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Alvin Constructor 5022
Dietzgen "Keen-Point"
Dietzgen MIFA
Eagle Turquoise Twenty

Caran d’Ache
A.W. Faber-Castell, Germany
Faber-Castell TK 9501
A.W. Faber Castell TK 9600
Faber-Castell TK-Fine 9715
Faber-Castell TK-Fine L
Faber-Castell TK-Fine Vario
A.W. Faber-Castell, U.S.A.
A.W. Faber Castell Locktite 9600 Fleet-Line
Fedra Fineline 0.5
Fedra Fineline 0.7
Keuffel & Esser
K&E Leroy 020 new
K&E Leroy 022
K&E Leroy Pencil
Keuffel & Esser 58-0431
K&E / Pentel Graph Pencil
Koh-I-Noor 5619 Very-Fine
Koh-I-Noor 5623
Koh-I-Noor 5617
Koh-I-Noor Rapid-O-Matic 5633
Koh-I-Noor Rapid-O-Matic 5637
Koh-I-Noor unknown model
Mitsubishi Uni M5-552
Mitsubishi Uni U5-703
Norex 305
Ohto SP 500M
Ohto Promecha 1000
Pentel 350
Pentel Sharp 9 PS-100
Pentel Graph Pencil
Pentel PG2
Pentel PMG (export model)
Pentel PMG (Japanese model)
Pentel PG4
Pentel PG5
Pentel PG7
Pentel PG309
Pentel Graph PG507
Pentel Graph PG507
Pentel Graph PG507
Pentel Graph PG507
Pentel Graph PG507
Pentel Graph PG513
Pentel Graph PG514
Pentel Graph PG515
Pentel Graph PG517
Pentel Graph PG519
Pentel Graph 1000, PG1003
Pentel Graph 1000, PG1004
Pentel Graph 1000, PG1005
Pentel Graph 1000, PG1009
Pentel GraphGear 1000
Pentel 11
Pentel PG1505
Pentel PG2003
Pentel Mechanica
Pentel PSD5
Pentel P100 Series
Pentel P203
Pentel P205 (green)
Pentel P205 (black)
Pentel P207
Pentel P209
Pentel PF337
Pentel PF337
Pentel PF339
Pentel Sliding Sleeve Sharp 523
Pentel Sliding Sleeve Sharp 315
Pilot "Vanishing Point" H-1000
Pilot H-560 series
Pilot H-580 series
Pilot S-20
Righella Gom–Mina
rotring 300 series
rotring 400
Rotring 500
rotring 600
rotring 600
rotring Tikky new
rotring T
rotring TS slide
rotring Tikky II
rotring Tikky II
rotring T (Tikky II style)
rotring Tikky (3rd generation)
Tikky double push
rotring 400 (Tikky metallic double push)
rotring compass pencil
Schwan Stabilo
Staedtler Micrograph
Staedtler Micrograph 77017
Staedtler Micrograph 77017
Staedtler Micrograph 77017
Staedtler Micrograph 77019
Staedtler Micrograph 77103
Staedtler Micrograph 77113
Staedtler Marstechno 770
Staedtler Marsmicro 770
Staedtler 775
Staedtler 775
Staedtler 775
Staedtler micromatic 05
Staedtler 925 03
Staedtler 925 05
Staedtler 925 07
Staedtler 925 09
Staedtler 925-25 09
Staedtler REG
Tacro 4438
Tacro 4438
Tacro 4438
Tombow unknown model
Tombow Monotech 0.7
Tombow Monotech (dial, silver) 0.5
Tombow Monotech (dial, silver) 0.7
Tombow Monotech (dial, black) 0.5
Uchida Drawing Sharp D
Yasutomo & Co.
Yasutomo Demi 05

Thin Lead Drafting Pencils

Other areas of Leadholder with information about thin lead drafting leadholders:

[ I used to have a rant here about how much I hate thin lead mechanical pencils that was rather amusing I thought 1.  I frequently would receive email prefaced with things like, “I know you hate them, but I have a question about [insert favorite thin lead pencil here],” which suggested to me that my rant was causing apprehension among those who had questions about thin lead pencils.  So I’ve retired that bit, but you can still read it here if you like.

I no longer hate all of them.  Some of them are too damn cool to hate. ]

Mechanical Writing Pencils vs. Drafting Pencils

The elongated sleeve is what distinguishes a drafting pencil from a writing pencil. The sleeve is the tiny tube out of which the lead protrudes.  Drafting pencils have sleeves of 3 to 5 mm while a writing pencil typically has a 2 mm sleeve or sometimes no visible sleeve. The elongated sleeve’s purpose is to glide along the edge of a rule or template.

With Thin lead drafting pencils the pencil is held perpendicular to the straightedge instead of aiming the pencil point toward the intersection of the straightedge and the surface of the paper as is done with thick lead leadholders and wood cased pencils.  Thin lead pencils are however slightly angled away from the direction of movement so as to counter lateral forces on the lead.

There are countless mechanical pencils these days sold in 0.5 mm and 0.7 mm lead diameters for the purpose of general use, but if a pencil is also available in 0.3 mm or 0.9 mm chances are it is a drafting pencil.

A.W Faber-Castell TK 9501

This excellent Faber-Castell mechanical drafting pencil has an elongated sleeve at the point. (The lead itself is not visible in this image.)

One feature that is endemic to drafting mechanical pencils is an elongated sleeve. The sleeve is the tiny metal tube that envelops the lead and protrudes from the point of a mechanical pencil. For drafting use it is preferred that the sleeve protrude at least 3 mm and be strictly cylindrical so as to be ridden smoothly along the edge of a square etc. Some pencil designs include a sliding sleeve, which slides inward as the lead is worn thereby protecting the lead from breakage. The sleeve in drafting pencils is most often fixed whereas the sliding sleeve is more common amongst writing pencils.


1:  The retired rant:

I NEVER thought the day would come when thin lead mechanical pencils would find their way onto this website. I've been ranting since long before this site began about the evils of thin lead pencils and the corruptive power they have over impressionable youth. Although these impure drawing implements are now represented in the collection, thin lead mechanical pencils and their use are in no way endorsed by Leadholder.

One problem I have with such pencils is the uninspired design of almost all of them. Even poor quality thick lead drafting pencils have a sturdiness about them. They hold the lead firmly and confidently. Almost without exception their design is spare and restrained. Thin lead pencils, in contrast, have little jiggy-jogs and plastic protrusions all over their wimpish forms. They have a weak, ambiguous feel to the mechanism, and reveal their inferior nature through the offensive little clicks they generate as the lead is advanced. The difference between a very high quality thin lead mechanical pencil and a cheap one is damn close to no difference at all. The spectrum of thin lead drafting pencils runs from all metal rotrings to deep within the territory of mega-mass-produced disposable shit clickers sold by the carload full for the use of faceless populations of office drones. Yet, aside from the heft of the metal variations they have indistinguishably sloppy actions.

OK. I'm being too hard on these poor sticks. They are a legitimate drafting tool, and they deserve mention on a website purportedly devoted to drafting pencils. I knew I'd regret expanding my collection to "drafting pencils" rather than the more exclusive "leadholders." Oh the shame of it all!