Well, whoops. Looks like my 0.3mm Staedtler just died on me, after many years of service.

I rummaged around in my studio for my emergency backup’s backups and found another Alvin and a couple of Koh-i-Noors, which seem to be on the exact same model as the Alvins except red instead of yellow, and also my much loved old olive green Pentel. This isn’t a Pentel like their cheapie plastic throwaways, but a proper meant-to-last hard plastic and metal drafting mechanical pencil.

Sooo ... Now my main art pencil is a 0.3mm Alvin with a Koh-i-Noor as emergency backup.