I first started using Mechanical pencils in the 4th grade when I borrowed my friends pencil and liked it so much that I never gave it back to him. Mechanical pencils offer an alternative to the never sharp manual pencils that I used to use since they almost always maintain that perfect sharpness. They’ll never dull, which makes for very consistent writing and sketching. They’re also fairly cheap and readily available everywhere, but what’s more important is that they’ll never need to be awkwardly sharpened in the middle of a test.