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Posted 4/23/16
I usually use pen but honestly I prefer good old wooden #2s. Just don't get too many chances to use them anymore.
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Posted 4/23/16
I'm in highschool and I still use pencils
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Posted 4/23/16
At home I mostly type but when I do write I use whatever is closest which is usually either a HB pencil or my Prismacolors.

On the job it is 50/50 between a black Sharpie clipped to my collar/pocket/hat or a 2B pencil on my ear. Whichever marks better on the pipe/wood that I am working with....
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Posted 4/23/16
I prefer erasable pens myself, best of both worlds really.
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Posted 4/23/16
The stereotypical yellow pencil is great to write with if you can find one that's a decent quality. Unfortunately a lot of times you end up with the cheap stuff (with the super hard erasers that erase by tearing through the paper). My problem with pencils is I need a pencil sharpener, and it's also hard to come by a decent sharpener. It's hard to carry around a pencil because the lead always breaks. It works if you leave it in one place, like your work desk and only use it there.

Hence it's mechanical pencils or pens. Mechanical pencils are okay, they're like a hybrid between a wood pencil and a pen. I'm mostly a pen person, but I don't mind switching to lead either. The smoothness you get when writing with lead over a ball-point pen is really comfortable when you need to write for a long time. Then there's the convenience of being able to erase. But after using pens for so long you tend to stop erasing out of habit.
Posted 4/23/16
Maybe I'm weird....I still use those yellow #2 pencils
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Posted 4/23/16 , edited 4/23/16
This is my go to pencil
I always use mechanical pencils, primarly 0.9mm but I have 0.7,0.5 and 0.3mm for drafting/drawing.
I'll use pen if I need to or I want something permanent.

Only ever used the iconic #2 Pencil in middle and elementary school
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Posted 4/24/16
Thank you all for posting.

Isn't it strange that the things 'we' take for granted can be a cultural icon and we don't note it. It was just something I saw while watching American television/movies and was just a little different from back home
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Posted 4/24/16 , edited 4/24/16
Math guy here. Death by frustration would be a real concern in a world without pencils. Or, more accurately, erasers.

I actually prefer my No. 2's to mechanicals, although I'm not sure I have any specific reasons apart from nostalgia or mental inertia.
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Posted 4/24/16 , edited 4/24/16
Examiners would require me to use a 2B pencil in my high school exams.
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Posted 4/24/16 , edited 4/24/16
We had pencils (HB) up until you got to around 7 years then they decided to have us write with fountain ink pens. That was a nightmare for me. Then I moved schools and we could choose what sort of pen to write with. I experimented with cartridge ink pens then settled on ball point pens. Pencils I reserved for art or working out some sums in maths.

I did have to use pencils with the national exam I had at age 11 and 16 since most of it was multiple choice. For the essay question parts I used pen and for writing down reports in my biology practicals.
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Posted 4/24/16
Back in my day we'd dip a feather quill into ink.
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Posted 4/24/16
I think it depends on what your doing exactly. I've never seen anyone use a pen during an exam at my university. During class, it's a mixture of pens, pencils and typed notes. Although, I do see a lot more people using pencils in class. (Mechanical)

Personally, I use pencils that need to be sharpened at home since I don't want them poking into my bag and ruining my bag. In class, it depends on if I think i'll be needing to erase or not. If not, i'll use a pen or type my notes (although preference on writing by hand).

Posted 4/24/16 , edited 4/24/16
Usually I just use mechanical pencils.

I think it's just a hollywood thing. Highschool allows both pens and pencils from what I know.

Though on standardized tests, we are required to use yellow pencils. Kind of a rule, I guess.
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Posted 4/24/16 , edited 4/24/16
I primarily used mechanical pencils starting from 5th grade onward, and I've only used two brands of mechanical pencil. However, these were my primary ones (mine were .5mm though). The standardized tests work with graphite so any mechanical pencil technically works and I never had any issues using them on these tests. Even in college I used mechanical pencils, but I did have a few ultra fine tip pens for signing things.
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