Note 2012.04.14: Contest is closed and winner has been contacted but feel free to keep posting your suggestions! I'm all ears!
--Sorry if you read this intro from Wednesday's post, just recapping some of the important info for new readers! -- Audra
This week, I'll be doing a series of nemu*blog posts, (sponsored by one of my absolute favorite online stationery stores, JetPens) covering just one facet of my love of all things stationery -- writing and drawing instruments!
Now, while I may be giving some of my own recommendations, I encourage you to participate and let me know some of your own recommendations per each category! Participate by replying to my four (4) blog posts this week with your own recommendations and/or product wish list according to each pen type and I'll enter you in a drawing to win a $25 e-gift card from JetPens! (Which means you will get automatic free shipping within the US!) Respond to all four (4) blog posts and get a total of 4 entries in your name!
Without further ado! Part 3: Drawing Tools (read on!)
This is my second most expensive pencil, clocking in at $37 (for those curious, this is my most expensive drafting pencil to date...), but by far my favorite. I use it paired with the Pilot Color Eno Lead in Soft Blue or Ain B lead to do a lot of my sketches and doodles.
It's shorter, stubbier, and heavier than most mechanical pencils but it's nicely balanced so it feels nice to hold and draw with.
For all of my other standard 0.5mm mechanical pencils, I like to use this lead for my drafts. In fact, I've used this lead for -years-, starting off with a multicolor pack a friend picked up while in Japan. You can't imagine how thrilled I was when I saw them states-side. :D
The nice thing about this lead is that it's soft and bright, but easily erasable -- or at least the soft blue and regular blue colors.
It's not totally non-repro blue, but the color is light enough that scanning, photocopying and clean up isn't any more difficult than with any other blue pencil. (My other favorite is the ColErase line in light blue and blue. :D)
This is my other go-to pencil. It's much more affordable than my previously mentioned Lamy, costing about $16.
It's made of metal and it about the same weight at the Lamy, but is shaped and feels much more like a standard mechanical pencil.
It comes in a variety of sizes, but I opt for the 0.5mm for the convenience of the lead size.
The tip is retractable by simply pushing on the clip, which protects the point (and lead) from getting damaged.
I sometimes use this pencil for sketch, but more often than not, I use it when I'm working on my accounting stuff (which is a ton of writing since I log most everything down in ledgers for quick reference.)
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I've collected a number of pencils over the years, and these guys are my current staples. They're kinda expensive, yes -- and I think they're well-worth their price. :D
As for my crazy expensive Rotring 800? To me, it's a great show of just how cost doesn't always equate to "better". I picked it up because it was a Japan-made Rotring, and both Scott and I *love* our Rotring pens - radiographs, ArtPens, etc - and thought it would be an amazing investment.
In short, I found it was a little too heavy for my needs and in turn, I use it less.
Simple as that~! :D
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So! Do you have any great must-have recommendations? Favorite leads? Favorite mechanical or drafting pencils? I'm all ears! ^_^!
Post anytime from today until Friday at 5pm Hawaii Standard Time (FYI, we're 3 hours AFTER the U.S. west coast) to my [Process] blog posts and be entered to win a $25 gift card from JetPens!