Blue pencil suggestions



  • Hey any 'old school' pencilers out there have a better suggestion, another brand or ????
    I've been using these Pilot 0.7, soft blue pencil leads, in this little Sakura holder for my sketches and it's kinda frustrating, the lead seems to be to slippery, i know I bear down pretty heavy but the lead seems to slide back up in the holder, or breaks too easily. Any one still doing analog? Chris
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  • @c-davies

    Back when I used real pencils I found the same thing with those technical pencils. Blue lead was super slippery and not fun to work with.

    I switched back to the actual honest-to-god-gotta-sharpen-them-up-from-time-to-time-pencil pencils. Sure, you need to keep a sharpener on you and sometimes those shavings go EVERYWHERE but at the same time they're durable and lot easier to use.

    And if you're anything like me, the cost of buying 10-20 technical pencils (looking for juuuuuuuust the right brand/model) will buy you a TON of standard pencils.



  • I have used pentel blue lead for years. Available Here



  • I like the Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils lately. I was using a standard gray technical pencil before. I bought a 12pk of Carmine Red pencils on Amazon and am quite pleased with them. I think they have them in blue, too.



  • @carriecopa Thanks all, for the suggestions I will give them a try. Chris



  • I've used a FaberCastell Col-Erase 1298 Non-Photo Blue traditional pencil and it services well enough and erases well except on bristol board. I've also tried Pentel brand blue mechanical lead like you are using and I wasn't a fan at all. It was very weak, brittle, and not very erasable. I hope you find something that works better for you.



  • @jon-anderson Thanks