Pros: Pink, full-size eraser like a traditional pencil. Eraser works well; better than many white erasers. Same basic proportions as a regular pencil, and won't roll off your desk. Excellent lead writing quality, ideal lead hardness, writes with a clean line, virtually never breaks. Easy to use, usually available in major office supply stores. Color makes it easy to find.
Cons: Clip breaks off easily, as it's just cheap plastic.
Paper Mate SharpWriter mechanical pencils are not quite the best thing since sliced bread, but they're close! I buy these in 12-packs, usually, and use them for months before buying more. They're very basic; not offering bells and whistles such as a special grip or anything. But they fulfill their intended purpose and more, at an affordable price! 5 stars.
Pros: Excellent permanent writing coverage; nice dark ink, doesn't dry easily
Cons: As you know, if you accidentally write on a surface by mistake, it's tough to clean off
• Sharpie pens are one of the greatest inventions ever made. They're reliable, consistent and really do the job well. When I say that, I'm referring to the Super Sharpie Twin Tip and standard Sharpie markers. I can't say the same for the ultra fine or Magnum. Both of those seem to dry out faster. I used the magnum on my moving boxes. It didn't write as clearly as I'd like, and ran out of ink faster than expected. The ultra fine models have a nice, clean line but seem to run out of ink quickly, too. For most uses, I'll stick with my favorites: Super Sharpie Twin Tip and standard!
Heidi Howell, CPRW, specializes in resumes, business social media posts, selected web content and copywriting. More at www.heidihowell.com.