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Mechanical pencils are a particular type of pencil that does not need sharpening but rather has a replaceable lead that automatically extends. In a way, they are a cross between wooden pencils and ink pens. While many refer to the core writing material inside a pencil as lead, it contains no lead and is mostly graphite. Pencils are the perfect addition to any office supplies order.

Why Use a Mechanical Pencil?
These pencils go by many names including drafting, automatic, technical, pen pencil and even lead pencil. Unlike a pen, its writing material is solid and not liquid. On the other hand, a mechanical pencil differs significantly from a wooden one because the solid graphite inside it is separate from the shell and, therefore, extendable. A mechanical model is just as suitable for teaching school kids penmanship as it is for drafting.

Compared to pens, cool mechanical coloring pencils do not run, bleed or skip. The pencil marks they make are also erasable and never fade with time if left untouched. These specialty pencils also have many advantages over regular wooden ones. Besides never requiring sharpening, they are more compact, durable and comfortable to hold. Their heft and balance also always remain the same. However, more importantly, a mechanical pencil always creates lines of the same thickness. This consistency is the chief reason artists and drafters prefer them.

Key Features of Mechanical Pencils
While it does the same thing as a wooden pencil, a mechanical version is a more advanced tool. Even then, drafting pencils come with varying sets of features. In its most basic configuration, a mechanical pencil has a lead core, a lead sleeve and a shaft. The lead inside the pencil comes in various thickness determined by the use intended for it. The lead sleeve is the part above the tip of the pencil and before the shaft. Drafting Prismacolor pencils meant for technical drawing usually have thin round sleeves while those made for writing sport conical sleeves.

The shaft of a mechanical pencil is the long section gripped in the hand. It is important to find one with a good grip. Usually, drafting pencil shafts come wrapped in silicone rubber or knurled metal to provide an enhanced grip. Another key feature of drafting pencils is the retraction mechanism. While disposable automatic pencils never retract their tips, cool mechanical pencils automatically deploy their tips. However for most models, there is a push button on the shaft for retracting and advancing the pencil's tip. Alternatively, the tip may also move by shaking the pencil, bending its shaft or twisting its cap or cone.

Picking the Right Mechanical Pencil
The right mechanical pencil to choose varies from one person to another. There are multiple factors to consider when looking for the best mechanical pencils for your needs. The most important ones are the pencil's intended use, build quality and desirable qualities.

