I had resisted getting the Alvin Draft/Matic for quite some time because I generally don’t care for textured metal grips at the bottoms of my mechanical pencils. But, Blick had a sale and this was the last mechanical pencil that is available at this store that I was interested in. I’m glad I took the plunge because the Draft/Matic vaults to the top of my list of drafting pencils with a similar metal grip design.
A few weeks ago, I came to the realization that the tools I was using for gaming weren’t the right ones for what I was trying to accomplish. What exactly was I trying to accomplish? Well, I feel a very strong connection of writing utensil to paper. I’m not a good artist, by any measure. My handwriting is pretty atrocious. But, I find ownership over what I create with writing utensil and paper, more so often than blogging. After all, writing is literally physical and blogging is ones and zeros. If a server somewhere at WordPress headquarters is destroyed in a fire, I’ll lose all of my work here. But a physical copy? It may not be any safer than the server, but at least I know I have control over it. Long story short, I have always felt that if an intellectual has a signature “tool”, for me it is a writing instrument and this is my foray into finding the style of mechanical pencil, specifically, that is best for me.
In doing research for my pencils blog post, I started to get intrigued by mechanical pencils made for drafters. So, yesterday when I was out with my wife , I stopped at a Blick Art Store and perused their drafting pencils.