As a result of hand problems...
February 22, 2012
As a result of hand problems that were caused by excessive computer use many
years ago, I went through several months of hand therapy, and discovered along
the way how nice it was to actually write again rather than merely pound a
keyboard. I started buying mechanical pencils, and own over 30, with perhaps 20
getting continued use, and a dozen sharing the most frequent use. This pencil is
one of those 12.
I previously bought the 0.5 mm version of this pencil, and liked the quality and
balance. However, because I do so much work with fine detail (equations with
subscripts on subscripts) I liked the idea of a finer lead. I have several
pencils that are either 0.3 or 0.35 mm lead, including a Rotring Trio and a
Faber Castell that the name has been worn off of. I also bought the 0.3 mm
version of this pencil since I read somewhere that they were discontinuing this
model; I hope this is not true. This pencil seems to provide a near optimum
combination of fineness and lead strength, and I enjoy the finer line and am not
forever breaking leads. I like to change pencils frequently to avoid hand
fatigue, but I do like this one a great deal.
I will say that I have found that certain deskpads are superior when working
with finer lead mechanical pencils. For those who absolutely need to use an 0.3
mm pencil, but are frustrated with the frequency of lead failures, you may just
wish to explore a deskpad. I have one that I bought from Levenger many years
ago, and although quite expensive, it provides a wonderful writing surface, and
there is a noticeable decrease in the frequency of lead breakage when using fine
lead pencils. It seems to have just the right amount of give.
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