I bought a really nice drafting pencil with break resistant fine lead. It lives on my fence and I've gotten pretty good at putting it back. But most of the time I like those orange HD pencils you buy in a tube. fine leads, hold a point pretty well and make a really black mark. The mechanical pencil is even finer for exact marking,
I'm a Sudoku addict, but for that I started using extra soft elementary school pencils that are near half an inch thick. They make a really nice mark I can still see even in low light. Useless for woodworking.
I have a couple of aprons but can never remember to put them on until I've decorated the front of my shirt with sawdust. But the shark guard has improved that situation.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.