The 10 Best Drafting Pencils

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Drafting Pencil

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For this post, I have put together a collection of the best drafting pencils currently available for purchase. 

Designed for professionals, these precision instruments use high-quality materials to allow you to do your best work. If cared for properly, these pencils should last a lifetime. 

So here is my list of The 10 Best Drafting Pencils.

Enjoy!

1. Rotring 800 Drafting Pencil

Top of the line mechanical drafting pencil with full metal body and retractable mechanism. 

Unique "Twist and Click"

  • The entire sleeve and lead retracts into to barrel making it pocket safe and durable.

Ergonomic metal barrel

  • Full metal body providing ideal balance of weight and feeling.
  • Hexagonal barrel ensuring fatigue-free writing and drawing.
  • Shaped to prevent the tool from sliding when laid down on angled drafting tables.
  • Non-slip metal knurled grip.

rOtring pencil technology

  • rOtring brass mechanism for precision lead advancement.
  • Fixed lead guidance sleeve preventing break and offering an unimpeded view of the page for precise ruler-based drawing.

Rotring 800 Drafting Pencil is also available silver:


2. Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil

The second best offering in Rotring's lineup (does not have the retractable mechanism).

However, this iconic mechanical pencil still has a full metal body and rOtring’s original design. 

rOtring pencil technology

  • rOtring brass mechanism for precision lead advancement. Fixed lead guidance sleeve preventing break and offering an unimpeded view of the page for precise ruler-based drawing.

Ergonomic metal barrel

  • Full metal body providing ideal balance of weight and feeling.
  • Hexagonal barrel ensuring fatigue-free writing and drawing.
  • Shaped to prevent the tool from rolling when laid down on angled drafting tables.

Lead hardness grade indicator

  • Allows for a rapid identification when working.

3. Pentel Arts Drafting Pencil Set

The Pentel GraphGear 1000 mechanical Pencil is a superior drafting pencil set for architects, draftsmen, artists and enthusiasts alike.

  • The 4mm tip design makes it ideal for use with rulers and templates.
  • A unique, dual-action retractor advances and retracts the Pencil tip to protect lead from breaking.
  • The built-in lead hardness indicator allows you to easily identify your lead type.
  • It comes pre-loaded with super Hi-Polymer HB lead, which never needs sharpening and produces a clear dark line.
  • The finely chiseled metallic grip inlaid with soft, latex-free pads makes extended writing and drawing comfortable.
  • It is backed by pentel’s limited lifetime warranty.

4. Pilot Drafting Pencil

  • Birch Body
  • 0.5mm lead
  • Available in Dark Brown and Deep Red body for 0.3mm / 0.5mm 

5. Staedtler Mars 780 Technical Drafting Pencil

This drafting pencil is a familiar sight for most architects and architecture students. 

  • Technical mechanical pencil, 2mm #2 lead.
  • For writing, sketching, drawing
  • Metal clip, push button advance
  • Integrated lead pointer in push button
  • Made in Germany

Must-have accessory: 

  • Sharpener for 2mm leads
  • Rotary action with integrated dust wiper
  • Metal sharpener with auto sharpening stop
  • Measurement device for adjusting sharpening cone

6. Alvin Draft-Matic Drafting Pencil

  • Designed for professionals, these pencils feature knurled stainless steel finger grips, rotating lead degree windows, and cushion points for comfortable writing control and minimal lead breakage.
  • The 4mm long stainless steel lead sleeve supports the lead and provides drawing accuracy even with thick straightedges.
  • Built-in eraser under cap.
  • Black barrel. Supplied with B Degree lead.

7. Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Automatic Drafting Pencil

  • Superior drafting pencil for professionals and enthusiasts.
  • Finely chiseled metallic grip inlaid with soft latex-free pads provide extended writing comfort.
  • Ergonomic, weighted barrel is ideal for all drafting needs. 4mm fixed sleeve helps prevent lead from breaking and is ideal for template work.
  • Lead hardness indicator on barrel allows user to decide which degree to write in.
  • Removable pocket clip for added convenience. Easily push top to advance lead and retract by pushing top of pocket clip.
  • Pentel Super Hi-Polymer Lead never needs sharpening and is equivalent to a #2 pencil.
  • Refillable with Pentel Super Hi-Polymer Lead and Z2-1 eraser.

8. Pentel GraphGear 500 Automatic Drafting Pencil

  • GraphGear 500 technical drafting pencil features a 4mm fixed sleeve for template work and technical drawings.
  • Metallic-mesh grip delivers precision and control.
  • Drafting pencil offers a top click, stationary eraser and tip. Refillable with Pentel Super Hi-Polymer Lead and Z21 refill eraser.

9. Koh-I-Noor Drafting Pencil

  • Handsome black metal body with silver accents.
  • Featured are a built-in sharpener, push button spring clutch and clip.
  • This precision drawing instrument is ideal for sketching, writing and technical drawing.
  • Uses 5.6mm lead.

10. Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Automatic Drafting Pencil

  • GraphGear features a 4mm tip design for rulers and templates.
  • Dual-action retractor protects lead.
  • Built-in lead hardness indicator.
  • Metallic grip with soft, latex-free pads.
  • Solid design and weighted at your fingertips for precise drafting and professional work.
  • Pre-loaded with Pentel Super Hi-Polymer HB Lead. Industry leading lead that never needs sharpening, super strong, and produces a clear dark line.
     

I hope this list has been helpful, if I left out a drafting pencil you think is important, let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, see also my posts on:

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