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Pencils or Pens?

Pencils or Pens?  

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  1. 1. Pencils or Pens?

    • Pencils
      26
    • Pens
      26
  2. 2. Wood pencils or mechanical pencils?

    • Wood pencils
      31
    • Mechanical pencils
      21
  3. 3. Ballpoint pens or fountain pens?

    • Ballpoint pens
      40
    • Fountain pens
      12


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Just curious. 🙃

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Rosendust

Mechanical Pencils and Fountain Pens(those are my favorites, but I can't use them all the time) were my picks.

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Skycaptain

Ballpoint pens as an ideal. Wooden pencils as I keep breaking the lead in propelling ones 

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RiddleMeThisTom

Mechanical pencils drive me crazy. The lead is much too thin and much too breakable. Wooden pencils and fountain pens are where it's at.

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Skycaptain

At least being Ace having lead in the pencil isn't a major issue 😋 😋 

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That Demi Mammoth

Interesting to see that wooden and mechanical pencils are tied at the moment.

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Carson:)

Depends on what you are using them for

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Moon Spirit ☽

Markers are the best. :P

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Nowhere Girl
1 hour ago, RiddleMeThisTom said:

Mechanical pencils drive me crazy. The lead is much too thin and much too breakable.

I'm not sure if they are still produced - I think the one I had was an Ostblock product - but some mechanical pencils have thick lead and are generally thicker. Nevertheless, I prefer traditional pencils.

As for pens, definitely ballpoint pens. With a thick black line - some have such thin lines that they are hard to see between the lines.

And anyway, I have never been able to write in a way legible to others - also before I have even heard about computers...

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Jona Rhys

I couldn't vote because my preferences depend largely on the occasion. At uni I always carry at least one biro and one pencil with me. Pencil for notes and doodles that I might want to erase. For personal letters and birthday cards as well as calligraphy I use a fountain pen.

The only kind I don't use are mechanical pencils. I've never liked them.

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Ortac
2 hours ago, Skycaptain said:

Ballpoint pens as an ideal. Wooden pencils as I keep breaking the lead in propelling ones 

You need one with a 0.9mm or a 0.7mm lead. I really like my 0.9mm propelling pencil; 0.7mm ones are usually OK too. 

Propelling pencils most commonly use 0.3mm or 0.5mm leads which are hopeless because as you say, they keep breaking. 

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Gloomy

Pencils when I’m playing sudoku or drawing, pens for everything else.

 

Wood pencils 

 

Ballpoint pens

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SithMaster WinterDragon

I make geometric designs , so I use mechanic pencils, and ballpoint pens and rulers after I get all the needed lines done with the pencil, I  go over it with the pen. I have over 67 and working on 5 new ones.

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This would have been one of the first ones I did since 2009( last year in high school). I use centimeters when I draw these.

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daveb

My short answer is yes. Longer answer is, it depends. I use wood pencils, mechanical pencils, ballpoint pens, fountain pens, dip pens, technical pens, drawing pens; whatever the occasion calls for. For general writing (letters, bills, notes, etc.) I prefer a black ballpoint pen. For general drawing, doodling, sketching, marking things for cutting, I tend to go with a wooden pencil.

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iff

Generally speaking, I prefer pens to pencil. In pencils, I go for wooden pencils while pens is ball points :)

 

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Nowhere Girl

Btw: I found a photo of a thick-lead mechanical pencil. I was right, it was a Czechoslovak product. However, such stuff is still produced - I also found mechanical crayons by Koh-i-Noor on the Web. They have thick lead just like this one.

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dragon_nerd

What about erasable pens?

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fiѕh

BALLPOINT PENS FOREVER.

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daveb

I have an old Staedtler mechanical pencil that holds a fairly thick lead. Similar to this (which you can still buy, I believe)

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Ortac

I routinely carry TWO biros with me at all times. Both of the four color variety; one with 1.0mm points and one with 0.7mm points. Always having these pens in my pockets is something of an OCD habit for me. I don't want to risk not having a pen when I need one; I would probably get anxious and irritable if that happened.

 

I don't think I have used a fountain pen since my school days. I do have one hidden away in a drawer somewhere but it might take me a while to find it if I ever want it. 

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Graceful

Pencils, though I almost never use them. Mechanical is more convenient. I’ve never even seen a fountain pen.

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Graceful
3 hours ago, dragon_nerd said:

What about erasable pens?

Erasable pens???? Where can I get one immediately?

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Strifed

Pens! they are so much more easier to write with and so much more smoother

 

1 hour ago, Graceful said:

Erasable pens???? Where can I get one immediately?

Your local drug store or a Target/Walmart might have them! The ones I had were never really good though... so it was just better to use pencil and erase lol.

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Graceful
8 hours ago, Skycaptain said:

At least being Ace having lead in the pencil isn't a major issue 😋 😋 

Pencils have never been made with lead. 😜 In the 1500s, people thought graphite was a type of lead. If you constantly gnawed on lots of pencils made prior to the late 1970s, it is possible you could get lead poisoning because paints were often made with lead until then. (Though lead poisoning is caused by prolonged exposure.) Reduced fertility would be the least of anyone’s concerns if they did get it.

 

In other news, I wanted to fact check my years and discovered that outside of the US, pencils aren’t yellow. Can people confirm that for me? 

 

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I also looked up fountain pens to see what they even are and read that while they’re exclusively a rich man’s imported collector’s item in the US and not typically used, they’re common in schools in some parts of Europe. Can people also confirm that??

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Snao Cone
1 hour ago, Graceful said:

Erasable pens???? Where can I get one immediately?

Frixion pens by Pilot are really good, but I haven't seen them in stores in a while. :( (granted I don't go to many stores) 

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StormySky

Why not both?

 

Also, SPARKLY GEL PENS!!!

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daveb
3 hours ago, Graceful said:

they’re exclusively a rich man’s imported collector’s item in the US

That part is not true. It is true that there are people who collect pricey ones and you can spend a LOT on some, it's also possible to get much more affordable ones. And I know people who like to write with them. Someone even gave me one for my birthday. I don't know about schools, but would guess they don't commonly use fountain pens. 

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Deus Ex Infinity

It really depends on the project or document. I'm using all of the listed tools in the mix. 

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Jona Rhys
14 hours ago, Graceful said:

outside of the US, pencils aren’t yellow. Can people confirm that for me? 

Really? Yellow pencils? How boring.

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iff
17 hours ago, Graceful said:

Pencils have never been made with lead. 😜 In the 1500s, people thought graphite was a type of lead. If you constantly gnawed on lots of pencils made prior to the late 1970s, it is possible you could get lead poisoning because paints were often made with lead until then. (Though lead poisoning is caused by prolonged exposure.) Reduced fertility would be the least of anyone’s concerns if they did get it.

 

In other news, I wanted to fact check my years and discovered that outside of the US, pencils aren’t yellow. Can people confirm that for me? 

 

july5-5.jpg?resize=700,379&ssl=1

 

I also looked up fountain pens to see what they even are and read that while they’re exclusively a rich man’s imported collector’s item in the US and not typically used, they’re common in schools in some parts of Europe. Can people also confirm that?i

I did have yellow ones in my school days for art (2b) and tech graphics (2h).

 

But there is green, red, multicoloured pencils.

 

I was at a lecture in October where they were handing out free pencils (courtesy of the  Irish tax payer, my tax euro at work :) also got a free pen)1 which were white with the revenue commissioners album

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