Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Poll Result - Preferred Lead Size

The results are in. Thanks to those who voted and/or commented on the recent poll.

The question was, "What is your preferred lead size?"

The results are

17.1% = 0.2 / 0.3 / 0.35 / 0.4mm
37.8% = 0.5mm
29.3% = 0.7mm
6.1%   = 0.9mm
1.2%   = 1.1 / 1.15 / 1.18mm
2.4%   = 1.3 / 1.4mm
4.9%   = 2mm
1.2%   = Bigger than 2mm

Total = 182 votes

For comparison, the same poll back in 2007 produced this result

0.3mm = 7%
0.5mm = 42%
0.7mm = 22%
0.9mm = 11%
1.1 to 1.4mm = 5%
2mm = 7%
Even bigger = 4%

The 0.3mm size range seems to be the big mover. Orenz?


Unknown said...

Quick comments on this:

1. The Orenz pencils really make 0.3 and 0.2mm practical.
2. There was some real growth in the 0.7mm as well.
3. Even though 0.5mm is still clearly the most popular it really lost a significant percentage.

In the US I'm seeing a many Pentel pencils being sold in the 0.7mm variety. Also people who like mechanical pencils seem to like sharper points. (0.5 and less is now just under 55%).

It was pretty fun looking at these numbers even if the numbers are likely skewed by being from a self-selecting sample.

Thanks for doing this and also posting the comparison numbers!


Blackbeard said...

I'd say the Orenz and the Zebra Delguard certainly do have an influence.

Matthew A. said...

Yes to the Orenz for sure. I’m a Leftie, and the Orenz is the only reason I can use 0.2.

But I’m with Blackbeard. I think the Zebra Delguard is what really drove adoption of 0.3, it seems easier to find, greater accessibility. Of course I have nothing empirical to support that contention.

Matthew A.