There's always a spot in my carry for a quality mechanical pencil, and I recently had the opportunity to sample the Modern Fuel Pencil, Version 2.0. I missed out on the first iteration, but Andrew Sanderson, the project founder, kindly sent me a 2.0 prototype in stainless steel. While I didn't have an extended period to "road test" this pencil, I could immediately tell from the outset that a LOT of time and effort went into development, from the seamless body design to the customized, interchangeable refill mechanisms that allow you to switch between .5mm, .7mm, and .9mm lead sizes. The 2.0 version of the Modern Fuel pencil also features a retractable tip, and an option to plug the eraser for an even sleeker look. Yes, the all-metal pencil is heavy, but it's also slim and well-balanced, and the weight didn't bother me even when I used it for some more extended writing sessions at work.
Where to Order
Kickstarter Rewards start at $80, and the pencil is available in stainless steel, copper, bronze, and titanium. There are 19 days left to back this project, so if you're interested, be sure to get in on it before it closes. Andrew also indicated that he would send me a final version of the pencil once production is finalized. If the finished product is anywhere near as good as this prototype, this could turn into a must-have EDC item.
Note: The Kickstarter is now closed, with the pencil available on the Modern Fuel website.
Disclaimer: Andrew of Modern Fuel loaned me the prototype pencil featured in this post for review purposes, free of charge.