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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Monsoon View Post
    On the fence about the S30. The Graphgear was bought to get round the problem of the lead pipe on the S20 (graphgear is retractable). Loved that alpha-matic titanium a few posts up the page! Unobtainable at reasonable prices today. Otherwise/......
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Around my desk:

    Penxo
    Koh-i-noor
    Koh-i-noor
    Parker

    pencils.jpg

    And after some rummaging:

    Staedtler
    Tombow
    Sheaffer

    pencils2.jpg

    The two Koh-i-noors get most use.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    Well, I don't collect pencils as such but I do have Worther lead holder that was a gift from my mother about 15 years ago I guess. And a year ago I splashed out on a Pilot S20 which I thought was just beautiful to look and hold. This is my main pencil if I am not using standard artist tools.

    But... I would love to have a MT Fyne Poynt. Never see them come up for sale though so I guess that boat may well have sailed for me. Not a biggie though.
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    These are my pencils. From the left to the right;

    A Pilot S20 in the red wood finish. This has a B softness lead
    A Koh i Noor Toison D'or. A lead holder rather than an MP
    A Pentel Graphgear 1000. This has a .9mm lead refill
    A Pentel S445. It's an old one I used for engineering drawing. No idea what lead is in it
    A Ritepoint pencil. Came in a box of pen parts. Don't know what lead is in it. Has an inscription that says "Union Mutual Fire Insurance 1875 - 1950", so probably a gift or promotional pencil. I wonder if there was a matching pen originally
    A Worther stubby lead holder with a 3.5mm lead - I've been looking at an e+m sketch pencil in the zebrano wood. Could be an Xmas gift to self!!

    Far left is an unsharpened Mitsubishi 9800EW for scale.
    Nice coincidence that you both own a Pilot S20 and an old Worther stubby lead holder.
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Monsoon View Post
    These are my pencils. From the left to the right;
    A Pilot S20 ...
    A Worther stubby lead holder....
    Nice coincidence that you both own a Pilot S20 and an old Worther stubby lead holder.
    That's no coincidence. The telltale is the unusual Worther and as he twice describes it. It's just another example of him forgetting he's using one of his pseudonyms. Though it's good to put new members on notice, it's best to ignore him.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    did you know that the Wörther Stubby is in fact related to Parker?

    https://parkerpens.net/stumpy.html

    I have one as well:

    Fallminenstifte by C.M.Z, auf Flickr
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    The name Parker Stumpy sounds so much better. What on earth is that very thick one? That must be the fattest pencil I've ever seen. The writing has almost completely rubbed off of the side so I can't work it out but the characters left might be either Chinese or Japanese.

    Edited to add that the photo from the Parker Stumpy page that christof linked to shows both the Parker Stumpy and the Worther Shorty together. @christof which one is yours? Parker Stumpy or Worther Shorty? I would guess Parker?
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    What size lead does your pencil take?

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    What size lead does your pencil take?
    Most of mine are 0.046 but 1 in 5 is 0.036.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    "You can lead a horse to water but a pencil must be lead."
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    What size lead does your pencil take?
    Most of mine are 0.046 but 1 in 5 is 0.036.
    Are you really talking about leads that are in the range of 4/100 of an inch? or mm? Or is there an extra zero after the decimal?
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
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    What size lead does your pencil take?
    Most of mine are 0.046 but 1 in 5 is 0.036.
    Are you really talking about leads that are in the range of 4/100 of an inch? or mm? Or is there an extra zero after the decimal?
    I’m fairly certain he meant inches. I have some Esterbrook pencils so marked. I realize he is a Parker guy but they seem to have used the same lead sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    I’m fairly certain he meant inches. I have some Esterbrook pencils so marked. I realize he is a Parker guy but they seem to have used the same lead sizes.
    Well, I'll be damned. Somehow that seemed like inordinately thin material, but I just took out the micrometer and measured the lead in my Duofold Sr pencil, and it appears to be 0.04". I don't think it is the original lead but it is a good fit with neither play nor binding.
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Having recently seen some images showing thicker pencil leads I remembered that I had another pencil that I reviewed some time ago.
    It's a Kaweco Sketch Up Brilliant

    I haven't seen that around here for quite some time and must have a look around to find it again. I only have the original lead that fits it.
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    I did a quick comparison of the Parker Stumpy and the Wörther Shorty. In fact, there are tiny differences which makes me think that the Wörther is an economised variant of the Parker:

    Wörther Shorty and Parker Stumpy_1 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    The Clip of the Wörther is plastic instead of metal and is not spring loaded as the one from Parker

    Wörther Shorty and Parker Stumpy_3 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    The tip of the Parker has an additional Metal collar to avoid cracks in the plastic (wich is a necessary feature):
    Wörther Shorty and Parker Stumpy_2 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    ...and I made an additional Foto of my other stubby lead holders:

    Parker Stumpy and other fat lead holder by C.M.Z, auf Flickr


    Additional information:

    The Parker Shorty was originally designed by the Swiss designer Kurt Süss and manufactured by Parker Pen GmbH, Baden-Baden, Germany

    https://www.emuseum.ch/en/objects/de...f902cb69&idx=0


    edit: interestingly, the site of IF design award calls the Parker "shorty"...

    https://ifdesign.com/en/winner-ranki...leistift/15494
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    @christof Thank you for the comparison and the images. There are occasions when I find myself wondering if there is anything you don't have LOL
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    ... if there is anything you don't have LOL
    ..is it not that, what makes a serious/pathologic collector.


    completely different question: does someone have the complete "La Nave" series by Tombow ? ...would be interested to see fotos and further informations...

    Tombow Oceanic by C.M.Z, auf Flickr
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    On the road a fair bit for work so fat leads and short pencils are like to get lost easily. The Graphgear 1000 stood up well even in the heat and humidty: this is why fountain/ballpoints don't work well outsider where there is no aircon. May look at rOtring 800 as a more solid compromise.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Oh please. Absolutely shameless.

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    Sitting with my usual bowl of khao tom and see this message pop up on my iPhone. How so? It is a mechanical pencil not a status symbol. I landed here after a google query showed this at the top of the list. Didn't expect to get knuckl;es rapped for what tool I was looking at buying. There were 3 candidates, the rOtring 800, the TWSBI precision, and the Pentel Kerry. As one handed operation is preferred the Kerry is out. Leaving the 800 and precision. The latter is lots less money. The former has nurling on the grip. Both have retractible lead pipes, both seem to be made from metal. Colors don't matter. Leaning to 800 on company reputation. Arguments for Precision welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Oh please. Absolutely shameless.
    Didn't take very long, did it?
    The beat goes on...................

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