Faber-Castell TK4600 LeadholderFirstly, I would like to thank Dave for this great opportunity! I have been interested in pencils for a while, and at 16, I think I am the only one of all my friends to love pencils so much.
Faber-Castell: a name highly regarded in the pencil and writing instruments industry for high quality yet affordable products. As a drafting student, I was eager to try out one of their leadholders, the TK4600.
|Faber-Castell TK 4600|
The grip of the TK4600 is aided by the ridges toward the front of the pencil, but they do not really help; when drafting, the draftsman generally holds the pencil farther away from the tip-closer to the midpoint. Maybe this was conceived as a multi-use pencil; one for occasional writing and sketching as well as drafting? While writing with the TK4600, it was very clear that it is not a writing tool primarily - after a half page, my hand started to develop a painful cramp. Sketching and drafting is comfortable, and this is plainly the TK4600’s forte. Another, slightly shorter version, the TK9500, has “HB” stamped into the body, making it seem like more of a sketching and writing tool than the TK4600.
|Faber-Castell TK 4600 and TK 9500|
Pros: -solid design and feel, great for drafting and sketching, solid metal clip
Cons: -high price for student leadholder, ridged grip in inconvenient place, no built-in sharpener
Overall: highly recommended, but consider Staedtler as well.
Thanks Vikram. Posting No. 2 coming in a few days.