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Reddit reviews on Alvin, Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil, 0.5mm

Sentiment score: 5
Reddit mentions: 14

We found 14 Reddit mentions of Alvin, Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil, 0.5mm. Here are the top ones.

A PROFESSIONAL'S CHOICE - Alvin has been the professional's choice for drafting tools and drawing supplies for over half a century. We are known for our wide selection of high quality tools at a fair price.COMES WITH QUALITY LEAD - You no longer need to worry about breaking the lead end while writing or drawing; lead color black or gray, lead size is 0.5mmDESIGNED FOR PROFESSIONAL - Knurled stainless steel for finger grips, rotating lead degree windows and cushion point to making writing control comfy; mechanical pencil, pencil body and components made of steel.EASE AND EFFICIENCY - The built-in eraser makes it a lot easier to erase mistake in your drawing or write. It also comes with a cap to avoid losing the eraser and getting it dirty.CONVENIENT AND SMART STORAGE - The set comes with a black leather pencil pouch to keep them in so you can avoid losing them; synthetic leather, black, stitched.

Found 14 comments on Alvin, Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil, 0.5mm:

u/randymaniacbishop · 17 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I've been using an Alvin Draftmatic pencil for more than 15 years.

u/MikeVladimirov · 17 pointsr/PenmanshipPorn

It's a $70-ish pen. Realistically, that's equivalent to two nights out, if you go to college in a big city. Or, if you're in a rural area, that's three nights out.

When I saw this post, I thought that I'd found the rare college kids that values a relatively obscure hobby enough that he or she makes it a financial priority, and thought it was both endearing and admirable.

But your abrasive comment completely changed my mind!


For what it's worth, I spent all four years of engineering undergrad using a $30 drafting pencil. I used it for another three years after graduation, until the plastic portion of the barrel literally fell apart. I then bought another, identical pencil but for only $10 this time and use it almost daily. That's cheaper than a 12 pack of the standard 0.5mm mechanical pencil, which I guarantee you won't last you a year and, sure as hell, won't last you 7 years.

Assuming you don't get obsessive about it, having good writing tools is much cheaper, in the long run, than buying disposable tools. When you have a quality tool that fits your needs perfectly, you grow to love that tool and, believe me, you won't lose it. It becomes almost like your phone - you always know exactly where it is. And, again trust me, until you've used a writing tool that perfectly fits your needs, you don't realize how much you're missing out on. Writing suddenly becomes a joy and taking notes, completing assignments, or writing essays on exams often ceases to be just an annoying task you have to get out of the way and becomes something you almost look forward to.

No joke, it can really be a life changer.

u/Offish · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I bought the Alvin draft-matic after doing some research, and it feels very well made, though slightly different in style. I haven't had it long enough to endorse it as BIFL, but it's another option to consider.

u/ImALittleCrackpot · 4 pointsr/mechanicalpencils

Check out the Alvin Draft/Matic. It comes in lead sizes from 0.3mm up to 0.9mm.

u/RiteInTheRain_NB · 3 pointsr/notebooks

/u/Grep2grok's point about the speed of lectures is certainly worth considering. I'd parrot his pencil recommendation. For a premium pencil, I'd recommend any of the following:

u/Technoslave · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Alvin ( and the chipmunks! ) is the way to go.

No rubber grip, all metal. The only downside of the pencil is the metal tube that the graphite feeds out of it, it is susceptible to being bent. So long as you're not a kid in highschool throwing all your stuff around you'll be fine.

u/organizeddropbombs · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I bought a 0.5 mm Alvin on a whim sophomore year in college. I almost returned it because I didn't realize how expensive it was until I got home, but I decided to give it a shot.

It's been about eight years and I actually had to search for "good mechanical pencils" on Google because the writing had completely worn off and I couldn't remember the brand. Highly recommended.

u/Harkaan · 2 pointsr/IndustrialDesign

As everyone else has said, its not the tools but the sketching techniques blah blah blah.
But as for my personal preference, I love sketching using ballpoint pens. I use these .2mm staedtler pens (http://www.amazon.com/Staedtler-Drafting-Ballpoint-Superfine-92405BK2/dp/B003UGTN4A) for my quick underlays/mapping out perspective/etc. Then I go in with a cheapo bic pallpoint for finish up the edge lines and make it pop, sometimes even a thick sharpie.

For pencils I use these Alvin drafting pencils (http://www.amazon.com/Alvin-DM05-Draft-Matic-Mechanical-Pencil/dp/B007VTP62U/ref=sr_1_5?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1381378716&sr=1-5&keywords=drafting+pencil) and love em. When I feel like using wood pencils I go with a black prismacolor verithin, and on another note I'd highly advise buying an electric pencil sharpener.

When I'm going to make a nice marker page, I'm gonna usually lay out the underlays on marker paper using my ballpoints, then trace over it on a new sheet of marker paper using a fine liner (unfortunately the ballpoints bleed terribly with markers...if they didn't they'd be the perfect tool) but yeah basically just trace it over and put in the value that way you have a nice line drawing with good placement of value...you can use the underlay to show highlight spots, deep shadows and whatever else.

just my 2 cents

u/yomikins · 2 pointsr/math

Many of my favorites have been discontinued or changed.

The Koh-i-Noor Rapidomatic was my primary pencil for my first 4 college years. I even bought a red and blue colored versions to put red and blue lead in, which was nice for graphs or occasional emphasis. Lovely pencils made in Japan. However, looking at the Amazon reviews they no longer make these, but instead something with the same name and general look, but using all new parts and process in China. You can taste the sadness in the reviews. It looks like people are happy with the Alvin Draftmatic which looks exactly like the Rapidomatic.

The Pilot Vanishing Point has been discontinued. Sad. My favorite pencil, made in Japan. See reviews on Amazon. I introduced a number of people to this, and many of them started using it as their primary pencil. My manager even questioned why I had spent $200 on pencils, when I explained I was ordering a couple of these for myself, asked around, and 10 others in the office said they wanted one or two as well (after trying mine). No drafting grip, and shorter, but really good weight, good feel, quality, and I could write well with them.

The Uni Kuru Toga is nice, but too lightweight and plastic for my taste. The price is hard to argue with. I wonder if the Roulette model would be better as it sounds like it might weigh more.

Dave's review site recommends the Staedtler 925-25. I've tried the 925-05 which is ok (my 11yo uses it) but not the 925-25.

If you have more money, the Rotring 600 and 800+ come highly recommended (lots of metal, high quality, made in Japan). I have never tried one, but I'll buy a 600 sometime soon.

For erasers, I use Staedtler Mars Plastic. They last forever -- I still have one from 1985 with more than half remaining and it works fine. I only bought more so the family can each have one of their own. My tips are (1) don't get oil on them or the paper, and get it off if you do. This means don't run your finger along the eraser part. It causes smearing. (2) erase flat if you can, to save sharp edges for fine work. If you always use the edges, then you won't have a sharp edge to change φ' to φ in the middle of an equation.

u/highvoltageslacks · 1 pointr/Sketching

I've always just used BIC pencils or these guys. If you wanna go a bit fancier you could try a drafting pencil