This compact sketching...
September 9, 2015
This compact sketching pencil fits easily in any pocket or purse, and so long as
you remember to retract the lead it will not stab you by accident. Thus it is
the safer choice by far, should you be running out the door and just need to
throw a pencil in your poc
The barrel length of the Kaweco Sport pencil is a tad shorter than my current
favorite the Worther Shorty, yet it is a perfect fit for children and artists
with smaller hands than mine. Its 3.2 mm thick graphite lead is far more
resistant to breakage than typical mechanical pencil thin leads (0.5 mm through
0.9 mm) if you have a tendency to press hard while you draw and snap the lead
The Skyline clutch pencil features a drop clutch advance mechanism. The lead
advances by pressing the button on top which releases the 3-jaws clutch, and you
can adjust the length of exposed lead with your other hand or on a rigid
All my short 3.15 mm clutch sketching pencils before the Skyline Sport were also
made in Germany, and their refills and lead pointers fit and work with the 3.2
mm Kaweco leadholders as well. Thus you could search for either size when
shopping for drawing refills.
Every artist should have at least one compact clutch pencil in their tool box
since they make it easier to practice drawing and sketching regularly. They
remain pocket safe and easy to transport while the lead is retracted. You are
ready to draw when inspiration strikes with just the push of a button. The
chunky body reduces fatigue with its wider ergonomic grip.
Their short barrels echoes the compact size of a chunky graphite crayon or a
piece of chalk from a drawing class, but they are much cleaner to handle since
they keep your drawing media from touching your fingers.
Keeping the thick lead pointed can be accomplished by turning the pencil as you
draw, touching up the lead tip with sandpaper, or you could try the Kum
Automatic Brake Long Point Sharpener that features sharpeners for 2 mm leads
(the white ring opening on one side) and 3 mm leads (the red ring opening on the
opposite side of the sharpener).
The Kaweco Sport has the shiniest surface of my sketching pencils, and its
plastic body also feels the lightest. While it comes without a pocket clip, you
could always order one and attach it to its octagonal barrel. A lightweight body
can be an advantage during long drawing sessions, but if you prefer more heft
and a matte-finish in your clutch pencils I would recommend trying the the Lamy
I would recommend the Kaweco Skyline Sport 3.2 mm clutch pencil for those
seeking a lightweight compact drawing tool to upgrade their sketching kits.
Personally, I find that having a special pocket-safe drawing tool helps me focus
my creative energies and to practice sketching more regularly. You will be more
likely to draw more frequently with a reliable sketching pencil close by. You do
not need to carry a lead pointer all the time, but it is a nice accessory to
have if you want to restore the razor sharp tip to your drawing lead and render
Should you have difficulty finding their Kaweco 5B 3.2 mm refills, you could
also try Lamy Scribble 4B 3.15 mm refills, Stabilo EASYergo HB 3.15 mm
mechanical pencil refills, and Worther Shorty 7B graphite leads. The softer
leads are more suited for sketching, while HB is a better choice for writing. If
you search hard enough, you might even find some 3.15 mm color leads, but I
generally find them rather brittle and their marks resemble more wax crayons
than colored pencil lead.
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