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Best Mechanical Pencils 2020

Best Mechanical Pencils 2020

Whether you’re an artist, designer, architect, scientist, or student, a pencil can come in handy for jotting down ideas that you might want to change. And a good mechanical pencil gives you a precision point without the need for sharpening. Everyday Carry picks 10 mechanical pencils designed for longevity and utility.

Lyra Groove Pencils

Lyra Groove Pencils

These special pencils from Germany’s Lyra are designed to help youngsters get a better grip, but we think anyone can benefit from their grooved exterior and anti-roll shape. They come in a variety of styles, including blue, metallic, or slimline with regular leads, as well as colored pencils.

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Write On Icing Pencil

Write On Icing Pencil

Do you suck at decorating cakes? This oversize pencil makes it easy to write words and drizzle icing on pastries and plates. Simply fill it like a syringe, then gently squeeze the pencil to draw fine lines on cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and more.

Uni Jetstream 4&1 Pen/Pencil

Uni Jetstream 4&1 Pen/Pencil

Uni’s multipurpose writing instrument combines four different ballpoint inks with a mechanical pencil. It has smooth-flowing 0.7 mm red, green, blue, and black pens on board, as well as a 0.5mm pencil lead for those times you need erasable writing. There’s also an eraser hiding under its back cap. Refills here.

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Maker King Minhvuong shows off a really sweet design for a tabletop Bluetooth speaker. He built it using hundreds of stacked colored pencils set into epoxy resin, then cut, shaped, sanded, and varnished the resulting block to form an eye-catching enclosure.

Sherbet Titanium Pencils

Sherbet Titanium Pencils

At first glance, these might look like ordinary pencils, but look closer, and you’ll notice they have a sharp, titanium point. Handcrafted by Sherbet Glass Art, they’re designed to let glass artists sign their art by leaving a permanent line of titanium on their work. We also dig the rainbow-colored metal variant.

Kaweco Sketch Up Pencil

Kaweco Sketch Up Pencil

Measuring in at just over 4″ long, Kaweco’s short, yet substantial metal pencil feels fantastic in the hand and won’t roll off your desk. Rather than a complex mechanism that can jam, its thick 5.6mm leads are gripped in place, and there’s a sharpener in its pusher. Available in black, brass, and satin or shiny chrome.

Donut of Pencils

Donut of Pencils

We’ve seen how colored pencils can be turned into some cool objects, and here’s another one for the collection. Sit back and enjoy as artist Andy Phillip takes hundreds of the pencils, bathes them in resin, and then turns them on his lathe to form a colorful torus. We rather enjoyed watching those resin threads go flying.

Colored Pencil Guitar 3.0

Colored Pencil Guitar 3.0

Burls Art has made a guitar out of colored pencils before. But this one has its 1200 pencils lying on their sides, giving the unique instrument a more linear and structured appearance. The finished instrument is up for auction on eBay with all proceeds going to Feeding America’s COVID-19 response fund.

Coloured Pencil Explosion Sphere

Coloured Pencil Explosion Sphere

Woodworker Andy Phillip shows off a cool art piece he created using a number of sharpened colored pencils arranged inside block of resin he polished into a sphere. It’s a wonderfully satisfying video, and we’re particularly impressed that he didn’t accidentally shave down any of the pencil tips on his lathe.

Great Write Pencil Sharpener

Great Write Pencil Sharpener

We’re going to need a bigger eraser. This shark-shaped sharpener (sharkener?) is ready to chomp down on your pencils and give them a nice point that’s as sharp as a great white’s tooth. We don’t recommend attempting this with an actual shark.

Color Wars Pencils

Color Wars Pencils

Specialty colored pencil maker PopColors makes fun sets of pencils with pop culture themes. They recently released a set for Star Wars fans, including colors like Darth Shader, Chewbacco, Maroonium Falcon, and Princess Leialac. Be sure to check out their website for more hilariously bad color names.

