While browsing around one of my favorite pen and mechanical pencil shops, I spotted the Staedtler Graphite 771 mechanical pencil. Staedtler’s 771 features a 1.3mm lead size and sports a thick triangular grip, which looks to be great for heavier duty shop and jobsite use.
As discussed in the comments of our Pentel GraphGear 1000 post, smaller lead sizes such as 0.7mm and even 0.9mm leads are too thin and fragile to be used on lumber. The next size up is 2.0mm, which puts down too thick a line unless a separate lead pointer (or makeshift sandpaper sharpener) is used.
Jumbo-sized barrel and thick break-resistant lead? Sounds great! Unfortunately, I recently ordered more mechanical pencils than I know what to do with. Then again, what’s one more?!
While not as ubiquitous as 0.5 mm and 0.7 mm, or 2.0 mm, 1.3 mm pencil lead refills are readily available.