The way I see it the choice between mechanical or wooden pencil is purely personal. Some may argue that the former is more eco friendly due to its re-usability factor, but its ultimate resting place will be landfill. With regards to the wooden type what about the sacrifice that trees make to their production?
From one of the oldest pencil companies around is the Staedtler Graphite 762 Mechanical Pencil, as this is not something you can try before you buy here is a list of its features
- Rubbery grip section – for non slip writing experience
- PVC & Latex free refillable eraser – stored underneath the cap for safe keeping
- Push button lead advance – conveniently positioned on the side for ease of use
- Approximately 15cm long
- Supplied with B grade 0.5mm lead
- Available with blue, green or red barrels
I found the lightweight plastic barrel comfortable to hold & the soft grip section kept my fingers securely in place despite it being a particularly hot & sticky day. The fine 0.5mm lead did allow me to pare down my large writing, so would lend itself nicely to use in small spaces or the nooks & crannies of those pocket diaries, should the need arise. I didn't find the clip particularly sturdy but nevertheless it is fit for purpose. The eraser was excellent removing text in one fell swoop.
There will always be a place for pens & pencils no matter how many computerised systems are invented. There will still be a need for draughtsman (known as drafters in the US) working alongside CAD systems & I can't see a machine competing with the likes of Monet or Van Gogh, not in my lifetime anyway.