I wanted to upgrade my pencils for Kingdom Death and assumed that all mechanical pencils were thin lead that breaks easy so I grabbed this kit as a test. It's thicker lead and intended for a workshop markup pencil, so it's harder to keep a point but hasn't been a major problem. I don't have a lathe so I tried to cut it hexagonal to match the hardware. I cut up 4 blanks before I could mentally figure out how to use a jig I'd made to actually make the shape. The first few times I ended up with a 5 sided polygon that looked like a school zone sign. But eventually I got it! Finished with linseed oil.