PAPERMATE TECHNICIAN II MECHANICAL PENCIL REVIEW
In this day and age, there are countless automatic pencils out there to choose from - pencils that have textured metal grips and rotating lead degree indicators all the way to pencils that have customizable tension settings for the lead as well as settings for the length of the lead sleeve. The choices, it seems, are truly endless.
The Papermate Technician II 0.5mm pencil is the pencil I use. I am an artist and it's the only pencil I draw with. I really like this pencil. I had been using a Pentel Sharp 0.5mm previously and it was a great pencil. The only thing it lacked was a good eraser - an eraser of substance, and every good pencil artist needs a good eraser. The Technician II is armed with a unique 1-inch twist eraser cartridge. The diameter of the eraser is the perfect size - great for erasing tiny spots on a drawing without ruining the rest of the drawing; or perhaps great for the draftsman using an erasing shield. One thing people may not be aware about mechanical pencils - most of us don’t draw directly on top of the paper - we draw using the side of the lead (at an angle). So for me, my 0.5mm pencil doesn't draw true .5mm lines on a regular basis. I rotate my pencil constantly as I draw with it - creating a chisel point. I use the broad side for shading and tonal work and the sharp tip for fine line details. Also, I only use HB leads. I am a simple guy and the less tools I have to work with the better. I find that I can achieve all needs with 0.5mm HB leads.
The Technician II is a solid yet lightweight mechanical pencil that fits very comfortably in my hand. Perhaps some of this is due to a rubberized grip. Normally I don’t care much for metal/rubber grips. I don’t think you need them all that much. But this particular grip is pleasing.
So, instead of having a wood pencil, metal sharpener, and vinyl eraser at my drawing desk - I have just one item that encompasses ALL of those and it comes with the convenience of never changing length or weight and gives me storage space for 10 extra leads. That particular item is the Papermate Technician II mechanical pencil - the only pencil I draw with.
Papermate Technician II 0.5mm
PROS: 1-inch twist eraser
4mm Fixed Sleeve for Drawing
CONS: Absolutely NONE.
I would like to thank Dave for extending me the opportunity to put in this review. I think this is one of the best, most affordable drawing pencils out there.
ERIC R. FRAZIER
Peregrine Falcon - The fastest thing alive.
(All images and artwork by EF)
Footnote: Note there is no pocket clip shown in the photos. Eric mentioned that he removes the chrome pocket clip because of the way he rotates the pencil whilst drawing. Sound familiar? (Dave)