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Uni Kuru Toga Roulette Model Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - UNI M51017 1P.26
  If the “common pencil’s..., November 21, 2012
If the “common pencil’s dilemma” didn’t tip you off that this is a writer’s pencil and not a artist pencil then let me try to explain it quickly. The issue this pencil solves is something professional illustrators commonly rely on. The ability to change the point of the lead even at .5mm or .3mm is a common technique artist use to control and vary the width and intensity of their lines. This pencil takes away any control over the lead.

It is a fantastic writing pencil that I would have loved to have in college for taking notes and writing papers but I can’t recommend it as a drawing tool.
Sun-Star Safety Pencil Knife - Blue - SUN-STAR S3715965
  This is an excellent..., November 21, 2012
This is an excellent artist pencil knife. It’s a lot safer then using an xacto knife and cheaper then some of the knives you would buy at an artist supply shop.
Uni Mitsubishi Lead Holder - 2 mm - H - UNI MH500H
  Historically I have been..., November 21, 2012
Historically I have been using two different models of Staedtler Lead holders but when I upped the number of different leads I was using I decided to give a Uni-ball holder a try. As an old school draftsmen/illustrator it works just as well as the Staedtlers. There might be some criticism to be had by writers or some complaint about the clip or grip but it is not a $30 holder. There is not reason to compare it to one. It’s a sturdy professional lead holder.
Uni Mitsubishi Lead Holder Refill - 2 mm - 2B - Pack of 6 - UNI ULN2B
  I do all my illustration..., November 21, 2012
I do all my illustration work with a series of mechanical pencils and one HB lead holder. I decided to try out a darker/softer lead for shading and this works like a dream. Its smooth and lays down nice dark lines.

The only complications I ran into was that the little color bands that are on the end of the leads don’t fit in older Staedtler lead holder. They fits perfectly fine in the current Staedtler holders.
Uni Mitsubishi Lead Holder Refill - 2 mm - 3H - Pack of 6 - UNI ULN3H
  I have a set of 4H pencils..., November 21, 2012
I have a set of 4H pencils that were probably made in 50s or 60s. They are supper smooth and lay down a line that is probably a lot fainter then what a 4H lead should. I only have a few left so I have been looking for a replacement. The Uni-ball 3H leads are a decent substitute. The leads don’t tare the paper like most current 3H pencils will. The line is darker then what I would like but that something I can adjust too.
Pentel Stein Enhanced Silica Pencil Lead - 0.5 mm - 4H - PENTEL C275-4H
  In my career I have been..., November 21, 2012
In my career I have been spoiled by a set of 4H pencils that were probably made in 50s or 60s. They are supper smooth and lay down a line that is probably a lot fainter then what a 4H lead should. I loved them but I only have a few left so I have been on a quest to find replacements. Because I favor the mechanical pencil I tried this as one of my alternatives and I’m quite pleased. It is defiantly darker then what I was hoping for and it doesn’t glide across the paper like my old set of 4H pencils but unlike almost all other alternatives I have used it doesn’t tare the paper at all. It’s one of the best alternatives I have used so far and probably the one I’m going to end up using.
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