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    Default Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    I was wondering if anyone here collected or like Mechanical Pencils. As a student this is the tool i use the most and i have always liked them. I do not want to start a collection per se, but i did get a few that i like.

    I was wondering if there's a forum on the internet dedicatedly exclusive to Mechanical Pencils lovers, i joined in here wanting to chat and see all kinds of MP, but it seems that i got caught a bit with Fountain Pens instead and ordered a Lamy All-Star,Joy,Noodler's Ink, and a Pilot Metropolitan.

    But i do, as a student have a sweet spot for writing that i can erase. I'm a fan of Kuru Toga's, the cheapest is my favorite. So far this is my set up:

    - Standard (US) Black Uni Kuru Toga 0.5mm
    - Black Uni Kuru Toga Roulette 0.5mm
    - Teal Uni Kuru Toga Rubber Grip 0.5mm
    - Matte Black Jetstream MultiPen - Blue+Black+Red+Green+ 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil
    - Zebra M-701 0.7mm

    and on the way:

    - Pink Uni Kuru Toga High Grade 0.5mm
    - Silver Rotring 600 0.5mm

    Leads i have some Pentel Ain Stein and Uni Nano Dia, i have not experienced any single lead break from any of these leads and these pencils since December. Use my standard Kuru Toga everyday. I think i have MP for a lifetime with these, and leads to spare too!!

    Rotring 800+ or 800 was out of my budget. I did wanted the Rotring with the gold accents and retractable.. but $70 or $50 for a mechanical pencil - thought it was too much. Got the 600 from Amazon for less than $30 and they seem much alike.

    What are your opinions, how does it look? I think i'm very much sold on the Kurus... they write so sharp ... i wonder if i'll like that Rotring better.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Usually only as part of a set for the FP. Also, mainly vintage ones.
    Pencils on their own, I tend to stick with vintage Yard o' Led or old JM&Co sterling silver.
    For fine, sharp lines, you can always try some of the 0.3mm lead pencils.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    I have like mechanical pencils since I was a small boy, coveting my father's Yard-o-Led!

    I wouldn't call myself in any way a collector, I have just a few: three Mabie Todd Fyne-Pynts - one a small silver one with stirrup top (American) and American golden one and an English golden one, the latter is more advanced as it repels as well as propelling. I am a big fan of anything Mabie Todd.

    I also have two Eversharps - an English silver one and a Wahl-Eversharp in rolled gold. I also have a virtually unused Croxley propelling pencil which is very nice indeed - er and a Waterman's which is a bit cheap really. Finally I have an old Waterman 3V pen and pencil set on its way to me.

    Working as a part-time volunteer in a charity bookshop, my pencils get a regular work-out...

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    I think he is a member here but only posts infrequently: Jonathan Veley is a known collector of MPs and has at least one book on the subject. Do a search on his name and get in contact with him. I know for certain he is a member over at David I's Fountain Pen Board.
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    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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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cryptos 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.

    Here you are

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Considering the price the pens get, they are pretty reasonably priced.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Still pretty darned expensive for a mechanical pencil. I may just have to switch my allegiance to Eversharp - at least they tend to run cheaper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryptos View Post
    Still pretty darned expensive for a mechanical pencil. I may just have to switch my allegiance to Eversharp - at least they tend to run cheaper!
    As I wrote earlier, I have three Fyne-Poynts. The sterling silver stirrup top cost £12, the English golden one cost £1.99 and the American one £5.00. All bought in the last six weeks.

    My silver Eversharp cost £18 and the rolled gold American Wahl cost £15...

    Now a plastic drop lead job in the supermarket costs about £4.50!!

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Then you have had very good fortune indeed! I haven't seen one in the model I like go for less than 25 quid yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryptos View Post
    Then you have had very good fortune indeed! I haven't seen one in the model I like go for less than 25 quid yet.
    Swings and roundabouts! I am hæmorrhaging money selling pens that I have done up at substantially less than I paid for them - with I think just two exceptions in about 14 pens!

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Here's a snap of the pencils I mentioned (plus a Waterman's that matches a 3V that arrived today).

    Pencils ss.jpg

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    leadholder.com look at the thin lead holders.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Ready!!! I fixed my Mom's st dupont!

    I think i have now the Holly Grail of Mechanical Pencils??!! Like??!



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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Another nice Fyne Poynt arrived today, rather pretty; I am awaiting also another interesting Fyne Poynt that appears to be in the famous "cracked ice" material.

    Fyne Poynt 4s.jpg

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    I've given up on the whole thing. Prices across Ebay vary wildly without any particular sense of rhyme or reason. Then again I am not a collector but someone who would use these items. Such is life I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryptos View Post
    I've given up on the whole thing. Prices across Ebay vary wildly without any particular sense of rhyme or reason. Then again I am not a collector but someone who would use these items. Such is life I guess.
    Well as I wrote before you are dead right - ebay is a lottery: I do use my pencils - I have to in the book shop, though it is nice to select one for a day just as I choose a pen or two. The one pictured above cost £15 - came with another dud unknown make pencil, and the other one that's on the way cost the same.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    You must have some magical power because I did not even see that one in your photo on Ebay.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    No magic, just a vast amount of time scrolling through endless lists of stuff either I don't want and can't afford, or do want and can't afford! Here they are:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1413441086...84.m1439.l2649

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1413430745...84.m1439.l2649

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    I've got a crapload of pencils that came with vintage sets. Personally I like the pens better, but I do like a pencil better than a ballpoint, and admittedly they do have their uses.

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