Day 8: Paper♥Mate Triangular Mechanical Pencil

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***I was neither endorsed nor sponsored by this brand to make this review. I purchased the item with my own money and am reviewing it of my own volition.***

Another writing utensil! Except this time it’s a pencil! A mechanical one at that!

As much as I’ve gone on and on about pens, I actually really like writing with pencils a lot more. I don’t do it so much because I’ve finally accepted that it’s okay to have lines and scribbles across misspelled words. In fact, I’ve actually grown fond of seeing those kind of errors in my handwriting. Still, I like pencils a lot.

Whenever I attempt to be “artistic” I turn to pencils. They’re never dedicated art pencils, but rather whatever I can get my hands on. In these cases, I would usually prefer a wooden pencil over a mechanical one due to the shape of the tip (wooden being thicker than mechanical), but in the case of this pencil, I feel a bit differently.

This is the Paper♥Mate Triangular Mechanical Pencil.

I first obtained these about two years ago on an emergency stationery trip to my local CVS Pharmacy. I have wrist issues (probably carpel tunnel) from a combination of prolific writing, gaming, and bad posture so as much as I enjoy writing/”drawing” my hands cramp up pretty easily. I was attracted to these because of the thick barrels. The triangle aspect was unique, but not a selling point at the time. In fact, I was fairly certain it was going to be a problem.

Amazingly enough, the shape actually helped me grip the pencil better. The thickness of the barrel combined with the shape and the density of the lead, I quickly fell in love with this pencil.

As you can see, the lead is actually a bit inconsistent with the same pressure. I honestly don’t mind that, but it might not be for everyone. The Bic pencil below it (probably purchased at Staples) has darker and more consistent lead. I tested both in my Mnemosyne notebook and they both glided across the pages. To be honest, I was worried I wasn’t even in contact with the page when I was using the Paper♥Mate. It just felt so airy which is evident by how light that first bit of lead came out.

Spotty performance test aside, I really do still like these pencils. I tend to choke down on my writing instrument and I feel like I hold these better than the traditionally thinner round barrels.

I know wide barrels tend to be marketed toward younger children learning how to write, but if you struggle with grip like I do, maybe check these out!

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