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  • janos 5 Aug 2011 13:57:01 207 posts
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    I used to have a metal Rotring Rapid Pro pencil. Looked gorgeous and was great to write with. Unfortunately it disappeared/was stolen a long time ago.

    I mourn the loss of that far less than the loss of my steel typographic ruler though - that was fantastic. Nowadays everything's done on computers of course, but back in the day every newspaper editor worth their salt had one. Plus it worked great as a theft deterrent - getting smacked on the fingers with one of those HURT.

    (Edited: sp.)
  • smoothpete 5 Aug 2011 14:00:53 31,826 posts
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    I had a slide rule, never had any idea how it worked though

    What were those lever gadgets called where you could trace a small picture using the pencil of one end of the gizmo, and a pencil on the other end of the lever system would draw the same picture but a large version?
  • janos 5 Aug 2011 14:02:06 207 posts
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    Smoothpete: I believe that is a pantograph.
  • mrpon 5 Aug 2011 14:02:08 29,564 posts
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    Spirograph? :p

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  • boo 5 Aug 2011 14:05:03 11,936 posts
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    I seem to be obsessed with buying pencils at the moment. Not the fancy propelling stuff, just ordinary pencils.
    I'm learning Japanese, and have a couple of notebooks that I use for writing Kana, Kanji etc in.
    I'm trying to find a suitable lead, but thus far, 2H and 3H are too hard, and if I make a mistake, they've left an indent in the paper, while HB and beyond (2B etc) seem to be too soft, so minutes after you've sharpened it, it's giving a fat, indistinct line.

    Suggestions please, pencil fetishists!

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  • henro_ben 5 Aug 2011 14:09:19 2,244 posts
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    boo wrote:
    I seem to be obsessed with buying pencils at the moment. Not the fancy propelling stuff, just ordinary pencils.
    I'm learning Japanese, and have a couple of notebooks that I use for writing Kana, Kanji etc in.
    I'm trying to find a suitable lead, but thus far, 2H and 3H are too hard, and if I make a mistake, they've left an indent in the paper, while HB and beyond (2B etc) seem to be too soft, so minutes after you've sharpened it, it's giving a fat, indistinct line.

    Suggestions please, pencil fetishists!

    H or an F surely? Think those are your only options between HB and 2H?
  • mrpon 5 Aug 2011 14:12:55 29,564 posts
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    No ben, 2B or not 2B that is the question.

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  • smoothpete 5 Aug 2011 14:15:57 31,826 posts
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    janos wrote:
    Smoothpete: I believe that is a pantograph.
    That's the one! Awesome.
  • boo 5 Aug 2011 14:24:55 11,936 posts
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    henro_ben wrote:
    H or an F surely? Think those are your only options between HB and 2H?

    Because I've never seen an H, I kind of assumed it went...

    3B 2B HB 2H 3H

    I shall look for an H.

    But F? What is this F of which you speak, and where does it fit in the pencil hardness hierarchy?

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  • morriss 5 Aug 2011 14:26:16 71,286 posts
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    Spanky wrote:
    I've got that clutch pencil, but unfortunately it's pipped by the staedtler as that's got a sharpener built into the cap.

    Check out my fucking rotring pencil, i stole this off a creative director in 1996, he ain't ever getting it back not with it's sexy fucking spring button which slides like nolans cock up morriss chunky hole(with extreme gaping ease).
    You fucking love it, you bitch.
  • boo 5 Aug 2011 14:26:30 11,936 posts
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    This is a bad thread.

    It's got me looking around here..
    I've already mentally spent about $150.

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  • henro_ben 5 Aug 2011 14:29:19 2,244 posts
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    boo wrote:

    I shall look for an H.

    But F? What is this F of which you speak, and where does it fit in the pencil hardness hierarchy?

    F used to sit between HB and H - so harder than HB but softer/blacker than H. I'm pretty sure you can still buy them, atlhough you might have to go to an art shop to find the full range?
  • Dirtbox 5 Aug 2011 14:37:11 79,200 posts
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    F's are few and far between now. If it's a pencil for writing you're looking for, then a Palomino Blackwing is probably just the ticket.

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  • Deleted user 5 August 2011 14:40:18
    Billy_Sastard wrote:
    Anyone got one of those space pens or whatever they are called that you can use under water and writes on glass, a kid at school had one many years ago and got it nicked on her first day.

