Mechanical Pencils

Mechanical Pencils

Mechanical pencils. These fixtures in our writing arsenal have become so familiar that they seem almost commonplace to the average person. But to those who adore these technical treasures, they are anything but ordinary. I’m speaking to the ones who can’t stop tinkering, can’t stop tearing apart, and can't stop (attempting) to put back together whatever is in their hands. These are the masses of gear heads to whom just the simple whisper of “mechanical” and “pencil” will cause a frenzy of excitement. Now I have two new words to introduce you: Kuru Toga.

I asked for JetPens Classics recommendations in our recent Cyber Monday Giveaway and received several great ideas. The actual winner of the giveaway suggested the Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil be featured next in the series and I think it is a perfect choice.

Up until this summer I wasn't too familiar with the Pentel Sharp Kerry. It was first introduced in 1971, but for some reason never found its way into my hands. Boy, was I missing out.

The standout feature of this pencil is the amazing barrel design. How many capped mechanical pencils have you ever used? This is my first, and I have used many pencils over the years. If you were looking at it capped you would assume it is a very nice roller ball pen. Only when uncapped do you realize the greatness that lies beneath.

With the cap posted, the pencil has complete functionality. You advance the lead by clicking the button on the top of the cap, with the eraser located under the same button. If you prefer to write without the cap, there is a different knock at the end of the pencil that advances the lead as well. All of this is contained in a sharp colored plastic barrel with chrome accents.

Can you believe a design this unique has been around for 40 years?

Judging by the customer reviews there are more than a few of you that are a fan of the Pentel Sharp Kerry. Its beautiful design and flawless functionality is exactly what being a JetPens Classic is all about.

We decided to give all you JetPens viewers a little sneak preview of one of the new items that will be launched later this week.

The Tombow OLNO mechanical pencil features a unique design mechanism that actually lets you extend the lead by bending the body! "Olno" is a play on the Japanese word "oru", or to fold/bend, and we think that this new pencil from Tombow is perfectly named.

The pencil body can be bent in any direction, and the purpose of this feature is to allow the user to extend lead without having to adjust their hand grip much, if at all.

My own normal writing position pictured below:

I only have to reposition my thumb for support to bend the pencil body while still in hand:

The button at the top of the pencil is a standard clicker which can also extend lead. Underneath the button is a small eraser, which is designed to be a tiny hand held eraser. (Good for detail erasing perhaps?)

Available in eight different body colors, the Tombow Olno mechanical pencils will be live on the website by the end of the week. Stay tuned to our JetPens New Arrivals section!

August 5, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Mechanical Pencils

Here at JetPens we have a wide variety of different drafting pencils. In particular, we carry some of the best lead holder available! Lead holders (also known as clutch pencils) use thicker leads, usually between 2 mm - 4 mm and generally only hold one piece of lead at a time. The thickness of the lead however, makes these instruments perfect for larger area shading when sketching or drafting.

The newest addition to our line of lead holders are the E+M Workman Long and Pocket Clutch Lead Holders. These are made from natural wood and have a unique 5.5 mm thick lead. Sharpeners and refill lead are also available.

(Long version pictured first, Pocket version second.)

The Rotring Rapid Pro Lead Holder - 2 mm - Silver Body is a beautifully constructed lead holder, perfect for the professional. The all metal body has a sleek silver finish and a traditional knurled grip. As a bonus feature, the cap has blades inside to sharpen your 2.0 mm lead point!

The Lamy Scribble Drafting Pencil - 3.15 mm - Aluminum Clip has a unique chunky look, which a lot of people find more comfortable to hold for longer periods of time. The clip is detachable, allowing you to choose a more streamline look. Lead refills are available.

Lastly, the Staedtler Silver Series 2 mm Lead Holder is another full metal bodied lead holder, with the added convenient feature of a lead grade indicator. Lead refills are available in different grades, as well as colors.

You can view all of our lead holders here.