Having been asked recently what is the difference between Drafting & Mechanical Pencils I thought it would be an idea to list some of our popular examples.
Drafting pencils are often used for technical drawing as they can be placed very close to templates giving a clear view of the page with less pencil getting in the way, they generally have a longer sleeve than mechanical pencils measuring between 3 & 5mm. These pencils were widely used by architects & draughtsman until the late 70's but use started to decline as CAD came into its own. They still have a place however as some artists & designers have a need for varied lead sizes through the course their work. Its also considered that drafting pencils distribute less lead than a mechanical pencil when advanced giving the user more control.
Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil 0.7mm
This top quality pencil has a matt silver coloured metal body & is ideally weighted for comfortable fatigue free use. The hexagonal shape prevents it sliding off tables & provides a comfortable grip. The pocket clip can be removed & there is an eraser located beneath the push button.
The Pentel GraphGear 1000 0.5mm
This drafting pencil has a dual action retractor to protect the lead. The brushed steel barrel has a fine metallic grip & rubber latex free inserts for comfort & control. Pentel GraphGear pencils are also available with 0.3, 0.7 & 0.9mm leads.
Mechanical pencils are ideal for writing & drawing. They normally have a 2.0mm sleeve & generally come in 0.5 or 0.7mm lead sizes.
Uni Kura Toga M450T
The Uni Kuru Toga has a revolving stay sharp fine 0.5 HB lead thanks to its unique auto lead rotation system. They have a transparent plastic barrel available in pink, black, blue or green & a built in eraser is beneath the push button.
Stabilo EASYergo 1.4mm
These pencils are designed for children between 8-10, they have a cushioned tip & need minimal pressure to write. EASYergo mechanical graphite pencils have a long non slip grip & are available for left or right handed users. There is space for a name tag & they are available in a choice of bright two tone colours.
Staedtler Graphite 777
This Staedtler Graphite pencil is supplied with a 0.5mm HB lead, there are six vivid barrel colours including magenta & orange to choose from. It has a rubberised barrel & the lead guide helps prevents breakage. A large latex free eraser sits beneath the cap.