A Pox Upon my Once-Beloved Comfortmate Ultra 0.5 Mechanical Pencil
I love Papermate's Comformate Ultra Mechanical pencils because they're very comfortable to write with. I still love the 0.7mm, because they don't malfunction like the 0.5mm ones, which doesn't make sense to me.
I'm a writer, and I always hand write my novels and gigs first before I type them, and I've noticed that every single 0.5 Comfortmate I've used (I have like six of these things) eventually craps out on me halfway through a chapter. What happens is the little nib that the lead comes out of just falls off right in the middle of a sentence. I can generally repair it easily enough and get back to it, but with the knowledge that it will eventually fall off again. How am I supposed to explain to my client that his Chapter is overdue because my pencil sucks?
So my question is, what would you suggest? Which mechanical pencils (0.5) work best for you? I need one that won't destroy my pre-arthritic hand and that accepts high-polymer lead. What say you?
* By the way, I'm willing to spend up to $15 on a pencil, but I can't make myself spend $60.