Sigh...had to bring up pencils, didn't you?
The problem with pencils for me is the problem with lots of things, it seems - the best stuff disappeared a little while ago, and, of course, while it was around, I took it for granted. To wit: my all-time favorite woodcase pencil was Faber-Castell's Velvet Deluxe from around the 1990s: True to its name, writing quality was plush without being sloppy, smooth but very controlled. Yes, shoulda-would-coulda grabbed a case of the things, but by the time I was hip to just how good the things were (sometime around 2000-ish), the supply has totally dried up. Contacting F-C directly offered little more than sympathy...I think a few people there knew what I was going on about, but that ship had truly sailed. I keep a tight leash on the small and dwindling stash that remains.
My ABSOLUTE favorite mech pencil in the known world was a Niji "05" that was that rare "automatic" that truly walked the talk: an autofeed mechanism that worked without fail for some five years of heavy use, then suddenly stopping. Drove me nuts - it felt near-perfect in the hand, and, together with the Velvet Deluxe, actually got me back into taking pencils seriously, along with my then "new" rediscovery of fountain pens.
The close runner-up to that pencil was Rotring's now-discontinued Trio Pencil: not an auto, but largely makes up for that by offering three lead sizes (.3/.5/.7), and offers a fairly solid feel in spite of it's complex mechanics. That one's a keeper.
As for other woodcase pencils, Ticonderoga and Blackwing come somewhat close...when my supply of FCs disappears, I'll come back to trying those out.
And, I'll second Doctor_Memory's rave for Panasonic electric sharpeners...another well-kept secret in plain sight. Perfect points, and the "auto-stop" actually works.