Never requiring sharpening, mechanical pencils let you work for hours without interruption. The ones we’ve chosen here all hold 0.7mm leads, a useful lead size that’s ideal for day-to-day writing and sketching, as well as less detailed technical drawing. And since 0.7mm leads are popular, refills are available in a wide range of grades, from soft to hard. With their durable construction and ergonomically designed grips, these pencils will last through your most labor-intensive projects.
1. Arteza HB Mechanical Pencil Pack
The mechanical pencils in this pack of 16 have rubber grips so you can keep working all day long. A sturdy barrel on these pencils protects the leads, and the pack comes with 8 extra erasers and 48 lead replacements so you won’t have to buy any refills for a while. As an added bonus, these tools, which were made with drawing and sketching in mind, won’t squeak while in use.
2. Pentel Twist-Erase III Automatic Pencil
This pack of two mechanical pencils comes with two additional long-lasting erasers, and you’ll get a combination of red and black or black and blue colored barrels. The lead creates precise dark lines when put to paper, and it won’t break easily. The pencils’ soft grip makes them comfortable to hold for hours without cramping or tiring. Even though you’ll get just two pencils, these tools are guaranteed to last you through months’ worth of projects.
3. Paper Mate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencil Starter Set
With this pack of three mechanical pencils, you’ll also get two extra jumbo erasers and one additional lead set. The lead is easily dispensed by clicking a convenient button on the pencil’s side. What’s more, the textured grip on these pencils will make for happy hands, and the erasers on these pencils will do a thorough job. This is the perfect tool for learning the craft of drawing, and testing new techniques on the page.
4. Uni Kurutoga Mechanical Pencil
This sleek pencil, whose body is an icy blue, has a 0.7mm lead tip that’s ideal for executing works on paper for your next big gallery show or imagining the façade of a new building. With an advanced lead rotation mechanism, this pencil suits those who have made drawing a central part of their life and career. The lead in this pencil is perfect for sketching, and gives you the most control of the various weights of your lines.
5. Zebra M-301 Stainless Steel Mechanical Pencil
Perfect for drawing and writing alike, these pencils have stainless-steel barrels. The nonslip grip is designed for comfort, and the erasers and lead are refillable. A pocket clip on the side of the pencils keeps them handy in your shirt pocket, so you’re ready to work whenever inspiration strikes. Engineered to last longer than the average plastic mechanical pencil, these durable and reliable pencils will simplify all your note-taking and art-making needs.