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Is a mechanical pencil a #2 pencil?

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It has been suggested that the #2 in pencils is a mechanical pencil as a way of protecting against accidental misuse. However, I’m not exactly sure that it’s that simple. For one thing, it’s possible that some pencil manufacturers have different names for their pencils on the market, but for another – especially if someone doesn’t really want to bother in the first place – it makes sense that this kind of mechanical pencil should be used in a pencil case. (I think there are a few cases out there where if you are going to use a mechanical pencil in a pencil case, you are better off just throwing your pencil in the drawer, and getting rid of it.)

It could be that the #2 in pencils is just the name of the actual pencil, if you see a pencil case with its name on it. However, we know that the actual pencil, not the name is an important thing to look at when you buy a pencil. (See “Determining an Individual Pencil Sharpness” for a discussion on finding a perfect pencil for your writing needs.)

So, it could be that we’re looking at a #2 in pencils, for example, or it could be that you are specifically looking at that pencil so that it’s safe to use in a pencil case.

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