I started out with the heart of the mechanical pencil, the lead advance mechanism. What could be better than a fine mechanism from Pentel? Answer – nothing! So we have it, the Pentel P205 mechanism. Now we need a body – we all know that MechFrankenPencils life isn’t going to be easy, there will be jealousy and envy from lesser creations, so something tough, but with a soft heart and soul. What could be better than a suit of armour like Caran d’Ache’s Varius Ivanhoe, the hero of the great romantic novel? Or perhaps big strong steel rods like Porsche Design P3130 to give him a more modern look? After all, Porsche are the designers of some of the most famous cars (and armoured fighting vehicles) in history. Maybe the best of both worlds – steel rods with Ivanhoe armour wrapping?
For an overall shape though, Scribble from Lamy is a nice friendly look, so we’ll go for that short friendly rounded shape.
Maybe even have the whole armoured rod set up as a telescoping system like the magic pencils of old?
Now what size lead? Why stop at one? Let’s take the wonderful gravity multi-tip selector out of a Rotring Newton Trio and have 0.5, 0.7 and 1.18mm leads.
When it comes to a pocket clip, you can’t go past the Faber-Castell E-Motion clip. Let’s also have a fully retractable tip like the Pilot Vanishing Point. Now you see it, now you don’t. That’s the ultimate in safety.
Everyone needs their own space, and after a hard days pencilling, MechFrankenPencil will need somewhere to rest his weary head. There’s the Parafernalia wooden stand that he can use at break-time during the day, and of course it will help make him feel closer to his wooden cousins, but the Parker Duofold drawers seem the place for a good nights rest.
Sometimes it can be a lonely existence, being a unique creature, so to while away those solitary moments we could have some puzzles - crosswords and sudoku. What we need is to adapt the Retro 51 Tornado Crossword and Sudoku pencils, so the puzzles are stored inside the body and you just pull the tab to unfurl your puzzle. Actually Postmaster would be handy too. When things heat up and MechFrankenPencil needs to leave town then he is already “Post Paid”, 1st Class mail, all ready to go.
Grip is very important, so something with a bit of variety, like the interchangeable grips on the Lamy Accent.
Hey, I hear thunder in the distance. An electrical storm is coming – gotta go.
“I really like this jacket but the sleeves are way too long”-Motorhead. Now if The Lead Cup raised a few questions about my state of mind, this posting surely answers them!
MechFrankenPencil is of course inspired by Ninth Wave Designs wonderful Franken Pencil posting, and I thank them for most generously allowing me to use their idea. You know that saying – the one about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery? So thanks NWD, and if you haven’t already read the original then click through to Frankenpencil. Actually of course, thanks also to Mary Shelley, Boris Karloff, Kenneth Branagh and all those other Frankenstein folk.
Hmmmmm…., MechFrankenPencil might get lonely, and there was that sequel movie…….. “Bride of MechFrankenPencil”?