A parent looking for a mechanical pencil for their child would want a small, compact model with a comfortable grip and a retractable tip that won't break off when stowed in a school bag. A drafter would prefer a mechanical pencil with a good grip and premium build quality as well as a fixed lead sleeve and an accurate lead width. Add a new set of mechanical pencils to your school supplies list.
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BIC Mechanical Pencil Xtra-Life Mechanical Pencil, #2, 0.7mm, 40 Pack (MPP40MJ-BLK)
Item: 24276526 / Model : MPP40MJ-BLK
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  • Mechanical Pencil
  • 0.7 mm
  • Eraser
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Paper Mate No. 2 Mechanical Pencils, 0.7 mm, 36/Pack (1921221)
Item: 1706689 / Model : 1921221
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  • This non-refillable, disposable pencil is easy to use; requiring a simple twist of the barrel to push the lead into position.
  • No. 2 Pencil with 0.7 mm lead for easy-to-read lines
  • Built-in eraser for easy removal of errors
17.79 $17.79
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Staples Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, Dozen (29082)
Item: 2071562 / Model : 29082
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • Equipped with a No. 2 lead, these pencils feature a 0.7mm medium point for precise writing
  • Sparkling hexagonal barrels in bright, assorted colors stand out on your desk
5.19 $5.19
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Pentel Twist-Erase Express Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, 4/pack QE415LZBP4)
Item: 730883 / Model : QE415LZBP4
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • Equipped with 0.5mm lead, these pencils feature a fine point for precise writing
  • Black, blue, and green barrels
8.29 $8.29
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Staples Side Advance Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Soft Lead, 8/Pack (41966)
Item: 957039 / Model : 41966
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • This pencil has No. 2 lead feature a 0.7mm point that resists breakage for smooth writing
  • Sparkling barrels in bright, assorted colors stand out on your desk
9.99 $9.99
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Paper Mate Comfortmate Ultra Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, Dozen (1738798)
Item: 750121 / Model : 1738798
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • This pencil has no. 2 lead that resists breakage for smooth writing
  • Easy to control hourglass barrel; available in assorted colors
18.29 $18.29
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BIC Xtra Comfort Grip Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 6/Pk (MPGP61)
Item: 397063 / Model : MPGP61
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  • Assorted metallic barrels
  • 3 strong #2 Leads
  • Smooth writing lead does not smudge and erases cleanly
5.49 $5.49
6/Pack
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Paper Mate® Write Bros.® Mechanical Pencils, 0.7 mm, Black, 24/pk (1770317)
Item: 1002805 / Model : 1984191
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  • Writes black to handle common everyday tasks
  • 0.7 mm lead delivers precision writing
  • Mechanical pencils preloaded with three lead inserts
7.09 $7.09
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Pentel Sharp™ Mechanical Pencils 2/Pack
Item: SS5613093
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  • .5mm, .7mm, .9mm lead
  • Finger grip and metal clip
  • Hexagon-barrel design keeps pencils from rolling on drafting tables and slanted surfaces
As low as 9.29 $9.29
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Pentel Twist-Erase III Mechanical Pencil, No. 2 Medium Lead, Each (QE517-A)
Item: 429400 / Model : QE517A
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • Equipped with No. 2 lead, these pencils feature a 0.7mm medium point for precise writing
  • Pencil has a round black barrel with a comfortable finger grip
4.79 $4.79
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Paper Mate® Sharpwriter® Mechanical Pencils
Item: SS107250
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  • .7mm lead
  • Spring-loaded cushion point helps prevent lead breakage
  • Simple twist action to advance and retract lead
As low as 4.49 $4.49
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Paper Mate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, 2/Pack (1759214)
Item: 47427 / Model : 1759214
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • No. 2 Medium Lead
  • Sparkling round barrels in bright, assorted colors stand out on your desk
10.79 $10.79
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Pentel Icy Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, Dozen (AL25TC)
Item: 650399 / Model : AL25TC
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • These pencils have No. 2 lead that resists breakage for smooth writing
  • Transparent blue barrel
13.79 $13.79
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BIC Velocity Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Hard Lead, 5/Pack (41021)
Item: 522528 / Model : 41021
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • This pencil has No. 2 lead that resists breaking for consistently smooth writing
  • Blue, green, orange, pink, and purple round barrels
8.99 $8.99
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BIC Student's Choice Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Hard Lead, Dozen (MPLWS11-BLK)
Item: 369248 / Model : MPLWS11-BLK
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • This pencil has No. 2 lead that resists breaking for consistently smooth writing
  • Yellow, round barrel
8.69 $8.69
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BIC ECOlutions Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, 24/Pack (MPEP241)
Item: 432655 / Model : MPEP241
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • This pencil has No. 2 lead that resists breakage for smooth writing
  • Sparkling round barrels in bright assorted colors stand out on your desk
13.89 $13.89
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uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Set, 0.5 mm, Black (1751934)
Item: 805694 / Model : 1751934
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  • Writes black for professional applications
  • 0.5 mm lead writes crisp, precise lines
  • Mechanical pencils feature a patented twist and turn lead mechanism that resists breakage
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STAPLES® NO. 2 MECHANICAL PENCILS FINE 0.5MM ASSORTED 12PK (29087)
Item: 2072223 / Model : 29087
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  • Mechanical pencil with standard No. 2 lead
  • Fine 0.5mm tip size
  • Smudge-resistant rubber eraser makes corrections easy
2.79 $2.79
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Pentel Twist-Erase EXPRESS Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, Dozen (QE419A)
Item: 816155 / Model : QE419A
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • This pencil has No. 2 lead that resists breakage for smooth writing
  • Black barrel
19.19 $19.19
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BIC Velocity Max Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 2/Pack (MPMX7P21-BLK)
Item: 2616113 / Model : MPMX7P21-BLK
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  • Mechanical pencil with black lead
  • 0.7 millimeter #2 tip for standard pencil lines
  • Eraser is 75 percent larger for more coverage area
6.29 $6.29
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Pentel® Twist-Erase® III Automatic Pencils
Item: SS951610
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  • Available in .5mm, .7mm or .9mm leads
  • Ergonomically designed barrel for comfort
  • Perfect for your desk, day planner or pocket
As low as 10.39 $10.39
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Paper Mate Comfortmate Ultra Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, Dozen (1738797)
Item: 750120 / Model : 1738797
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  • Mechanical pencils are ready to use right out of the box
  • This pencil has no. 2 lead that resists breakage for smooth writing
  • Blue, green, burgundy, and purple hourglass barrels for variety
18.29 $18.29
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Pentel Twist-Erase® Express Starter Set, 0.7mm, Each
Item: 730885 / Model : QE417FLZBP4
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  • Ergonomically designed barrel for comfort
  • Perfect for your desk, day planner or pocket
  • Refillable erasers and leads make them economical
8.29 $8.29
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Pentel ® Icy Mechanical Pencil, HB-Soft, 0.7 mm (Dia), Transparent Violet Barrel, 12/Pack
Item: 639678 / Model : AL27TV
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  • Barrel Color: Transparent Violet
  • Lead color: Black
  • HB - soft, 0.7 mm
13.79 $13.79
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