✧︎︎︎1️⃣✧︎︎︎ Uni Kuru Toga: ever-sharp mechanical pencil winner
The Kuru Toga’s claim to fame rests with a unique internal mechanism. Each time you lift your hand from the page the lead auto-rotates, resulting in a near-constant sharp point. Because I favor the ultra-rich print from 4B lead, the auto-rotation proves golden. Soft lead like the 4B goes flat in a heartbeat in other pencils.
→ Amazon, JetPens, eBay.
✧︎︎︎2️⃣✧︎︎︎ Zebra DelGuard ER: lead-longevity champ
In an ideal world, I’d write with a 0.3mm pencil without being punished throughout the writing process. Reality intrudes, witnessing broken lead tips waaaaay too frequently. This Zebra DelGuard wonder bucks the mainstream.
I’m told an internal mechanism cushions the lead, dramatically minimizing breakage. That makes this baby a keeper! I so enjoy the 0.3mm model, I later grabbed its 0.5mm sibling. Physically, this 0.5mm is more comfortable than the Kuru Toga, but the latter retains its EDC status per its reliably sharp tip.
→ Amazon, JetPens, eBay.
✧︎︎︎3️⃣✧︎︎︎ Pentel Sharp Kerry: beauty contestant
I never expected to see the word “beautiful” within a sentence discussing mechanical pencils. Then I discovered this gem. Stylish to a delightful extreme, the pencil also feels good in hand. (I added grip cushions to the black and blue models for a tighter grip.)
The eraser is a joke, a problem vexing all but the next item on this list. I’m partial to the orange and purple versions, matching same-colored Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pens. Pampering, Pam-style, via my fave colors. 🤗
I started with this baby in 2009, growing my collection through the years. I’m nerdy enough to also match each with the now-rare Sensa Cloud ink pen.
The ever-sharp prowess of the Kuru Toga relegated these eye-candy gems to second-tier status. But because I still enjoy them from time to time, they remain in my “preferred” stash.
→ Amazon, eBay.
✧︎︎︎4️⃣✧︎︎︎ Pentel Twist-Erase: true eraser (!)
Two ever-present facts in #StationeryNerd World baffle me.
- Journals, planners, and notebooks sport cheap stingy bookmark ribbons. Each frays in a heartbeat. And, extreme narrowness coerces a game of Where’s Waldo when you try to grab it.
- Flipping focus to mechanical pencils, there’s juuuuuust enough eraser to include the word on the tin. Add: the munchkin eraser sits under a removable cap, each with invisible Carl Lewis legs. They sprint away beyond your vision within seconds of removal. 😫 Whyyyyyyyyyy Lawd??!!!! 😖
To my knowledge, the Twist-Erase stands alone in presenting an eraser worthy of the name. Kicker: the eraser remains accessible at all times, i.e. no cap. Turn the barrel to extend/retract the eraser, which never seems to end. IMHO, best bang for the buck per style + eraser.
→ Anywhere, including Staples.