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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    have anyone cross pencils

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
    Although I do not collect actively mech. pencils, I have a couple of them laying around at home and at the office. Here some pictures:

    Druckbleistifte modern by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    I also have some leadholders:
    Fallminenstifte by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    some vintage propelling pencils:
    Drehbleistifte alt by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    and vintage repeater pencils:
    Druckbleistifte alt by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    I specially have an interest in vintage Pelikan pencils:
    Pelikan 450 & 570 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    and vintage Caran d'Ache Fixpencil leadholders:
    Caran d'Ache Fixpencil by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    C.
    Very nice collection and impressive photography.
    Nice one Christ!! well done!!

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    I don't know if I am collecting Pencils but this is what I have.
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    I like the matching pen to this pencil.
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    I have collected pencils when I was studying at university. I keep this collection at my parents' house.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    not as much as FP's, but yes every now and then will pick one up. I see their value has started increasing as well (popular manufacturers), however many of the 2nd-3rd tier mechanical pencil manufacturers can still be picked up cheap.
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    I don't collect them but I do buy Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencils. They go as presents to good customers.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by eachan View Post
    I don't collect them but I do buy Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencils. They go as presents to good customers.
    Wow. How wonderful. Good for you.

    Just before last Christmas I received a little present from Diamine as a thank you for my ink reviews. Sadly we were in Naples Florida celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary when it was delivered, so some kind soul nicked it from off of my doorstep. I'm convinced it was the delivery company who knew it was there.
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    That's very sad, and quite angry-making, Chrissy. No names, no pack drill, but was the company H*r*e*, perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eachan View Post
    That's very sad, and quite angry-making, Chrissy. No names, no pack drill, but was the company H*r*e*, perhaps?
    The delivery company did indeed fit that format yes. They supplied a photo showing the box inside the porch area. They failed to say whether they passed by later and it was still there though. From it's box it was very obviously a hamper with food and wine in there. My OH is still much more angry than I am. Hey ho. What you never had you never miss.....
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    They are a really rotten delivery company. They managed to lose a pen that Deb bought a couple of weeks ago. We were compensated but you can never be really compensated for the loss of a good pen. Your loss is evidently a much greater one. I do wish people would stop using them.

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    'Collect' as far as I like buying things to try out, to see how well they fit my hand and how well they work for the job. I don't tend to get bitten by the vintage bug or swayed by looks, with exceptions. A big one being that knurled, bare aluminium pencils leave me cold. Not too many Rotrings for me.

    The upshot is my collection is full of things that are cheap as chips. Almost disposable.



    I'm fond of the Pentel 120s. The blue 0.7 and yellow 0.9 are the oldest MPs I have. The black 0.5 is a recent replacement for a Pilot Supergrip I had since I was little. Then a couple of weeks later I saw the limited edition green Pentel 205 and caught a rare dose of collectoritis. Now I have two 0.5mm pencils. It feels like an extravagance. The blue Pentel 207 is for blue Nano Dia leads - the model differentiates it's use from the 120.
    All good except for those pointy sleeves that make fishing for them in your pocket a bit hazardous.

    So I like throwing a pencil - often a thicker-lead mechanical pencil - in my pocket and going out to see what things there are to sketch. A bit less so since March, but anyway. The Derwent Precision has a sturdy brass body and a retractable sleeve. A bit wobbly, but usable. I usually remove clips because they get in the way when I rotate the pencils in my hand. This was kind of tricky with the Precision because it's clip isn't designed to come off. Hence the chipped lacquer at the top. The Mars micro: the sleeve is more stable, but also a lot harder to retract. I'm not really fond of it in other ways: the grip, and even the looks.

    Clutch pencils/lead holders are something I haven't used for as long, but I still like them a lot. The Faber-Castell TK4600 is my oldest (the one I had for about a year before I realised "there's a lead pointer up in here!") and still my favourite. F-C leads are a bit hard and pale compared to the equivalents of other brands, though. For my tastes anyway. This one's currently holding onto a Mitsubishi Uni HB.
    The TK9400 and Uni leadholders are good enough but I think the lack of a lead pointer lets them down. The LE black Staedtler is good but the included lead makes F-C seem soft and buttery. Koh-I-Noor Toison D'or is hefty metal but it can have a loose grip and the fittings tend to loosen and unscrew a bit too easily. Many times I've had to search my pockets for that cap. I have a Totiens 4B lead in it so it doesn't have to exert too much pressure, in a couple of ways. The Kaweco Sport is something a little bit special, in my view. Despite that big wide crack in the nose, it still firmly chomps down on the lead. The stubby length turned out to lend itself to the overhand grip, and so did the side of that soft, dark lead. Lovely. Kaweco 5B(?) makes the F-C 6B in the TK9400 feel like rubbing the page with a stick of granite.

    I had the Uni Style-fit multipens, 3-way and the Meister 5-way. I was interested in the idea of sticking multiple pencil mechanisms - and some pens - in one body, but the way the mechanisms necessarily bend didn't work well with coloured leads; I lost the 3-way; and the 5-way is a giant, chunky, unwieldy thing. (Unless someone wants to buy it off me, in which case it's a sleek, versatile instrument with a good wide grip)

    A while ago I thought of the list of little things that I like and dislike about mechanical pencils. It turned out to be embarrassingly long. When I looked for a pencil that checked all the right boxes (0.9mm, retractable sleeve, not a Mars micro...) the only one that fit was the Kokuyo Enpitsu Sharp. I bought the Mx model from a Japanese seller on ebay, and I'm still waiting on the boat.
    In the meantime, I've got another on the way. When I knuckled down to search for a forest green Parker 51 FP, I managed to snap up a good-looking pen and pencil set. My first nod towards collecting vintage pencils. It's the push-cap version, I think.

    I'll have three 0.9mm pencils. It feels like an extravagance.
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Yeah, photos like that in this thread are making me take a closer look at vintage pencils.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    And a couple more:

    Montblanc Pix Pencil








    Conklin Endura Pencil. Some brassing on the clip, but still a nice example.





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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Really enjoy this one! Graf von Faber Castell Pernambuco Wood Pencil








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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    I kind of do, in that I collect ballpoint and pencil combos. I was going to say "sets", but the truth is half the time I have to get the pen and pencil separately. And they don't always match in color - I have a Montblanc Classique pair where the BP is black and the pencil is burgundy.

    Because of that, I have nearly 2 dozen mechanical pencils paired with a ballpoint. And several pairs on the way right now: Lamy 2000 BP/MP, Tactile Turn slim copper pencil/titanium pen, and Parker Vector BP/MP (probably from the 80s).

    And of course I do have 6 or 10 other pencils that aren't part of that collection.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Here's a selection.

    Parker DuoFold Big Red


    Eagle Simplex


    Sheaffer imprinted for my grandfather's company (he loved Sheaffer pens).




    Nardi Tri-Kolor (takes three leads in different colors.)
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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    I don't know if I am collecting Pencils but this is what I have.
    I guess that's how collections come about - to find out at one point that I already have a good set

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