Best Mechanical Pencils

Ditch the pencil sharpener with these handy writing tools


October 14, 2021
Do you have enough mechanical pencils for school and home? Pixabay

Mechanical pencils are a favorite for students and professionals alike. Here are our notes on some of the best mechanical pencils.

BIC Mechanical Pencil Xtra Smooth Bright Edition, Black, 0.7mm, 40-Count, MPCE40-BLK

Large collection

Each has a contrasting colored clip and a bright white eraser just in case you make a little goof. BIC

Everyone in the family can add a few to their pencil holders with dozens of colorful mechanical pencils. Looking like pens, but delivering a #2 pencil, these mechanical pencils are just right – not too hard, like #2 ½ and #3 pencils, or the soft #1. The choice of students in the classroom and taking scanned tests, mechanical pencils are a great addition to your pencil pouch, case, or pocket. This package of 40 has eight of each color: purple, orange, red, yellow, and blue.

Buy: BIC Mechanical Pencil Xtra Smooth Bright Edition

Paper Mate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencils, 0.7 mm #2 Pencil | Pencils for School Supplies, Blue Barrels, 12 Count

Side-click lead

The clear base provides a nice contrast to the deep blue textured grip area and other blue accents. Paper Mate

With a quick click, you can advance your lead for seamless composition and test-taking. We have all taken some fill-in-the-bubbles test and realized that we accidentally skipped a line. That’s where this mechanical pencil really shines. With a twist, the eraser comes out revealing a convenient larger-than-you-think eraser, to quickly get you back on track. The see-through barrel on this mechanic pencil lets you see the leads, so you can always add a few more if needed. Ergonomically designed for long-lasting writing comfort, this set of 12 pencils holds 0.7 mm leads.

Buy: Paper Mate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencils

Pentel Sharp Automatic Pencil, 0.9mm Lead Size, Yellow Barrel

Versatile choice

It has the easy-to-hold that design engineers, architects, and students demand. Pentel

Whether you’re using metal straight edges or templates, this longer 4mm pencil tip yields superior results. In the yellow tone we all recognize as pencil color, these 12 always-sharp mechanical pencils are easy to locate in the bottom of your backpack or bookbag. They come filled with a polymer lead that is made from 100 percent recycled plastics. We chose the standard 0.7mm leads, but you can also get fine point 0.5mm, or wide 0.9mm leads as well.


Buy: Pentel Sharp Automatic Pencil

Mr. Pen- Metal Mechanical Pencil Set with Lead and Eraser Refills, 5 Sizes, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, 2mm, Drafting, Sketching, Architecture, Drawing Mechanical Pencils, Metal Mechanical Pencils

All metal construction

The clean style and full metal barrel make these durable and long-lasting. Even the eraser has a metal cover. Mr. Pen

From budding designer to an aspiring artist, enjoy the complete pencil versatility these five pencils can provide. With an assortment of pencils and leads in sizes 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm, and 2.0mm, you can draw and design with all those thicknesses at your fingertips. Plus, they are all refillable and come with extra high-polymer ink. We love that the largest size, 2.0mm pencils, come with colored pencil leads, too! Ten more erasers are also included in this convenient set.

Buy: Mr. Pen- Metal Mechanical Pencil Set with Lead and Eraser Refills


Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Cyndi recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat.


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