I´ve been using the Pilot Pencil since I was 16; after I met the great composer Olav Anton Thommessen who recomended it. The 2B lead is of greatest importance, but hard—if not impossible—to get in Norway; so I ordered the right lead from Hong Kong! The eraser is the most important tool, and—Thommessen again—uses Staedtler Mars Plastic. I need to write my compositions on paper; I do not use computer on the first hand; but I use Finale for type setting the music from the final draft. EDIT: Pilot Norsk AS do import the lead, pencil and also great erasers!