Tom's Studio - Mechanical Pencil
The best mechanical pencils often combine materials to create the perfect balance in the hand, and mine is no exception.
Joyful Drawing, Timeless Design
I’ve always loved using a mechanical pencil. I remember my Dad giving me a Pentel when I was a teenager and I was instantly hooked on using it for sketching as well as drawing, the feel of graphite on paper and the forgiving nature of the erasablility and soft grey tone. Not to mention the satisfying click of the mechanism itself.
I think this may be why it’s taken me so long to design one myself, it had to live up to my own high expectations of what makes a great mechanical pencil!
First and foremost, it had to feel amazing to use. So I started by designing the form. I wanted it to be sleek and unfussy, with simple details that make all the difference. The best mechanical pencils often combine materials to create the perfect balance in the hand, and mine is no exception. The grip area is solid brass which offers a smooth yet tactile feeling when holding the pen as well as bringing the balance towards the front which makes for precise control and feedback from the page.
The main body of the pen is aluminium which takes away any excess weight that would result from the whole pen being brass. This also means that you can choose between 5 beautiful shades to make your pen feel truly yours.
The mechanism is as reliable as they come. It has a solid aluminium plunger that locates into a German made Schmidt DSM with a large capacity for lead and an all important and extremely satisfying *click*
Good to know:
- The pen weighs 25g and measures 140mm x 10mm (at it's widest)
- Choose between either 0.5 or 0.7 lead size
- 3 x HB leads are included in the pencil
- You can find lead refills in a variety of lead types and colours here
- The pen doesn’t come with an eraser but you can find the best eraser in the world here
- Brass naturally patinas over time, you can choose to embrace this or give it a little polish to get it back to it's gleaming best.
Buy it with
My Mechanical Pencil Design Brief:
1. It must be made from beautiful longlasting materials
2. It must be a joy to use, both functionally and as the pen you want to reach for
3. It must be unfussy, simple and timeless.
4. Parts must be recyclable and easily replaceable
5. It must, I repeat MUST have a satisfying *CLICK!*
Precisely made, precisely used
The pen is made using a Swiss, sliding head lathe. This makes parts with incredible intricacy and precision (like watch parts). This means that your Mechanical pencil is precise to 0.02 of a millimeter. When you care about the quality of your work, it matters to have a tool that is made with the same attention to detail.
Weight & Balance.
I personally don't enjoy the experience of writing with a super lightweight pen, they can feel flimsy and lack substance. In contrast, when the weight is just right, the line quality and feedback you get from the paper is exceptional. To achieve this, it's incredibly important that balance is perfect, I find the sweet spot is ever so slightly more weighted towards the tip. This makes the pen feel as though it's as eager to draw or write as you are!
Draw the Line
Mechanical pencils are a brilliant solution to disposable pens, all you need to do is replace the leads and you can reuse your pen for decades to come. The only point of failure might be the click, which is why my pencil uses tried and tested German made Schmidt mechanisms for a satisfying click everytime
"Is there anything more satisfying than sitting down and emersing yourself in something creative?
I designed the Mechanical Pencil to be your creative sidekick of sorts"
Tom Gyr - Designer
great things come in small packages
Your Mechanical pencil comes tucked into it's very own pen box made from FSC paper.
Form meets Function
I look at design as having the fewest and simplest parts while maximizing function. The mechanical pencil exemplifies this principle, crafted with minimal components. Similar to a delectable pasta dish created with the finest ingredients, when these components are skillfully combined, they create a remarkable experience.
Built to Behold
When you buy a Tom's Studio product, you can expect it to be made from the most durable materials that have been finished to perfection. The devil is often in the detail, like the satin like #150 grade bead blasting along the aluminium body, the very specific Pantone colour matching or the special coating that protects the brass on the grip.
I bought two of the pencils so i could have two lead grades immediately to hand.
The weight of them hangs so beautifully balanced that accuracy of mark making is so fluid. The barrel is smooth and easy on the finger and thumb….. above all is the clutch mechanism, its smooth and clicks assuredly to advance the lead….a great design through and through and my new go to mechanical drawing pencil choice.
I’ve had this pencil in ‘Ivy’ since the product launch. It’s been an almost impossible task to write a review because I. Cannot. Put. This. Pencil. Down.
Aesthetically beautiful and fabulously ergonomic with a ‘click’ to die for. A worthy addition to my fledgling Tom’s Studio collection.
lovely design, excelent performance due to the weight on tne tip
So the bad point about this pencil first. There is no clip on it so no sticking it in your jacket and it staying there and it rolls around the desk. But that is the only thing I can find fault with this pencil. The shape is like a very elongated tear drop which is different to all the other mechanical pencils I own. But it means all the weight is near the bottom where you hold it resulting in a wonderfully balanced feel. It is also heavier than all the other pencils I have and again I love this. The result is a very relaxed feel to writing when it is in your hand. The mechanism is a German one and it very smooth for ejecting the lead for writing and easy to push it back in when you are done. Overall it is an excellent pencil and my go-to choice now. Worth the money.
I have no doubt that this gorgeous piece of art will be a keepsake forever. Tom’s Studio mechanical pencil is a masterpiece. Thank you for creating this stunningly beautiful and practical tool.