    Fisher Space Pen. I've got one and it's great as it fits in the fold of my wallet.
  • Dirtbox 5 Aug 2011 14:44:12 79,200 posts
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    Space pens are shit, it's like writing with chewing gum.

    This or this is [u]far[/u] better if you want a compact pen.

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  • boo 5 Aug 2011 14:53:38 11,936 posts
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    That Blackwing 602 looks like it might be just the thing - I shall track some down. Cheers DB!

    While looking for it, found a nice article from the Telegraph site.

    Scroll down for some links to stationery pr0n.

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  • MetalDog 5 Aug 2011 14:56:38 23,920 posts
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    boo wrote:
    This is a bad thread.

    It's got me looking around here..
    I've already mentally spent about $150.

    Oh, you bitch.

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  • RubyRed 5 Aug 2011 14:59:37 4,303 posts
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    janos wrote:
    I used to have a metal Rotring Rapid Pro pencil. Looked gorgeous and was great to write with. Unfortunately it disappeared/was stolen a long time ago.

    I mourn the loss of that far less than the loss of my steel typographic ruler though - that was fantastic. Nowadays everything's done on computers of course, but back in the day every newspaper editor worth their salt had one. Plus it worked great as a theft deterrent - getting smacked on the fingers with one of those HURT.

    (Edited: sp.)

    Aside from the painful smack threat, I would love one of those. Beats trying to draw type using my crap maths skills and graph paper.

    Also, cor!

    I like this thread.
  • brokenkey 5 Aug 2011 15:04:21 7,155 posts
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    I was given a Moleskine note book at a tradefair recently. Its my new object of lust.

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  • MetalDog 5 Aug 2011 15:04:44 23,920 posts
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    If nothing else this thread has reminded me I really need to get back to my 'learn how to book bind' project.

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  • President_Weasel 5 Aug 2011 15:38:29 9,659 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Space pens are shit, it's like writing with chewing gum.

    This or this is [u]far[/u] better if you want a compact pen.

    I had one of those zebra expandz jobs, it was quite good. Did a decent job of being a full-size ballpoint pen when you expanded it, and a decent job of being a quite small thing when you collapsed it again.
    I lost it though, because of the smallness. Also, I assume it'll run out of ink twice as fast as your normal size ballpoint.
  • Razz 5 Aug 2011 15:42:21 61,655 posts
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    My pen of choice has always been the fine point Mitsubishi UB-157

    It's probably the best pen ever made.

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  • MetalDog 5 Aug 2011 15:43:15 23,920 posts
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    That's what I use =), only micro, rather than fine.
    They are fucking awesome.

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  • boo 5 Aug 2011 15:46:06 11,936 posts
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    RubyRed wrote:
    Also, cor!


    Wow...

    I have no idea what I'd do with the dividers, and I already have a perfectly good fountain pen, but...

    I.
    Want.
    That.

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  • Carlo 5 Aug 2011 15:46:15 18,219 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    I had a slide rule, never had any idea how it worked though
    I have one on my watch (and have learnt how to use it too!).

    Regarding pens, I have a very normal Cross Silver ballpoint.

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  • Spanky 5 Aug 2011 15:50:48 14,610 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    My pen of choice has always been the fine point Mitsubishi UB-157
    Pfff Pentel G-Tec C4 is the best mass market pen ever created. Shits on those.

    Plubs

  • mal 5 Aug 2011 15:51:45 22,830 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    My pen of choice has always been the fine point Mitsubishi UB-157

    It's probably the best pen ever made.

    Is that the type with the weird ribcage thing going in under the cap? If so they are awesome. I always use either one of them, my old Parker 25, or some pencil I half inched from somewhere over the years. I can't remember the last time I actually paid for a pencil.

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  • Razz 5 Aug 2011 15:53:23 61,655 posts
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    I've always found the the writing feeling too harsh with Pentels. I get a much smoother experience with Mitsubishi's, feels like I'm gliding on the paper.

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  • Spanky 5 Aug 2011 15:55:54 14,610 posts
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    Try that one, it's like the slickest point you've ever used. I've got some of the mitsubishis but between the collapsing ball in the roller, the mucking and occasional flooding... er forgot what i was going to say. Pentel... better, none of their other pens mind, just those ones. :D

    Plubs

  • Razz 5 Aug 2011 15:59:39 61,655 posts
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    I'll give it a go! Ordered a box of 10.

    @mal, Yeah that's the one!

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