Staedtler Mars Technico 780C And 788C Drafting Clutch Pencil

The 780C is my favorite mechanical pencil.

A 2mm lead pencil that is as tough as nails. It wears like a wooden pencil, so it requires sharpening.

Available lead grades are:

2B, B, HB, F, 2H, H, Blue and Red. There may be non-Staedtler colors available.

That prompted me to go hunting for drafting lead pointers, another collector’s rabbit hole.

My sharpener of choice … the 1950s and 60s, Koh-I-Noor 992 lead pointer.