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.
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.
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.
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.
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.