How Colored Pencils are Made

How Colored Pencils are Made

We’ve seen footage of pencils being made before, but the guys at Faber-Castell want us to know that their process is the best. Watch as they make black leads from graphite and clay, and colorful ones from powders and wax, then sandwich them into wooden shells, and paint them to match.

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Best Back to School Pens and Pencils

Best Back to School Pens and Pencils

School time is here, and while MacBooks, Surface Pros, and Chromebooks are the primary writing tools these days, pens and pencils always come in handy for quick notes, sketches, and test taking. Everyday Carry offers up eight of their favorites that feel great in your hand, and write smooth, clean lines.

Colored Pencil Knife

Colored Pencil Knife

Making things out of colored pencils seems to be a bit of a trend. There’s something about the colors and texture that make such things immensely appealing. Angqvist recently made himself a knife handle by laminating together a bunch of sliced up pencils, and it looks fantastic.

Pencil Sharpener Desk Caddy

Pencil Sharpener Desk Caddy

Kids today probably have no idea what a pencil even is, but for those of us who cut our teeth on Number 2 writing instruments will appreciate this fun desk caddy that looks like a giant sharpener. Made from real wood and stainless steel, and available in single or double sizes.

Colored Pencil Ukulele

Colored Pencil Ukulele

After watching Nick Zammeti make a gigantic pencil out of colored pencils, we figured he was out of pencils. But Nick is back to wow us with another build – a working ukulele made from the same stuff. We were wondering how he was gonna hollow out the body. Now we get it.

Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

For no reason other than to see if he could do it, artist Nick Zammeti made a gigantic coloring pencil out of thousands of individual coloring pencils. He adhered the pencils together with resin, turned them on a lathe, then carved it into shape. Its giant lead means it can actually draw.

Interchangeable Pen & Pencil

Interchangeable Pen & Pencil

Inventery’s aptly named Interchangeable Mechanical Pen and Pencil is a handsome brass body that accepts both Schmidt 9000 EasyFlow M pen and Schmidt DSM 2007 pencil refills. It has a removable clip, a click cap and an eraser cap. It’s available in three finishes.

36 Pencil Bowl

36 Pencil Bowl

Designed by Michiel Cornelissen, this 3D-printed structure lets you make your own custom display piece by adding 36 colored pencils of your choice. Its base is designed to hold 36 hexagonal pencils. Available in a variety of colors from Shapeways.

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Carbonara Pencil

Carbonara Pencil

We love the minimal look of this lightweight carbon fiber pencil, which is designed to suspend a 2mm lead in its center. The lead can be released by pressing on the body of the pencil. Each one includes 12 graphite leads, a red lead, a mini sharpener, and an eraser.

Making a Guitar from Pencils

Making a Guitar from Pencils

Watch as Burls Art transforms 1200 colored pencils drowned in epoxy resin into the body of a Fender Stratocaster style electric guitar. He says he’s never built a guitar before, which makes his build just that much more impressive.

Apple Pencil Pencil Mod

Apple Pencil Pencil Mod

While there are skins out there that allow you to customize the look of the Apple Pencil, we really love what Cedric Chase did with his. With a little sandpaper, fabric dye, and paint, he was able to make his digital stylus look just like a real pencil.

How Pencils Are Made

How Pencils Are Made

After seeing a series of incredible images of the process of making pencils by photographer Christopher Payne, we decided to hunt down some video footage of the process of turning wood, graphite, and clay into writing instruments at New Jersey’s General Pencil Co.

Passive Aggressive Pencils

Passive Aggressive Pencils

Are you over your job? Remind yourself of your general state of corporate ennui with these all-black pencils, each embossed with a phrase that echoes your true feelings about having to work when you could be outside having fun. Sold in a set of five nihilistic designs.

Everyman Grafton Mechanical Pencil

Everyman Grafton Mechanical Pencil

Everyman based its upcoming mechanical pencil on its proven refillable pen as well as customer feedback. The pencil has the same durable anodized aluminum body as the pen. It has a replaceable eraser and interchangeable reservoir so you can use 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead.

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