens

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    I have two Rotring 600s and a Rotring Rapid Pro, all 0.5, that I switch between for daily use. I kept a Pentel P205 around for when I'm not going to be sitting in one secure place because I've already had a couple of tips bent on the 600s.

    I like the weight and feel of the heavy metal Rotrings, but they are certainly expensive. Note: I do not do any actual drafting. After I'm done with school in May, I'll definitely keep them around at work and I plan to expand my collection.
     
  7. Oct 21, 2013 #6
    I do, too. They're absolutely the BEST.
     
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  8. Oct 21, 2013 #7

    dlgoff

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    I believe what the 780 comes filled with is HB. I haven't ever needed to buy any as I just pick up a new one. :blushing:
     
  9. Oct 21, 2013 #8

    dlgoff

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    I received a box of them as a gift for taking over as the instructor for a Engineering Drafting course years ago.
     
  10. Oct 21, 2013 #9

    Ben Niehoff

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    I'm a big fan of the Pentel Twist-Erase:

    http://www.pentel.com/store/twist-erase-iii-mechanical-pencil

    I tried the 0.5mm and it was too delicate. Tried the 0.9mm and it was too mushy. So I got a 0.7mm and it's juuuust right.

    I don't care about the twist action on the erasers. I hardly ever use the erasers, except for small things. I just like the ergonomics of the pencil itself. For more serious erasing, I use one of these

    http://www.simonsartsupplies.com/factis-im-30-eraser/

    I know one side of it is for ink. But the side for graphite is pretty awesome.
     
  11. Oct 22, 2013 #10
    I find the rotring rapid pro way too thin/long for me. A little bit too heavy as well.
     
  12. Oct 22, 2013 #11
    :biggrin:
     
  13. Oct 22, 2013 #12

    Hepth

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    I only write in pen, and I nearly only use Pilot-G2 07's or smaller. They can get a little sloppy, but if you take your time to write neatly, and only use blank paper or grid notebooks, it looks really nice. Great for text and diagrams, pens are fairly cheap, and they don't bleed.

    Then again all I do is physics math, and I rarely return to my previous work to look at the notes.
     
  14. Oct 22, 2013 #13
    lol inotyce. Come on..
     
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