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The flat pencil bodies of carpenter pencils allow precision sketching. The value to artists is on a par with artist pencils such as the Faber-Castell colored pencils. Mechanical pencils allow more high-tech control. Still, the simplicity of carpenter pencils makes them a valuable tool for artists and designers who hate to fuss with too many moving parts. Sometimes simple works best, as any child who uses school pencils will tell you.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|