April 02, 2017 4 min read

You might be wondering why would you use mechanical colored pencils, when regular colors, watercolor pencils, and graphite pencils are so convenient and inexpensive? That may be true but knowing the advantage that a mechanical pencil has to offer, we have to ask: “Why would you not use them?” There are a lot of features that make them superior to regular pencils, especially when it comes to artwork.

In order to understand the advantages of using mechanical colored pencils, it helps to understand the benefits of using a mechanical pencil in the first place. In order to get a good understanding of the contrast between them and standard pencils, you can’t just consider the plastic mechanical pencils you find at the supermarket. Let’s take a look at what makes them so special by taking a closer look at one of the most advanced models out there.

A Mechanical Pencil that Lasts a Lifetime

If you want to see just how awesome a mechanical pencil can be, take a look at the Modern Fuel Mechanical Pencil 2.0. This pencil was designed by Andrew Sanderson who set out to make an heirloom quality pencil that looks nothing like the plastic ones you used in high school.

What’s so great about this pencil? Let’s take a look at some of its game-changing features.

  • It’s made of 100% metal (except for an O-ring and the eraser) and is available in titanium, bronze, copper, and stainless steel.
  • There are three interchangeable mechanisms so you can use different size lead in the same pencil.
  • These pencils are perfectly weighted and balanced. They’re tested before they get stamped with their unique serial number.
  • The retractable tip protects from damage whether you keep it in your pocket, pencil cup, or desk drawer.
  • A hidden screw system keeps the pencil together and an Allen wrench is included for disassembly and to make changes to the mechanisms.
  • Machined from one piece of metal for engineering that lasts a lifetime. There’s no rolling, stamping, or pressing used in the creation of these pencils.
  • If something goes wrong, simply return it for repair or they’ll send you a new one.
  • Sleek, minimalist design suits any environment or style.

This design truly takes mechanical pencils to the next level and shows you what they can be. If you doubted that a mechanical pencil had a place in your art, maybe it’s time to think again. Once you see the benefits of mechanical colored pencils, you might be more willing to give them a try.

Why Use a Mechanical Colored Pencil?

Here’s the thing about mechanical colored pencils. They’re just regular mechanical pencils with colored lead. That means that you can use the Modern Fuel Mechanical Pencil 2.0 with colored lead and get all its amazing benefits while you sketch.

So, what makes a mechanical pencil better than a regular pencil? Let’s take a closer look at all the benefits that they have to offer.

No Sharpening

No Sharpening

When you use a mechanical pencil, the lead sharpens itself. Just keep writing and it will continue to give you a sharp point. There are a few mechanisms to advance the lead, the most common being a simple clicking device. This is a lot faster and much neater than using a pencil sharpener with a wooden pencil.

More Consistent Results

When a wooden pencil is freshly sharpened, the tip is much narrower than it is after you begin writing. That makes for inconsistent lines that get thicker and thicker as you go along. A mechanical pencil doesn’t have that problem as the lead is the same width from start to finish.

Environmentally Friendly

Because mechanical pencils are refillable, you can theoretically buy one and use it for an extended period of time. All you need to do it put new lead in. They’re not made of wood so no trees are cut down and, if you recycle or reuse the plastic cases that the lead comes in, there really isn’t any waste.

Consistent Feel and Balance

Think about it, when you sharpen a regular pencil, it gets shorter and shorter every time. Once you get to a certain point, you really can’t even hold it comfortably anymore. The weight is off balance and you can’t quite get the grip you need.

Contrast that with a mechanical pencil that is always the same length and with no matter what you do with the lead. This might not make a difference to everyone but for people who are very particular about their tools, this could make all the difference.

Are There Any Downsides?

There aren’t really any downsides to using a mechanical pencil unless you really have a love for regular pencils. And, even then, it’s a safe bet that once you get used to the weight and feel of a mechanical colored pencil, you may come around to see the benefits.

The Most Advanced Mechanical Colored Pencil Available

We’ve already mentioned the Modern Fuel Mechanical Pencil 2.0 and we cannot emphasize enough how advanced this pencil is. It’s great for taking notes or writing but the fact that you can switch from different size lead makes it a great option for drawing, drafting, and sketching.

Being able to change from one size to another allows you to do loose sketches and fine detail work with the same pencil. Plus, when you take the leap and add colored lead to the mix, you’ll have the most advanced colored pencil anywhere.

The Modern Fuel Mechanical Pencil 2.0 is something that you’ll use for a lifetime. If it breaks, you can send it back for a repair or they’ll make you a whole new one. If you’re looking for an investment for your artwork and colored pencils are your preferred medium, this mechanical pencil can really help take your art to the next level.

Whether you’re sketching, coloring, drafting, designing, or just doodling, make the switch to mechanical colored pencils and your drawing will never be the same.
Andrew Sanderson
Andrew Sanderson

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