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Great Pencil

Just bought this pencil from Lowes the other day and got a chance to try it out and really thought it worked great. So I thought I'd share it. Oh, and you can get refill leads. Works just like the razor knives with the snap off blades.
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i was expecting to see a pencil
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thank you for the review . . . .
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Unusual, to say the least. I was also expecting a pencil. Will look at them at Lowe's. Need to go and get some light color wood for a project.

Speaking of pencils, I put a small magnet on pencils with a couple of turns of masking tape. I stick them all over the shop so I always have one. Now for the clincher...some of the pencils were used by my kids in grade school which was over 35 years ago.
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The lead looks just like the picture John posted which shows the lead better. This link is the one Lowes sells as does Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Speedtac-2000...s%2C317&sr=8-2
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This is the exact pencil our company uses and never looked back since... It's one of those tools that just sticks for life.

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At prices around $7 plus, I think that I'll stick with my .5MM Pentel and HB lead from the stationary store.

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I found these recently (I think Paul Sellers uses them) and I LOVE them.
https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Mate-Sh...12477753&psc=1
They are cheap and since the mechanism allows you to set the amount of lead you want, the lead lasts for quite a while compared to other mechanical pencils.

I have those, sharpies, and 19 cent carpenter's pencils in my old Walmart paint sprayer can (guess what it WASN'T good for....) one of these days, I'll build a little box or can that I will keep all those things in, but for now that is what I use.

As for the original post, those look cool, but I have to think about the 36 regular carpenter's pencils I could buy instead. Keep in mind that I have pencils from like 15 years and 6 moves ago...
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everything is more expensive in CA ......

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At prices around $7 plus, I think that I'll stick with my .5MM Pentel and HB lead from the stationary store.

I use cheap ball point pens for most of my woodworking layouts. I have the Pentels from my previous life as a draftsman. I looked into the Sharpdraws and found these at a great price:
https://www.menards.com/main/tools/h...3236543196.htm
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At prices around $7 plus, I think that I'll stick with my .5MM Pentel and HB lead from the stationary store.
"I usually use a knifewall. But when I don't I use Pentel." Somebody meme that.

For a mechanical pencil, the Pentels give me the best accuracy. The thin metal neck/feeder doesn't get in the way, and the leads don't tend to break.
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i bought a box of 50 regular pencils for $5 and use my pencil sharpener
i'm not too far away from a sharp pencil in my anywhere in shop

bought pencils and sharpeners for son, son in law and the boyfriend
son and son in law mounted the sharpener right away
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I replaced the pencils in the shop with shop-made ones, turned on a lathe. Rockler, Penn State, and others sell mechanical pencil kits. The 0.7 mm size is a good fit for my needs. Most pencil kits are 0.7 mm, but you can find a few pencil kits with "fat" leads for carpenters; the leads are strong, but far too thick for me.

I got by with ordinary No 2 school pencils for a long time, but there is something special about using nice wood pencils that you made yourself, for yourself.

Photo: A zebrawood pen and pencil set that are my favorites in the shop. They rely on Rockler's "Long Wood" kits:

https://www.rockler.com/longwood-cli...l-hardware-kit
https://www.rockler.com/long-wood-cl...dware-kit-gold
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I like those pencils. I’ve always thought that 1mm (the lead width) is a good degree of accuracy. The carbon fiber reinforcement sounds like the lead won’t break easily.
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My favorite are the orange, round ones you buy in bulk at HD. A good sharpener puts a very fine point on it. The lead itself is quite thin, and buying a dozen at a time, I can sharpen them frequently using an artist type sharpener that doesn't break the lead like cheap sharpeners. I'm much better at losing track of these so I flooded the shop with these orange delights and now they turn up whenever I need one. I usually keep a couple in an apron and others on my TS fence. These leave a very dark mark too.
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