There is a range of professions which rely on mechanical pencils for writing. In design, architecture and engineering, making sure you have a quality pencil which is practical, delivers good, consistent results and is comfortable to use for long periods, is essential. However, it’s not always easy to see which pencils will meet all these needs, so we’ve put together a quick list of our favourite six products.
This pencil offers the owner a comfortable, lightweight tool suitable for all kinds of design and writing work. With its stainless steel and gold plated exterior, it’s no wonder it’s called the Diplomat. This pencil looks very professional and discreet and would be the perfect pocket accessory. In addition, it uses 0.5 mm stroke thickness HB lead and comes with a 5-year guarantee.
This famously professional mechanical pencil is known around the world for its no-frills approach. The full metal body casing provides an ideal balance in the hand to ensure precision and comfort. You can choose either the 0.5mm or 0.7mm line widths, but both come with the standard Rotring 800 hexagonal shape, which means it never rolls away.
Mont Blanc is the number one name in quality pens and pencils but that said, The Starwalker edition still brings something new to the table. This black, space-age resin pencil offers a platinum-coated clip and details and is so well balanced, you could write with it all day long and hardly notice it in your hand. It takes the Montblanc hi-polymer 0.7 mm lead, comes in a beautiful gift box and is fully supported by a two-year guarantee. As you’d expect from such a high-quality pencil, the Montblanc’s price tag can be rather high, but most agree, they’re worth the investment.
This industry staple can be found in every architecture office in the world. A rare example of affordable excellence, the Faber-Castell 2011 does it all. While it is slimmer than some more expensive models, the rubber dot grips provide a great skin to pen surface which prevents slipping and stops sweat forming in your hand. It’s won three design awards and comes in a variety of colours and finishes, so there’s no arguing in the office over which one belongs to whom.
This sophisticated, rather squat pencil has a personality all of its own. For many hard-working artists and designers, this is the pencil to beat all others. Sheathed in matt black rubber with ruthenium details, it has a very contemporary look which tells you it is also a pencil which can be used for hours on end. It is also the perfect partner to the Impero ballpoint pen. The pencil comes in a beautiful gift box and has a 2-year guarantee as standard.
Our final product in the list may come as a surprise to many. Simple, silver coloured and very affordable, this entry-level mechanical pencil offers users the best of both worlds. It takes 0.7mm leads and is easy and comfortable to use too.