I lucked into a couple of these Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 pencils. They're "artists' pencils," I presume. No eraser on the end.
One is an HB, which is equivalent to the standard No. 2 pencil lead. The other is a 2B.
They are made in Germany.
Construction is flawless. The wood is of high quality.
The leads are smooth and long-lasting. I can't complain.
Pencils are a thing. I started using pencils -- mechanical and wooden -- more and more over the past year.
I have lost most of my mechanical pencils. They seem to walk away. While I just bought a load of cheap Bics, I've been increasingly drawn to the traditional wooden pencil (ring the bell, take a drink, do what you would do whenever a bad pencil pun appears in an article about same).
Pens have lost their usefulness for me in my so-called work (writing, making and modifying lists, taking notes, etc). The ink bleeds, I make too many mistakes that need to be crossed out. With a well-sharpened pencil, my writing is clear. It's clean. I can erase. On paper, pencil marks don't smudge in the same way as those made with ballpoint (or gel) ink.
Overall, writing with a pencil is an enjoyable experience. That's the main thing.