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Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen - White Ink - 10 Pen Set - UNI UM-153 .1x10
  This is the best white..., September 2, 2014
By kri...
This is the best white gel pen I've come across. I use them frequently for card making and these are the only pens I've come across that I don't have to go back and re-write or re-draw what I've already worked on. The white is vibrant, it doesn't disappear into the paper and dull out and I have never experienced any skipping. They are such good quality I'm so happy I bought a box!
Rhodia Pad No. 18 - Black - 8.3" x 11.7" - Graph - RHODIA 182009
  These are great practice..., August 31, 2014
By rit...
These are great practice and layout pads for calligraphy. The paper takes the ink beautifully.
Morning Glory Mach 3 Roller Ball Pen - 0.38 mm - Black - MORNING GLORY MACH3 BLACK
  This pen is really nice,..., August 31, 2014
By sunkisshan
This pen is really nice, I have nothing to complain about the design or ink flow/opacity. However, the only downside is that the ink isn't waterproof at all.Otherwise great pen!
Uni Color Pencil Lead - 0.5 mm - Mint Blue - UNI U05205C.32
  Amazing leads. Not only..., August 30, 2014
By sciuridae
Amazing leads. Not only are they bearly completely erasable, but they are also water soluble. I wish JetPens stocked all the colors.
Platinum ZeroShin Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black - PLATINUM MZ-500A 1
  SO NICE to have this..., August 30, 2014
By jimmykitty
SO NICE to have this solid pencil.

I'm an artist and I use mechanical pencils (0.5) all the time. At first, I used the Kuru Toga pencil so I wouldn't have to stop to click and advance the lead, however Kuro Togo basically works when the lead is lifted and placed back on the paper -- which happens less with drawing versus writing. Then I moved to a shaker system, so I can advance the lead with just a flick of the wrist instead of stopping to click it with my thumb.

However, in all cases one thing that irked me was the loss of lead / breakage. And THAT was the real loss.

The ZeroShin is a great solution for lead loss/breakage. It holds the lead VERY close and uses a LOT more of the lead right to the end (well, there's a little bit that doesn't hold, but it's far better than other pencils). I have to stop and click with my thumb to advance the lead, but the amount of lead I am saving makes up for it.

The pencil is light. A bit too light for my tastes and the rubber on the grip is hard. If you're into gel grips you may have to buy one of those slip-on grips (since the pencil is thin enough).

Loading the pencil is easy, and it holds the usual amount of leads. I don't use the eraser so I can't comment on that.

The ZeroShin may not be the fanciest pencil on the shelf, but it is the most practical and makes up for it by using 97% of your lead instead of usual breakage and loss of control when the lead gets short. As an artist I can depend on it, lean on it a tiny bit more, and I have MORE control because the lead is SOLID with the pencil.

There is NO *wobble* as the pencil holds the lead. The wobble (inside the lead sleeve) is one of the main reasons for breakage. The ZeroShin is rock solid and feels like a wooden pencil lead. I appreciate this as an artist.