A Simple Guide to Pentel Mechanical Pencils

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We don't all like pens, some of us prefer the correctional ability of a pencil for work or for completing that crossword puzzle

Mechanical pencils offer a freedom from fiddly sharpeners and messy pencil shavings, and present a more sophisticated approach to writing for those who do not like the permanence of an ink pen. Pentel have been specialising in mechanical pencils and lead technology since the 1960s, and their wide range of pencils offers an arguably incomparable choice for both professional and personal use alike.
This is a quick guide to the most popular of these pencils, to help you make the right choice...

This is a quick guide to the most popular of these pencils, to help you make the right choice...

P205
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P200 Series (P203, P205, P207, P209)

The P200 series is the best selling of Pentel's mechanical pencils. It has been expertly engineered for writing, drafting and drawing. Ideal for precision and accuracy - gives a consistent line width. 
The P200 series has a range of quality features including a fixed sleeve, precise lead advance, grooved finger grip, adjustable pocket clip and replaceable eraser, kept clean under the metal tip. This pencil is available in 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 0.9mm lead size. 
A317
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120 A3DX Series (A313, A315, A317, A319)

The 120 A3DX is an outstanding quality general drawing and writing pencil. It has a comfortable rubber grip, which helps control when using for precision work. Similar to the P200, there is an eraser tip which is kept clean under the plastic cap on the end of the pencil. This pencil is available in 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 0.9mm lead size.
QE517
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Twist Erase (QE515, QE517, QE519)

The Twist Erase is unique in that it contains a jumbo sized eraser, concealed inside the pencil and revealed by twisting the barrel. A smooth rubber grip and Pentel's signature metal tip make this a lovely pencil to write with. Available in 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 0.9mm lead size.
QE205
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Twist Erase GT (QE205)

The Twist Erase GT also features the twistable jumbo eraser, but in a much lighter pencil. With it's distinctive 'cotton reel' shaped, ribbed rubber grip and translucent plastic barrel it is a very comfortable pencil for general writing. Only available in 0.5mm lead size.
P365
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P365

The newest member of the Pentel mechanical pencil family, the P365 has an innovative metal and rubber combined grip for ensured comfort and control. The pencil's low centre of gravity guarantees stability for precision work and general writing and drafting. It has a tiered point and 4mm fixed sleeve. An eraser tip is held under a metal cap. This stylish and professional looking pencil is a much welcomed new addition. Only available in 0.5mm lead size.
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Tradio Mechanical Pencil (TRP55)

By far the most sophisticated and stylish of the mechanical pencils, the Tradio has the appearance of a high quality pen, with the best features of a pencil. It has a unique side-advance button, allowing you to advance the lead without interrupting your writing. Lid easily clips on and off to protect the fine metal tip when not in use. A lightweight and truly beautiful pencil available in 0.5mm lead size.
All the pencils featured here are available from SBS Consumables eBay shop (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/SBS-CONSUMABLES) along with the refill leads in all grades from classic HB to softer B, 2B, 3B and 4B and hard H, 2H, 3H and 4H. Pentel's Super Hi-Polymer refill leads are best sellers. These extra strong leads give a dark line and have a slow wear rate. The Pentel Ain Stein leads have a unique ceramic cell structure making them 10% stronger than other pencil leads.
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