I love office supplies. There was a big one-day sale at the university bookstore yesterday, so I went shopping for office supplies (I should probably call them school supplies, considering I’m not working in an office anymore).
Whenever I’m in a store that sells office supplies, I usually gravitate towards the mechanical pencils. As a math student (and now a statistics student), I prefer using pencils over pens. While I like the smell of wood pencils, the points become dull far too quickly, so I always use mechanical pencils. My lead preference is 0.5mm, softness B (HB is way too hard).
Many years ago (high school), a girl I may or may not have liked gave me a mechanical pencil as a gift. She said she got it somewhere in Europe (Sweden maybe?). The pencil is thin and made of brushed steel. It looks very similar to the Pilot Birdie but maybe a little bigger. Anyway, that pencil is now my favorite pencil, except that I never use it because I don’t want to wear it out. Ever since I received that gift, I’ve been searching for the perfect mechanical pencil.
The university bookstore has a terrible selection of mechanical pencils, but the sale yesterday reignited my passion for mechanical pencils. After searching around online, the pencil I currently want is the Sheaffer Sentinel in a chrome/nickel finish. My top choices always resemble my favorite pencil. The only problem with the Sentinel is that it uses 0.7mm lead. That’s almost a deal breaker.
Meanwhile, I found an extensive blog of a guy who’s even more obsessed about mechanical pencils than me! I’m glad I’m not the only one!