My search for a mechanical pencil that can hold the blue Pilot Color ENO leads without breaking has led me to the Staedtler Mars Micro 775.
My main mechanical pencil is the Pilot H-327 which is great but for some reason, the blue pencil leads just keep breaking inside, even though the lead is quite thick at 0.7mm.
Why blue pencil leads? Well, that's the colour that doesn't get picked easily by scanners. And you can turn off the blue channel in Photoshop. So if you ink or pencil over the blue lines, you can just do very minimal post editing to enhanced your line art.
The Staedtler Mars Micro 775 is available in four different sizes: 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 0.9mm.
You differentiate each size by the colour just below the cap. In the case of 0.7mm, it's blue. For 0.3, it's yellow, 0.5 is red and 0.9 is orange.
This is how it looks like when the front is exposed. Nothing too surprising. There's a nice rubber grip for that additional slight comfort.
For some reason, this mechanical pencil is able to use the blue pencil leads without breaking. I'm sure there are other mechanical pencils that can do that as well, but I'm lucky to find one now instead of having to try out all others.
There really isn't much to say about the Mars Micro 775 except that it's a good mechanical pencil. It's light, the build quality feels great. Every click pushes the lead out by the nice amount, and the spring is not too stiff.