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liz

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on: September 22, 2014, 09:00:50 AM
Where's Zach?


After finding his May 2013 thread on Mechanical Pencils, I couldn't add on my comment to it.  Anyway,  I went out and looked for the right MP (mechanical pencil) and found one to do the lighthouse drawing.  It is the best MP ever, after trying a few I found laying around my home that were too fine and lightweight to my liking.


It is the Japan made SUMO GRIP with a white eraser that writes and erases clean.  I bought the largest lead 0.9. It was a new item in the art supply store I frequent, equivalent to HB and works like a dream for line work.  Thought someone may be looking for a great MP.  Cost $2.30 on sale as in-store new item special, regular about $4.50 each.  Pentel refills available for $.59.
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Reply #1 on: September 22, 2014, 12:56:16 PM
 :thankyou: for the info Liz, HERE is a link to Amazon for all the SUMO pencils


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Reply #2 on: September 22, 2014, 04:14:52 PM
 :thankyou: Nolan, I got my pencil at a great price, bought a couple for the younger grandkids and maybe should get a couple more.  My husband said, 'What for?' and I said, 'in case'. . .   :2funny:
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Reply #3 on: September 23, 2014, 05:04:57 PM
sounds like Dennis :whistle:


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Reply #4 on: September 23, 2014, 05:15:22 PM
Better to get an extra one or two of whatever than pay more later.  Does that sound like the wisdom of older folks?


When my son runs out of something, we are likely to have it.  When potatoes are on sale, we buy extra and share some with him; when he gets bananas cheap, he brings some over.  It's kind of a way of life I guess.  :)
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Reply #5 on: September 24, 2014, 03:45:40 AM
Liz, I had to chuckle for we also share any abundance we may have. My son in law recently purchased a bushel of tomatoes and it was shared amongst us all.  Our families always did that which has carried through to our children.  Lovely to hear.  Patricia 
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Reply #6 on: September 24, 2014, 06:43:57 AM
 :)


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Reply #7 on: October 15, 2014, 01:56:51 PM
I use BIC mech pencils, 0.7 leads HB for sketching etc. When I do a portrait I use up to 5 BICs 2H, H, HB, B, 2B. Adding a wood cased 4B or 6B when needed. Bics are cheap, my first came as a packet of 5 for $NZ5, now they are double, tho one shop has them singly. My oldest is from around the late 1970s and was made in France.  OK size for up to about A4.
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Reply #8 on: October 16, 2014, 01:43:55 PM
The mechanical pencils work great, especially for things like hair


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Reply #9 on: October 16, 2014, 05:50:32 PM
I am a little confused how the mm size relates to the HB, B, etc sizes? I did not find any that were described that way. Any thoughts?
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Reply #10 on: October 16, 2014, 05:57:01 PM
The mm is the size of the lead and the letters indicate how hard or how soft the lead is - the harder it is the finer/lighter the line, the softer it is the bolder/darker the line. Hope this is helpful, Kris.
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Reply #11 on: October 20, 2014, 11:32:13 AM
 :thankyou:  Tania. Somehow I have missed the hardness or softness indicator on the packaging. I only find the mm size of the lead. I guess you can get refills of any softness then just as long as the mm size matches?
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Reply #12 on: October 26, 2014, 08:57:54 PM
Kris, the special leads are likely available only or primarily in art stores. :)
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Reply #13 on: October 27, 2014, 02:47:38 AM
The leads for mechanical pencils can be found at Office supply stores, art stores, and even Target and Walmart has some.
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Reply #14 on: October 29, 2014, 02:42:19 AM
I found them at Hobby Lobby in the drafting department available sizes 4B-4H.
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