Another short review for you, this time of the PaperMate Visibility mechanical pencil. As uncool as it may be to admit that I like a cheap mechanical pencil in these days when most pen bloggers seem to be reviewing fancy fountain pens, I do like this cheap mechanical pencil. It probably helps that I have a soft spot for mechanical pencils because I've been using them longer and more consistently than I have anything else currently in my desk.
Cheap mechanical pencils tend to not have a lot of variation in body style, and the Visibility is no exception. I do like that it has a grip, though I wouldn't trust that plastic clip too far. There's no cap on the eraser, which is fine, as those things tend to get lost anyway. I love that these pencils come in bright colours (green and orange are my favourites). Bright colours make me happy. I think this would be a good pencil to have on hand in case I needed to lend it to someone (if they didn't give it back, I wouldn't be devastated) or to include as part of my minimalist travel kit (again, no worries if it gets a bit banged up while travelling). I could also see these as being a good choice for children (bright colours and lightweight).
I usually prefer 0.5mm pencils, but 0.7mm really isn't that bad. I'm even starting to like how the 0.7mm lead makes my everyday messy handwriting look just a tiny bit more expressive. (I still, however, find it hard to believe that my mechanical pencil of choice used to be a 0.9mm.)
Overall, the PaperMate Visibility is not an amazing pencil, but a decent option if you're looking for something cheap, simple, and colourful. It might not be cool to admit that I like it, but I've never been cool in my life and I doubt that I'll start now.
What basic, cheap supplies are you fond of?