My problem with mechanical pencils is that I break the lead tips constantly. I'm not the only one who dislikes mechanical pencils for this reason. In the past, mechanical pencil makers have tried to solve this problem by creating lead formulations that resist snapping, but these kinds of "unbreakable" lead have a plastic feel that's unappealing.
Last year Zebra, a Japanese company, introduced a new $(removed) mechanical pencil with a dual-spring tip that allows the lead to flex under pressure without breaking. In the video below, someone presses a mechanical pencil against a scale and the tip breaks when the scale gets to 1kg. Then they use a Zebra DelGuard pencil and the lead doesn't break until the scale gets to 5kg.
I keep a pack of Crayola colored pencils in my bag. This is a good deal the 36 pack for about the price of the 10. I keep a pack in my travel carry-on, incase I am overcome by the urge to sketch something. My ability to draw anything is very limited, but not by […]
Bobby Duke carved a pencil into magnificent recursion. He calls it “Pencil Inception.”
Organize your pens and pencils rather than poke holes in your pockets!
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The more you use your computer, the more it becomes possible for others to use it too. Where there are anti-virus systems, there are hackers looking for a way to get around them. That’s why it’s important to get software that doesn’t just passively scout for viruses in the background. The folks behind GlassWire have […]
Knowledge is power. It’s a cliché, but sometimes things turn into a cliché because they’re true. If you’re making your way through the world of business and entrepreneurship, it only makes sense to read about the insights of people who have climbed that ladder before you. Trouble is, the modern workday doesn’t leave a lot […]